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Gibson thunderbird IV

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by airrick, Dec 12, 2005.


  1. airrick

    airrick

    Dec 4, 2005
  2. mark roberts

    mark roberts Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Play it through a Marshall Superbass 100 double stack 4 x 12 or and Ampeg SVT w/8x10 cab.
     
  3. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    One of the absolute classic rock basses.
     
  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    My "soul brother", for sure. Pick one up, and you should know immediately if it's for you our not.

    Tom.
     
  5. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    In the top 2 of my favorite all time basses. Not a bass for everyone tho.
     
  6. klocwerk

    klocwerk

    May 19, 2005
    Somerville, MA
    My opinion?
    One of the ugliest instruments ever made.
     
  7. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    I think they're cool-lookin, but as far as feel and sound go- I played an older-ish Gibby T-bird and the new Epi one in arctic white, and I actually liked the Epi a lot better. Am I alone in that?
     
  8. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio

    yes
     
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    +1
     
  10. macahan

    macahan

    Mar 22, 2005
    Karlstad, Sweden
    the old 70's birds are amazing.. and awesome for playing rock.. but they are neck HEAVY!.. more than the current ones..

    if i ever buy a bird again it will be a 70's one.. and i hope i can buy it soon..
     
  11. 69'Vette

    69'Vette

    Jan 28, 2003
    Cedar Hills, UT
    Says a guy who also says: "Groovin for 12+ years on my BC Rich Wave". Hmmm.

    This:

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    or This?

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    Not that I hate it or anything, but I certainly wouldn't describe a Wave as beautiful...

    As far as the other comments go, older 'birds can be cured of their neck heavy reputation with the simple fix of moving the strap pegs. As for their sound? Like Tom said, play one and you'll know pretty quickly whether or not it's for you. I have 15 of them. I obviously like them.

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  12. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    I was wondering how long it would take for 69'Vette to chime in on this! I love your collection! :bassist:
     
  13. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    George. Will you marry me?
     
  14. shanmag

    shanmag

    Jul 27, 2005
    can i have 1? :smug:
     
  15. 69'Vette

    69'Vette

    Jan 28, 2003
    Cedar Hills, UT
    You know Pat, if this was your picture I'd seriously consider it!
     

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  16. thats' an impressive collection. i am a dyed in the wool, Gibson
    guitar lover. imo, they have no equal. as far as bass goes, they look great but, what Les Paul was to guitars, Leo Fender was to bass. this is my opinion. i've played Gib and Epi basses. they're just not for me. :cool:
     
  17. prismacolor2

    prismacolor2

    Nov 6, 2003
    Boston
    I'd tried (but never connected with) the grabber, ripper, victory, EB series, les paul, Explorer and just about every other kind of Gibson but a bird. Based upon my experience, I thought I'd never actually buy anything that said Gibson - the moment I played a Bird, I fell in love. From Fenders and flats to Birds and rounds. Whodathunkit?
     
  18. Fifteeen T-Birds! But... that's...

    *sound of jaw smacking desk*

    Gnnnh... gnh gah whgh?

    I love the tone of the Thunderbird, it's absolutely gorgeous... but as has been said, I suppose I'm one of those people who it's "not a bass for". Despite being attracted by the killer tone, i can't get comfortable enough with it for some reason.

    Also, check out the look of that knife-shaped headstock... it's all kinds of sexy.