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Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird

Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird  ·  Source: Gibson

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The new Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird has just dropped and is the latest signature bass model from the company. Rex Brown is known for his work with Pantera and Down, and his solo album, Smoke on This… 

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Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird

This is one good-looking bass and I’m sure many players would agree. The Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird comes finished in black nitrocellulose and has gold hardware throughout. The model feature some pretty decent hardware, including a Hipshot bridge and Hipshot Mini-Clover tuners with a Drop D Xtender. Elsewhere construction is pretty traditional and includes a typical mahogany body/neck construction, plus a 12″ radius rosewood fretboard. It has 20 medium jumbo frets and features a Graphtech nut, so it should play nicely, especially with that Rounded profile neck, which isn’t too large.

Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird

Ebony Thunderbird

Rexbucker

Powered by a pair of Rexbucker Thunderbird Humbucker pickups, this bass should growl with the best of them. Making it perfect for low-down dirty metal tones and more. The controls for this model consist of 2 Volume knobs and 1 Master Tone knob with a push/pull switch for the Active/Passive switching. This I would guess will make this a pretty versatile bass, and I like the uncluttered control layout.

Hipshot bridge and Rexbuckers

Pro Quality

This new signature model follows-on nicely from the recent Gene Simmons G2 Thunderbird and I think it will be popular. It certainly has attitude and style. Plus, there is some great hardware here as well, offering a professional quality instrument. It isn’t cheap, but I think it is worth the asking price.

MSRP – USD 2799 *

Gibson Thunderbird Rex Brown Bass

Gibson Thunderbird Rex Brown Bass

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Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird

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5 responses to “Gibson Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird: All black bass with plenty of attitude!”

    JP says:
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    Another Gibson signature model. Gosh, what a surprise! Didn’t see that coming at all.

    Gibson’s brilliant marketing strategy of bringing something totally unexpected to the market every few weeks is really paying off.

    (That’s irony, by the way)

      Jef says:
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      I know. We all really wanted another Slash signature model this week… Why can’t Gibson make another Slash model this week? It’s been ages and we really do need another one. I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms, as I really need a new Slash Les Paul this week.

        JP says:
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        We need another signature model by ANY artist from Gibson like a hole in the head. So much copying nowadays – endless old synths and rubbish-sounding drum machines from the 1980s regurgitated in software and hardware, a procession of signature guitars, basses, drums, etc etc.

        With people being spoon fed an endless diet of copy, copy, copy, copy, copy by manufacturers, where are the next fresh, new musical styles going to come from?

          Jef says:
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          I would hazard a guess that musicians will use cheap gear, that is second-hand and has been forgotten about. As historically that has been the case, for example, mid-’60s guitarists using old Les Paul, late ’80s old 303 Bassline, and late ’80s/early- ’90s offset Jazzmasters, and fuzz pedals etc Music companies will always make ‘new’ gear based on what they think musicians currently want, but 90% of the stuff sold probably never makes a hit record anyway. The whole business is based on making you want new shiny things. But, I think it is great that you can now buy an analogue synth for a few hundred or a decent vintage style fuzz that doesn’t fall apart, etc

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