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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.

2022 Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Pelham Blue Electric Bass Guitar #47868

2022 Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Pelham Blue Electric Bass Guitar #47868

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1799

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Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar

Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar

Bath, New York, 148**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1950

Used bass guitar I bought years ago and hardly played. It??s in good shape but has some nicks in the finish from someone attempting to play it with a pick instead of fingers.

Includes a nice case, a decent sling and a cable.
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1964 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass the mintest 100% original Polaris White example.

1964 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass the mintest 100% original Polaris White example.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$44995

This is most likely the rarest & most significant Gibson Bass ever produced. These 1st issue Thunderbird??s & Firebird??s were so far ahead of time & very few were ever made comparatively to Fender??s P & J Basses. Most all T??bird??s were available in a Sunburst finish. But some were ordered in their select Custom Colors. This particular example was ordered in Gibson??s most luv??d optional color of Polaris White all over its neck & body. This T??bird is most likely the ... more
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Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar

Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar

Easley, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2500

Rare! 2018 Gibson Thunderbird Cardinal Red with OHSC, case candy and all original paperwork. This Beautiful Gibson Bass is in like new condition and sounds great. There are no scrapes, scratches, chips or buckle rash or any other issues, it??s pretty much in unplayed condition. I have several Basses and have decided to let this one go. Thanks for looking and best of luck
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GIBSON 1966 THUNDERBIRD ll BASS NITRO refin ARTIC WHITE RARE!

GIBSON 1966 THUNDERBIRD ll BASS NITRO refin ARTIC WHITE RARE!

Ferndale, Michigan, 482**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$5000

RELISTED at this short term new low PRICE!$
This is just a short term offer and a heads up to get your attention. I finally got the original vintage wooden Gibson thumb rest and it is on the bass and shown in the first 2 pictures. I have also found an Epiphone Thunderbird case I can modify the foam under the cloth inside to fit this Thunderbird ll bass shipped to you safely. Regards, Gordy
Here we have a very fine 1966 Gibson Thunderbird ll Bass non reverse that has been refinished in ... more
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Used Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass - Sparkling Burgundy

Used Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass - Sparkling Burgundy

Brookfield, Wisconsin, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1919


Used Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass - Sparkling Burgundy
A used Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass. This is a showroom model that has seen almost no use and is in fantastic condition. The bass will ship with all original factory documentation and packaging. Additionally, before shipment our luthiers will provide a professional inspection and full setup, so it arrives ready to play. If you have any questions about this instrument or any of our great gear, please send us a ... more
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Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Black Bicentennial Bass Guitar w /  OHSC *1970s*

Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Black Bicentennial Bass Guitar w / OHSC *1970s*

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3995

Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Black Bicentennial Bass Guitar w / OHSC *1970s
I??m THRILLED to announce the sale of a 60+ year collection coming through The Music Locker. This collection spans all decades from the 60s to the present day. They have been collected by a true lover of vintage. This particular guitar is a 1976 Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar - one of the Bicentennial editions in Black. These are becoming increasingly hard to come by, and this one has been in the same home for ... more
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Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Natural Bicentennial Bass Guitar w /  OHSC *1970s*

Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Natural Bicentennial Bass Guitar w / OHSC *1970s*

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3495

Vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Natural Bicentennial Bass Guitar w / OHSC *1970s
I??m THRILLED to announce the sale of a 60+ year collection coming through The Music Locker. This collection spans all decades from the 60s to the present day. They have been collected by a true lover of vintage. This particular guitar is a 1976 Gibson Thunderbird bass guitar - one of the Bicentennial editions in Natural. These are becoming increasingly hard to come by, and this one has been in the same home ... more
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Gibson Victory Bass 1981 Vintage USA Kahler Tremolo Thunderbird Headstock

Gibson Victory Bass 1981 Vintage USA Kahler Tremolo Thunderbird Headstock

Southend-on-Sea, SS1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1999

1981 Gibson Victory Bass with Thunderbird headstock and a USA Kahler bass tremolo system in a stunning natural finish. This is simply the coolest bass guitar we have ever had at the studio. This is a rare model that looks epic, sounds epic and plays amazingly well! Very rare to get an 80's bass with a Kahler tremolo. The few we've ever had have sold instantly, as these systems are valuable and highly sought after. The Thunderbird headstock looks so cool, and you can't go wrong with a name like ... more
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60's EPIPHONE by GIBSON EMBASSY BASS USA - THUNDERBIRD SOUND - LONG SCALE

COLOGNE, GERMANY

€3333


60's Epiphone by Gibson Embassy Deluxe Bass - made in USA:
+ mahogany body finished in wine red, has lots of weather checking and wear, several extra screw holes on back
+ mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, LONG SCALE, has 4 minor SURFACE stress cracks below tuners=check last 3 pics
* skinny neck profile on back around first 5 frets
+ new Fender Reissue tuners
+ 1 original THUNDERBIRD pickup & 1 newer Fender Jazz bass single coil
+ new pickguard
+ new pots and ... more
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1989 Jackson Thunderbird Basshülle - Made in USA - passt GIBSON

1989 Jackson Thunderbird Basshülle - Made in USA - passt GIBSON

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£250

1989 JACKSON Thunderbird Bass case -- made in USA:
+ fits also Gibson T-Bird models
+ black interior with formfit cut, some wear
+ tolex has a LOT of wear and larger rips on back and front
+ leather ends have rips
+ right latch is broken
+ worn but ROCK SOLID
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Gibson USA Thunderbird Reverse Bass Natural Tobacco With Original Hard Case

Gibson USA Thunderbird Reverse Bass Natural Tobacco With Original Hard Case

Launceston, PL15***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2000

The Gibson Thunderbird has the classic reverse body and headstock design as originally introduced in 1963 as Gibson's first neck-through-body bass design.
The traditional 9-ply mahogany / walnut neck through body construction provides a thundering low end response and a piano like sustain.
The narrow nut width and rounded neck profile neck feels both fast and intuitive. The Thunderbird high output, ceramic magnet loaded humbucking pickups (neck and bridge) deliver the sonic and iconic ... more
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Gibson Thunderbird non reverse bass

Gibson Thunderbird non reverse bass

Aberdeen, AB24***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1750

Gibson Thunderbird non reverse bass. All good and makes nice thumpy bass noises when plugged into one of those amp thingies

You??ll know what you??re buying if you??re looking at it. Does have some little bits of laquer cracking the same as most modern Gibbos but nothing to worry about, I??ve tried to highlight them but difficult to photograph.
Comes with original Gibson hard case it had when bought

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60er EPIPHONE von GIBSON EMBASSY DELUXE BASS - hergestellt in USA - THUNDERBIRD SOUND

60er EPIPHONE von GIBSON EMBASSY DELUXE BASS - hergestellt in USA - THUNDERBIRD SOUND

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£2998

60's Epiphone by Gibson Embassy Deluxe Bass - made in USA:
+ mahogany body finished in wine red, has lots of weather checking and wear, several extra screw holes on back
+ mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, LONG SCALE, has 4 minor SURFACE stress cracks below tuners=check last 3 pics
* skinny neck profile on back around first 5 frets
+ new Fender Reissue tuners
+ 1 original THUNDERBIRD pickup & 1 newer Fender Jazz bass single coil
+ new pickguard
+ new pots and ... more
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1987 Gibson Bass IV - hergestellt in den USA - THUNDERBIRD TONABNEHMER

1987 Gibson Bass IV - hergestellt in den USA - THUNDERBIRD TONABNEHMER

COLOGNE, GERMANY

£1090

1987 GIBSON BASS IV - made in USA :
* the black painted part of the body was cut off before by some moron and replaced with 2 pieces of ash=
check pic 5
* pearl white finish is very worn
* Thunderbird pickups
* black Schaller hardware
* ebony fingerboard, frets are fine
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GIBSON NIKKI SIXX THUNDERBIRD BASS GUITAR W / CASE Satin Red HAND SIGNED by Nikki

GIBSON NIKKI SIXX THUNDERBIRD BASS GUITAR W / CASE Satin Red HAND SIGNED by Nikki

Bognor Regis, PO22***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2250

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GIBSON 'NIKKI SIXX SIGNATURE' THUNDERBIRD BASS Satin Red 2008 in original snakeskin ... more
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