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Vintage guitars for sale: Gibson Thunderbird

The Gibson Thunderbird was designed by Roger Rossmeisl and debuted in 1963. Like Gibson's earlier trio of space-age designs (Explorer, Flying V and Moderne), it was perhaps a little too far ahead of it's time, and only sold in small numbers. After complaints from Fender it was redesigned in 1965, to feature a non-reverse body style, but again this version did not sell well. Like the forementioned trio, it came of age in the 1970s, and has arguably become Gibson's most icomic bass model, highly desireable amongst players and collectors alike.

What to look out for: By far the most desireable Tbirds are the original reverse body examples, produced between 1963 and 1965, especially in non-standard finishes (ie, not sunburst). Later 60s reverse body models are also highly prized (again, especially in custom colours. The 1976-1979 (bicentennial) reissues are also rapidly increasing in price. All three of these issues were produced in relatively small numbers. Post 1987 Thunderbirds are comparitively common, and whilst of little interest to collectors are still highly regarded work horses in rock bands wordwide.


Original Bass Bridge from 1976 Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird
WESTFIELD, INDIANA, 46074, USA
$70.00

Here is an original bass bridge from a 1976 Bicentennial Thunderbird bass. As shown, no saddles included. There is some pitting to finish, but it looks really nice and would be perfect when you are restoring your 70's (and later) Thunderbird.... more


Gibson 1976 Bi-Centennial Thunderbird electric Bass guitar
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, 95124, USA
$3499.00

Howdy Folks, Here we have a 1976 Gibson Bi-Centennial Thunderbird electric Bass guitar SN# 00243855. In on consignment is this very clean 1976 Bi centennial Thunderbird IV Bass in natural finish. The bass is missing the neck pickup cover. Neck through body is straight, strong, and resonate. This bass projects, and you will cut through and be heard if that is your intention. Bass will arrive in the original case. Guitar is in very good overall condition. It does have some strap button issues ... more

Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar Case Blue Angel Cyndi Lauper 1970's
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11211, USA
$450.00

This listing is for a Original Vintage 1970's Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird Bass Guitar Hard Shell Case. The purple lining indicates this case originally came with a 1976 Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird Bass Guitar. These cases are very rare and hard to find. What is also really cool about this case is that is has a stencil on the case from the band "Blue Angel" which was Cyndi Lauper's first band when she was a punk rocker in NYC in the 1970's. The case is in good shape for it's age but does ... more

Vintage 1960's Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar Mute Copper T-Bird Mute Rare Part
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11211, USA
$350.00

This listing is for a Vintage Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar Mute. This came off a 1967 Non Reverse T-Bird bass. I don't know if it will work on a reverse model or not. This part is impossible to find. It shows wear and the foam is missing from the top of the mute. Email with any questions and thanks for looking. We are happy to ship internationally, but will not falsify customs documents because that is illegal.... more

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