Gibson Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass
Gibson introduces the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass, featuring a unique asymmetrical offset body shape.
Looks like Gibson is on a low frequency roll, releasing another electric bass guitar, this time modifying a classic Gibson design and transforming it into a great looking 4 string bass.
Although it features a classic look based on old Gibson Thunderbird and Firebird models, the tone of the Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass lean heavily on the modern side and it also features new technology that helps improve playability.
Its most prominent feature is its unique solid mahogany body that is carved into an offset-cutaway shape. This is the same shape used on the '65 era Firebird guitar and Thunderbird bass.
The Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass features a glued-in neck that is made from solid mahogany for improved stability and resonance. It is shaped into a modern rounded shape that is easy to play. It measures .860" at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. Your left hand will enjoy playing on its rosewood fretboard, with 20 frets, 12" radius and 34" scale length.
Instead of the usual Les Paul like headstock, this bass comes with a four-a-side Thunderbird "beak" black headstock that features a gold Gibson logo. A PLEK-cut Corian nut is also set in place for improved intonation and sustain. The headstock also houses four Grover with Shamrock tuners that are plated in black to match the contemporary look of the instrument. The other end of the string is firmly set in place by a three-point Thunderbird bridge that features individually adjustable saddles.
To capture its sound, Gibson equipped this bass guitar with a pair of Thunderbird bass pickups that feature ceramic magnets - said to be great with low frequency clarity. The pickups are controlled via a master tone knob and dedicated volume knobs for each pickup.
The Thunderbird Non-Reverse Bass comes in two different high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finishes - Pelham Blue or Vintage Sunburst. The MSRP for this bass guitar is $1,899. For more information and for the complete specifications, you can head over to Gibson.
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