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Thunderbird a luxury. - Reviews Gibson 50th Anniversary Thunderbird Bass

Value For Money : Excellent
Manufacturing USA

Mahogany body
Neck-through mahogany, rounded profile
Rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets and pearloid inlays Dot
Grover Shamrock, 20:1 ratio
2 T-Bird Bass pickups with ceramic magnets
2 volume controls, 1 tone
Thunderbird bridge with adjustable saddles three points
Black cover plate with picture Thunderbird and golden anniversaries
Gold hardware
Bullion Gold finish
Flight case included


the neck is very thin, very easy to play with a pick and fingers. In comparison, a Music Man Stingray becomes a hassle.
Ergonomics is very good, fairly balanced because of the body shape. The bass does not sting the nose as can an Epiphone.
Access to the last notes treble is difficult. for the rest, the handle is a freeway.
the sound is very easy to obtain. This is a bass with a large output level, ideal for Fuzz and other distortions.
It is a very versatile bass, also perfect for jazz.

This model compared to other Thunderbird, is incredibly light. selected Mahogany is certainly for many.


This bass is perfect for everything related to rock, stoner metal to ... Perfect also for jazz, especially for players using a pick.
the sound is big enough, the "fat" or thick style.


I have a 1977 Stingray, a Gibson Explorer Bass, a 4003 Rickenbacker 1993. This is my best bass, no doubt.
Compared with my other basses, I like having a toy so it is easy. This model compared to other Thunderbird, is incredibly light. selected Mahogany is certainly for many.
Excellent value for money (I got 900 euros), I do it again this choice without a doubt. You must see this as a low Thunderbird luxury at all levels. The changes are minimal, but offers a real plus. Only the finish may put off, but the bass leaves no one indifferent, and rather in the right direction. Gold Bullion finish particularly responsive to light, but never in the brilliant sense. She often gray tone.

If you like Thunderbird, go for it before there was more.