Published On: Fri, Nov 11th, 2011

Gibson’s New Limited Edition Thunderbird IV Bass

Gibson have introduced a new Thunderbird that packs a serious punch

Bassists could do a lot worse than having one of Gibson's tasty new Thunderbird IV basses low slung around their necks.

With Gibson's Plus Bass pickups it's packed with power and will service the bottom end of rock with aplomb.

Here's what Gibson say…

Derived from the Firebird guitar line introduced back in 1963, the Thunderbird bass has always presented a hot alternative to the standard four-stringed options on stage and in the studio.


The Thunderbird IV Bass Limited from Gibson USA packs two of Gibson's most powerful bass pickups, premium tonewoods, advanced hardware and through-neck construction for the ultimate in tone and sustain, wrapping it all in a look that remains thoroughly radical nearly 50 years after it first hit the scene.

A full-size bass with a scale length of 34" and the supreme playability you have come to expect from Gibson, this is a serious machine to hold down the bottom end for rock, metal, blues, fusion or whatever you want ram it into.

On top of all that, it looks great in a high-gloss cherry finish, in genuine nitrocellulose lacquer, with a white pickguard with Thunderbird graphic. 

 
The core of the Thunderbird IV Bass Limited lies in its "through neck" construction, with the neck and body core crafted from the same rugged nine-piece, Grade-A mahogany and walnut tonewood blank for unparalleled strength and sustain.

It takes more work to build a bass in this manner, but the effort pays off in every aspect of the instrument's feel and response. Two solid, Grade-A mahogany body wings complete the iconic Thunderbird package, which cuts a figure recognized on stages the world over.

The neck is carved to a comfortably rounded profile that measures .790" at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th, with a width of 1.5" at the nut. It is topped with a 20-fret fingerboard made from exotic preciosa, a rich-brown hardwood with outstanding durability and a clear tone. 

 
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 chrome to match the rockin' look of this bass.

All this tonal goodness is cranked through a pair of contemporary Thunderbird Plus Bass pickups, with ceramic magnets for enhanced punch and clarity, giving the Thunderbird IV Bass Limited the power to roll out the rumble like no other bass out there.

Individual volume controls and a master tone control allow you to blend pickups as desired for a wide range of tones. Add it up, and it's a great-looking, smooth-playing and fierce-sounding four-string—a stunning alternative to the run-of-the-mill basses in the game.

Check one out today at your authorized Gibson dealer, and see what that alternative rumble can do for your music. 

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