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!
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.
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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- Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Sparkling Burgundy: Gibson
- Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird: Gibson