For thundering lows with contemporary punch and presence in a timelessly stylish package, the new Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass from Gibson USA can't be beat. When Gibson changed up the original "Rever... Read More
For thundering lows with contemporary punch and presence in a timelessly stylish package, the new Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass from Gibson USA can't be beat. When Gibson changed up the original "Reverse-Bodied" Firebird guitar and Thunderbird bass lines in 1965 to the new "Non-Reverse" design—so called for its more traditional, though still groundbreaking, asymmetrical offset body lines—it created a whole new cult of devotees. The Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass applies the same radical design sense to the low end, adding cutting-edge hardware and a pair of the four-string world's best sounding pickups for a package that takes you from rock, to pop, to jazz, to blues, to fusion with equal fluency.
The Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass is a full-sized bass with a scale length of 34" and the supreme playability you have come to expect from Gibson USA, so lows are as mammoth as you could ever want. This bass is primed for the demands of modern music, and it looks stunning in your choice of Vintage Sunburst or Pelham Blue finish, both in high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer, enhanced by black-plated hardware and solid-black pickup covers.
Like all great Gibson electric guitars, the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass starts with select tonewoods, carefully crafted for optimum sonic response. A solid mahogany body is carved in the iconic offset-cutaway style of the legendary 1965 Firebird guitar and Thunderbird bass. It has a glued-in neck made from solid, quarter-sawn mahogany for superior strength and resonance, which is carved in a comfortably rounded and supremely playable profile that measures .860" at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th, with a distinctive four-a-side Thunderbird "beak" headstock. The fingerboard is made from rosewood for a classic look, clear tone, and unprecedented durability. In addition, a hardwearing PLEK-cut Corian™ nut helps to ensure precise intonation, while enhancing sustain and resonance.
Strings are anchored at the body end by a rock-solid three-point Thunderbird bridge with individually adjustable saddles, and high-quality Grover™ tuners at the headstock, all plated in black to match the contemporary look of the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass. This solid foundation is amplified through your rig of choice via a pair of contemporary Thunderbird pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity, giving the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass the power to slam the low end with depth and dynamics like no other bass available. Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Put it all together, and it's a great-playing bass with outstanding power and versatility, and stunning alternative looks to beat anything out there. Check one out today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and see what this mighty slab of alternative low-end can do for your music.
Each Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass includes a Gibson hardshell case and owner's manual.
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Having played a 1969 Gibson Thunderbird IV for years in bands up and down the east coast, and parted with it in college to make a car payment, I have been anxiously awaiting the purchase of the new Gibson Thunderbird NR to maybe help alleviate some of the pain of selling the first one. I own Epiphone and Gould NR basses but was never satisfied and always thought if Gibson reintroduced a NR Bird, I had to have one. Besides, the old TB IVs are way to beat up and expensive. Gibson has done a good job on this one although this is not a replica of the first one, it is an improved new take on it. The body shape remains the same, the pickguard is the same great white with the melted in black bird, the pickups are huge and all the hardware is black, the bridge is now 3-point found on other Thunderbirds and EBs, gone is the "bad bird" bridge and also the string covers and mutes. Also the intonation is correct on this one where my 1969 bird flatted and soured on high frets. Having played Fender Jazz Bass mostly for years and never played a standard reverse Thunderbird, I was totally taken back by the redesign of the neck to reinforce the headstock to fix the neck breakage problem with the old ones. The added wood in the area where the headstock meets the neck at the nut is noticeable and initially, was annoying but after a couple of minutes of playing, I did not notice it anymore. It does not hurt the playability of the guitar at all and will certainly negate neck breaks. The sound and quality is great and exactly what you would expect from a Gibson bass this size and statue. The brown-burst finish is excellent. Playability is very good but this big bird bass may get tiresome on long sessions. The bass feels mostly balanced and I did not notice any neck dive but I think I will add a strap button to back of the body where the neck meets, like we did with the old ones, because I like the way the bass hangs with the top free to move and it feels more stable and in my opinion, looks better, too. I originally thought that I would buy this bass, change all the hardware to chrome, swap out the tuners, add string guards, and have a replica of my old one. After spending a few hours with this bass, I am going to leave it as is. The pickups are a nonstandard size and the bass has an elegant jazz club evening look, as does my burst and tortoise jazz bass, and a great personality that should not be messed with. I am going to just enjoy it and remember the good old days.