Cool and rare Gibson from the '70s. Apparently less then 1.000 were made, so there aren't too many of them around.
As you can see from the pictures, the bass has been used. It has a lot of user marks and finish checking all over. The bridge has been replaced (original one in poor condition is still there), as well as the truss rod cover. It should be mentioned that the plastic cover of the bridge pickup has broken at the point where the adjustment screw enters. Someone tried to melt it together again, but its still loose. I've set the hight, and left it this way.
Further this bass is in good functional condition. The neck is straight and all hardware and electronics function like they should.
This bass plays and sounds great. It has an open, clear and full punchy sound. Not what is usually expected from a Gibson. It's also a very light instrument; my kitchen scale says it's only 3,35 kilos!
The original hardcase is included.
Asking €1.100 (approx £975)
The bass is located in the Netherlands. Shipping is not a problem.
2011 Gibson Thunderbird Bass in good condition. I’d score it 7 out of 10. Nice and light, at just over 8 lbs. It does have some ‘lovebites’ through usage acquired over the years, but these just add character IMHO. Just had the action set nice and low but no buzzing, by a skilled tech - see the picture. Plays and sounds lovely and, well, thunderous. Fitted with Dunlop straplocks, originals included. Complete with original case. Half way meet within reason possible, further for a fuel contribution, or can ship at your cost/risk - I’m guessing £35 or thereabouts, with insurance. Any test or trial most welcome. No trades, please.
[NOW SOLD] this awesome Steinberger XQ-5, made in USA. Ash body, famous Graphite composite neck.
The serial is TN-16069, model XQSTD5CB, cherry burst, dated June 2, 1996, before of Steinberger by "Music Yo" with Moses neck.
Completely original except for the preamp which is a Sadowsky equivalent with the possibility of Active/Passive mode, purchased separately, and a screw at the top of the bolt-on which has been replaced and has a double battery compartment.
This model with the Bartolini has a really good attack but a more balanced and softer sound than the brothers with Duncan or EMG.
Perfectly working. Original soft case included.
Built in the famous Tennessee plant, under the supervision of Gibson who had taken over the company and who continued to use the components of the previous Q5 models. Definitely more aesthetically pleasing (for this reason in fact Gibson had imposed a change of products line), and lighter as it has an ash body, with a very firm and balanced sound, with woods supplied directly by Gibson stocks, they are in fact even better balanced compared to the previous Q models that instead have a maple body.
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Bass is located in Italy (Sicily). No problems for international fast shipping:
*Shipping prices include shockproof packaging but without insurance, which must be calculated separately.
To Italy: 30€ (1/2 working days)
To Ireland/Great Britain: 60€ (4/5 working days)
To Germany and Austria: 45€ (3/4 working days)
To Spain: 60€ (4/5 working days)
To France: 65€ (4/5 working days)
To Lithuania: 75€ (4/5 working days)
To Romania: 80€ (4/5 working days)
To Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands: 65€ (3/4 working days)
To Czech Republic (CZ): 80€ (4/5 working days)
To USA and Canada: 130€ (6/8 working days)
This is an ’81 model, in clear nitro finish natural maple which has aged to a nice pale honey tone all over. The woodwork, finish, Gibson-branded Schaller tuners, and 3-point bridge are original. As you can probably see the pick-ups are not; the original black series V humbuckers were replaced 2 owners ago with chrome EB-3 type units (Japanese made, Allparts supplied), and the original Moog preamp replaced by what I was informed is a Bartolini 2-band EQ one. The brass nut and generic Gibson truss-rod cover are also not original, and rear battery cover is missing (One available on reverb). RD Artists have the classiest headstock on any bass ever I reckon, the Gibson logo and “flying note” inlay are real mother-of-pearl.
The controls are; vol / vol / treble boost-cut / bass boost-cut, p/u select (neck/both/bridge), with micro-switches for active/passive (wish every active bass had one!), and phase invert.
Quite simply there is nothing that looks like these basses, or sounds like this one. They are heavy – a big solid chunk of maple, but really ergonomic – if you play fingerstyle (as I mostly do) you can rest your palm on the upper body cut-out whilst doodling away on the strings; so comfortable. Set neck, body-through stringing, extra-long scale (34.5”), and dense maple body means it sustains for ever. Versatile: you can get the muscular EB-3 sound (think Jack Bruce, Jim Lea, Andy Fraser….) but with more punch and top end available, rather more Fender P. The preamp is very effective and hum free but I almost invariably use it passive – just such a rich, growly, ringing tone. I reckon the chrome p/ups look so much more right on an old Gibson too.
Unlike Thunderbirds these don't suffer from neck dive; nicely balanced. Due to the construction and xtra long scale makes them ideal for drop-tuning malarky such as BEAD.
It's a bit of a beast coming in at 11lbs/5kg so not for the faint hearted. Comes with carry case made from a keyboard bag full customised to house the bass snuggly. Due to the size and length of the neck I cannot find a hard case, believe me I have looked.
Based in London and work near reading. Pickup much preferred due to lack of hard case, I can meet within reasonable distance and exchange ( Buyer to cover fuel costs).
Will consider postage as last resort.