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…
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.
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.
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.
Gibson Thunderbird Rex Brown Bass
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- Ebony Thunderbird: Gibson
- Hipshot bridge and Rexbuckers: Thomann