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Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird

Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird  ·  Source: Gibson

Gibson has re-released its Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass officially today. This classic 1965 model is available in three great-looking finishes.

Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird

This release of the Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass has a mahogany body and neck, and a rosewood fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets. Each of the two Thunderbird pickups has a dedicated volume control, and a master tone. These are pretty high-output humbuckers loaded with ceramic magnets, so expect plenty of growl from this T-Bird!

Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird

Non-Reverse Thunderbird in Sparkling Burgundy

Three Colours

The Sparkling Burgundy, Faded Pelham Blue and Inverness Green nitrocellulose finishes look really good on these models, especially paired with the white pickguard and chrome hardware. Though I reckon a black pickguard would look even sweeter on some of them.

Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird

Non-Reverse Thunderbird in Inverness Green

Balance and Tone

Elsewhere you get a Graph Tech nut, a 3-point adjustable bridge which Gibson says will provide a full range of adjustment for action and intonation, and a set of Hipshot Ultralite tuning machines. Therefore, everything should be rock solid in terms of tuning and sustain with this robust setup. Plus, it should help with neck-dive, as the headstock weight is now lower and should, in theory, improve the overall balance of these once neck heavy models.

Overall, nice to see these mid-’60s basses in these three cool colourways. If you want that rock tone, then these are certainly the ‘birds for you.

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by Jef

2 responses to “The Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass is back!”

  1. Todd McKernan says:

    Oh god dammit. How am I going to explain this one to my wife?!

  2. JP says:

    If there was a reverse T-Bird in Inverness Green, I’d sell a kidney.

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