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86/87 GIBSON IV BASS

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lyla1953, Nov 29, 2013.


  1. lyla1953

    lyla1953

    Jul 18, 2012
    I can't find much info on these - Anyone have any experience with one and or know where I can find out about them?

    Anything is helpful - Thanks
     
  2. Helluvatim

    Helluvatim

    Sep 24, 2006
    New Jersey
    I have one myself, was told it was an 88 model, and these body styles only lasted a few years. Bought it because of its oddity, not so much it's rareness. I haven't come across much info myself
     
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  4. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I had the 5 string version for a while. They sound a lot like a T-Bird but with good upper-fret access. Used to be able to get them really cheap but the prices have climbed a bit over the past couple years
     
  5. lyla1953

    lyla1953

    Jul 18, 2012
    Can you give me some idea about the nut width, weight, scale, overall quality of the build?
    Is it a closet queen or a regular player?
     
  6. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    Ohio
    I had a Gibson IV for a while. Very nice bass. It was the standard long scale with a 1 5/8" nut.
    I recall it being very comfortable to play, and very light weight.
    I believe that Gibson used the same pickups in the IV as they did in the Thunderbird, so if you've got an idea of what a mid to late 1980's Gibson Thunderbird sounds like, you're pretty close to what the IV sounds like.
    I only held on to mine for a few months. I ended up flipping it in a G.A.S. fueled frenzy, but I have positive memories of it.
     



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