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

  1. 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


    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
  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User 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
  4. 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?
  5. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    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.