Gibson Thunderbird Bass 2014 Vintage Sunburst
The Gibson Thunderbird Bass joined Gibson’s distinguished lineup shortly after its introduction in 1963. The Thunderbird’ unique reversed zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich, enlisted by Gibson to bolster the guitar lines of the early ’60s and help solidify the company’ eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers.Today’ Thunderbird IV with its huge, thunderous sound is still a benchmark of innovation, functionality, and style, and continues to symbolize Gibson’ drive to achieve creative excellence.
The 2014 model features solid mahogany body and wings, 9-ply multi laminate mahogany/walnut neck, rosewood fingerboard with the extra-special 120th anniversary banner on the 12th fret, max grip speed knobs, extra large strap button, graph tech nut, 34″ scale, T-Bird Plus pickups, black chrome hardware and 3-point adjustable bridge.
About Gibson Basses
Gibson’s electric and acoustic six strings are so fabled, it’s easy to forget the company’s basses. But there are some absolute classics at the heart of rock, blues and soul history and you can get improved models today.
1963 saw the launch of the full-scale Gibson Thunderbird, a high-end instrument that complemented Gibson’s 6-string Firebird. Like the Firebird, its curves were outlined by U.S. auto designer Raymond H. Dietrich who had conceived classic cars for Chrysler and Lincoln and the Checker A2 cab (patent pictured). Dietrich liked curves!