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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.

Gibson Thunderbird 4-string Solidbody Electric Bass Guitar - Inverness Green

Gibson Thunderbird 4-string Solidbody Electric Bass Guitar - Inverness Green

Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$1500


Used Condition
4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body and Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Inverness Green
8 6 lbs
In good condition. There is a finish chip under the bass edge of the truss rod cover; there are dents in the bass edge of the fretboard at the 2nd and 5th frets. The electronics have been tested as good. The stock bridge has been replaced with a black Hipshot Supertone bridge and it is included inside the case along with all the pictured ... more
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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 Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass Inverness Green

Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass Inverness Green

Middletown, New York, 109**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2198

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Vintage Gibson 6 String Thunderbird Bass Electric Sunburst Guitar with Gig Bag

Vintage Gibson 6 String Thunderbird Bass Electric Sunburst Guitar with Gig Bag

North Hills, California, 913**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2200

Vintage Gibson 6 String Thunderbird Bass Electric Sunburst Guitar with Gig Bag... more
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Orville Gibson Thunderbird Bass Nickel Pickup #1

Orville Gibson Thunderbird Bass Nickel Pickup #1

Orland Park, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300

Up for sale is a vintage nickel Orville Gibson Thunderbird bass pick up. These pickups are highly sought after because of the high output power and tone! Extremely rare! I will ship insured with tracking!
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1976 Gibson Thunderbird Bicentennia Ebony

1976 Gibson Thunderbird Bicentennia Ebony

Antioch, Tennessee, 370**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4145

Very good condition 1976 Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird bass. All original outside of the Badass bridge replacement. This bass has seen a good amount of gigging, but is in rock solid shape structurally. Some dents and buckle rash as pictured, and the headstock was clearly leaned against a wall for years. Tuners and electronics work perfectly. Frets have a good amount of life left. Comes with pictured hard shell case. Willing to ship or drive a reasonable distance
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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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Orville Gibson Thunderbird Bass Nickel Pickup #2

Orville Gibson Thunderbird Bass Nickel Pickup #2

Orland Park, Illinois, 604**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$300

Up for sale is a vintage nickel Orville Gibson Thunderbird bass pick up. These pickups are highly sought after because of the high output power and tone! Extremely rare! I will ship insured with tracking!
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1976 Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird Bass w /  OHSC ?? Natural

1976 Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird Bass w / OHSC ?? Natural

Nashville, Tennessee, 372**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4499

Condition: Used, Excellent
Like what you see All photos are of the exact instrument you will receive
This 1976 Gibson Bicentennial Thunderbird is a force to be reckoned with! Serial #00243426, it features mahogany wings and thru neck, original pickups,   and lays down a mean low end. It shows wear as you would expect, and we have photographed the most prominent spots close-up
The three mini toggles are ??producer??s switches ?? Look up Lee Sklar producer??s switch if you want in on ... more
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Gibson Thunderbird IV Bicentennial 1976

Gibson Thunderbird IV Bicentennial 1976

Peekskill, New York, 105**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$4495

This is a vintage 1976 Gibson Thunderbird Bass with a Tobacco Burst finish. Made for only a short time, the Thunderbird was a limited edition, bicentennial model, which features a reverse headstock and pickguard adorned with the commemorative eagle icon
All mahogany, with neck-thru construction, 34 5" scale, make for a super resonant bass. It has a pair of humbuckers that sound massive, as well. It has an upgraded Badass bridge, which is massively improves the bass's playability and ... 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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Pre-Owned Gibson Non Reverse Thunderbird (044455)

Pre-Owned Gibson Non Reverse Thunderbird (044455)

Liverpool, L24***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1299

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GUITAR BASS DRUMS / PERCUSSION KEYS PA / LIVE STUDIO / RECORDING DJ / PRODUCER INSTRUMENTS PRE-LOVED Pre-Owned Gibson Non Reverse Thunderbird (044455)
------------------------------------Pre-Owned Status: Please note, due to some previous use this item has been given our 'Pre-Owned' status - meaning that we've checked it over and ensured it's ... 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 Thunderbird Bass guitar in tobacco Sunburst with Gibson fitted case

Gibson Thunderbird Bass guitar in tobacco Sunburst with Gibson fitted case

Northallerton, DL6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1850

Gibson Thunderbird Bass guitar with fitted Gibson case
Extremely good condition as barely used. A very well looked after instrument Even the case is in superb condition as it has never left the house. All catches and hinges work as they should
Bass was originally purchased for home recording projects but has spent most of the time in it's case, unused I have Rickenbacker 4001, Fender Precision and Warwick basses that I've used live for many (many) years in case you're wondering I'm ... more
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Epiphone by Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar , Sunburst , Perfect Condition.

Epiphone by Gibson Thunderbird Bass Guitar , Sunburst , Perfect Condition.

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2***, UNITED KINGDOM

£275

This Epiphone Thunderbird bass is a vintage style electric bass guitar that is sure to impress any musician. With its beautiful sunburst finish, this guitar is a true gem. It is part of the Vintage series, which adds to its appeal
The guitar is made by Epiphone, a well-known brand in the music industry. It is a great choice for anyone who is looking for a high-quality bass guitar. This guitar is perfect for anyone who wants to make music, regardless of their skill level
Epiphone by ... more
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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 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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