Do you suffer from UBS, Ugly Bass Syndrome? Thankfully, Gibson has the cure with the new Gene Simmons G2 Thunderbird. It is the first signature bass for the Kiss bass player, and one of potentially many more to come in the future.
Gibson Gene Simmons G2 Thunderbird
The official Gibson launch video for the new Gene Simmons G2 Thunderbird Bass is set out like an ’80s infomercial and asks “Do you suffer from UBS, Ugly Bass Syndrome? Not enough bottom end? Not enough punch? Bad intonation? ”
Made to Rock!
Actually for a signature bass for Gene Simmons this new model is pretty understated and almost subdued. With only a mirrored pickguard with a small skull-‘n’-guitars logo. It looks pretty rocking and is based around a fairly traditional construction as well. The Thunderbird has a mahogany body and mahogany neck, fitted with an ebony fretboard with pearloid reverse split diamond inlays. This model has a pair of Gibson Thunderbird pickups, each with its own individual volume controls and a master tone control. Simple, yet very effective.
Subtle and Enhanced
Hardware includes a Hipshot bridge and a set of Hipshot Mini Clover tuners, along with a Graph Tech nut. All of which are upgrades over the standard hardware you would normally associate with a Thunderbird bass. It is available in one finish option only, Ebony and comes with a modern hardshell case included in the price tag. I like it, it looks very functional and almost weapon like. Perfect for Mr Simmons. After seeing this new G2 bass, I must say that I am quite looking forward to seeing more models from Gibson and Mr Simmons, as this one is pretty sweet!
More Gibson Information
Official Gibson Video
- Made for Rock?: Gibson
- Subtle skull-'n'-guitars logo: Gibson