Gig bag for Gibson Thunderbird IV?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rods, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Rods


    Jul 4, 2008
    So I've got a Gibson Thunderbird and I'm tired of always having the hardshell even though I know its better to keep it in there. Does anyone know where i can find a gigbag that'll fit it either perfect or ok? Preferably leather but any feedback is good. I've been looking for a while but i haven't any luck.
  2. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    Ritter makes a bag (not the bass builder) for T-Birds
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Started the same exact thread a couple of weeks ago...

    Unfortunately they seem incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to come by at the moment. I was lucky and someone here offered to sell me an epiphone one - that isn't all that great actually. Real thin, but it does the job. Only other options I found in a week's worth of searching were to:

    A. Buy the epiphone gigpack here and sell what ya don't need.

    B. Email this guy [email protected] . Didn't check your location, but he's the Ritter Bags US distributor. He told me they haven't had a shipment in a while but they might possibly get some come august. Another source said that Ritter is going under and there aren't going to be any bags in a while - but I don't know.

    C. Go to all your local music stores and see if they've got something that will fit it.

    I couldn't find anything online, and the couple of oversized bags I did find wouldn't fit it. Traben and Dean if I remember correctly. Good luck, and please post if you find anything as I wouldn't mind upgrading the one I presently have.
  4. Rods


    Jul 4, 2008
    well funny thing is that i work in a guitar shop lol so i guess i might as well give up. o well.
  5. blackthunder


    Apr 21, 2009
    At Last!

    Body Glove makers of swim and suba gear now makes a bass gig bag for Epiphone/Gibson model Thunderbird IV bass.

    For some reason this product is not listed on their website,

    But, sells this bag for $29.99.
    This bag is part of Body Gloves (Green Room Series)

    I purchased one this month (4/2009). It is made of good
    material with three pockets for take alongs.

    Take Care!
  6. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Hey, thanks for the info. Is it a fairly solid gigbag or is it just a thin covering? I don't take my T-bird out cuz I don't want to carry the case around, and the gigbag I have now is too flimsy. If you could compare it to another gigbag, give a quick review or pic, I'd be grateful as I might order one too. Thanks.
  7. rr5025


    Nov 12, 2008
    I have one that is made by Musicians Friend, fits it well and seems pretty well protected. I picked mine up with my bird though so I don't know the price but it's worked great for me.
  8. Man, you guys would be brave (or foolish) trapsing around with a T-Bird in a gig bag, with as many broken headstocks as you see on T-Birds, that big ol' paddle headstock angled back like that and that tiny little area behind the nut... that's all flirtin' with disaster...

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  9. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 to the above.
  10. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    For my 200 dollar Epi-Bird I have a reasonable 50.00 bag and could care less, but a Gib-Bird would NEVER be in a bag as long as I had a HSC available---EVER!!! :D
  11. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I carry one of mine in a Ritter gig bag - very carefully. It is one of two '76 Bicentennial Tbirds I own. This one has already had a neck repair. I don't worry about it as much. My other one I've had since it was new, and it is in excellent condition, so I don't carry it in a gig bag - in fact it hasn't left the house in years.
  12. I wouldn't carry any of my Gibson made guitars in a gig bag.

    I know plenty of people use them without incident, I know plenty of people that (for all intents and porpoises) NEED to use a gig bag (with public transport as a consideration) and I know of plenty of people who just prefer a gig bag... I've always carried my basses and guitars in hardshell cases. I see the biffs, scuffs and dings in my cases and realize that the case is there for protection, first and foremost.

    The one guitar I have with a gig bag got a bent tuning key for the sake of convenience. But it's a Tele, it can take it.
  13. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    I hear ya's on all the above. That's why my T-bird never gets out to play. :/ The case is huge too and doesn't fit in my trunk. Just makes it into the back seat and I have to work it a bit. I think that bass may be going on the chopping block soon - it's going to be a waste of a beautiful bass just hiding in my bedroom.

    Would still like a little review.
  14. Thorsoundcore

    Thorsoundcore Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    dude, the hardshell for the gibson can't be any bigger than the one for the epi..that thing is huge,and i never have any problems fitting it into my car.unless your car is really small?
  15. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Trust me, I wrestle it into the back seat.


    Mine's also one of the rare 5 strings. That may add to the size, but I don't know fer sure.
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  16. FSSmikey


    Mar 7, 2009
    Miami FL
  17. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    People tend to treat a hard shell case rougher because it can take it, so it is going to get scuffed and dinged more than a gig bag would. When I use a gig bag I'm far more careful with it than I would be with a hard case.
  18. Thorsoundcore

    Thorsoundcore Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2009

    could be..
  19. Musician's friend has a traben bag that fits a T-bird really well.

  20. My T-Bird is difficult getting across a vehicle, I don't mess with it and drop the seats and run it lengthwise.