NBD - Thunderbird closet queen

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fletz, Oct 7, 2017.


  1. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    2622DD0E-219F-4C6F-9946-AA0F0678FCDE. B9101BDE-0B1B-40F5-A392-CF495DE3D00A. 8795C800-E652-4ACB-B438-E379F316C4DF. D93BF308-92B8-43B8-B1C9-F18621969BC6. 4537B9BF-0A0E-4DCB-ADCB-96CB57B57270. 5F4D480C-6A6D-470E-91A8-46BECC58C3FD. Of all the Basses I’ve owned and sold, there are two that I’ve done it twice with: one was Tony Franklin fretless and the other was Thunderbirds. I found this at a local guitar guy and had to come back to the Thunderbird club. It’s a 1991 closet queen. Store owner told me he’s had it for over a year and when I dismissed the $1400 price tag he came down to $1,000 out the door. When I say it’s practically brand new, I mean it. Still has the warranty card, “manual” and truss tool. When I changed the strings I had to adjust the relief and the truss cover seems like it has never come off (the screws were untouched). There was dust on it and on the case but as you can see from the pictures, it cleaned up perfectly. I would dare say better condition than any off the wall “New” bass you’d buy at whatever store. There’s no cracking in the pots and the case is immaculate. Im-mac-yoo-late.

    I think it’s walnut ... not burst. Can anyone confirm that?

    Oh and it sounds fantastic with brand new hi-beams.
     
  2. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Pure Sex!
    Congrats!
     
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  3. tat2clod

    tat2clod

    Nov 19, 2011
    Bloomington IN
    Congratulations on a sweet Thunderbird.
     
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  4. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    NJ or Pa
    Looks like one of the best Thunderbird deals one can hope for.
     
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  5. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Once you have one of the early 90s ebony board birds it makes it hard to have a newer one
     
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  6. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Beautiful example, in the early years of reissue the neck was quite flat, as yours is. (Note how close the bridge sit to the surface of the bass) In later years Gibson added quite a bit of pitch to the neck and you'd end up raising the bridge a lot. The pickups are most likely a variation of the design used in '76s, take a look sometime!
     
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  7. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Very cool. Congrats.
     
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  8. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    12EA3A72-7383-4BEC-8140-1C86AD1CB607.
     
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  9. abracadunphy

    abracadunphy

    May 22, 2015
    Nice bass! Congratulations
     
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  10. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    hubba hubba - that's one sexy bass!!!
     
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  11. Treebeard

    Treebeard Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2016
    Raleigh, NC
    Bear Light Symphony (bassist/vocalist)
    Cex.
     
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  12. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    How can I tell on the pickups?
     
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  13. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015



    I would have guessed mahogany.

    Nice.
     
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  14. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Could be. I’ll need to look up the colors and compare.
     
  15. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    Nice Gibson! I got a 2013 this year and love it.
     
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  16. bassman10096

    bassman10096

    Jul 30, 2004
    MKE
    The grain is definitely mahogany. Pretty.
     
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  17. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Beautiful! And a steal to boot! Enjoy your NBD.
     
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  18. Sartori

    Sartori Supporting Member

    $1k for a basically new '91 T-bird?

    Nice!
     
  19. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Next time you have the strings loosened, unscrew one of the pickups and take shot with your phone, and post it over on the club thread. I'm curious as to which of several versions Gibson used at that point vs. what was in my '89.
     
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  20. StrangerBasses

    StrangerBasses Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2016
    DFW, Texas
    What a 'beaut! Congrats!
    Man, there is nothing like a brand new condition T Bird. Seriously. Got mine, new in sealed Gibson box and everything. Got that vanilla Gibson case smells... Certainly looks like mahogany vintage burst to me. Enjoy!
     
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