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1976 Bicentennial Thunderbird IV in TobaccoBurst

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The Thunderbird debuted in 1963 as the bass companion to the original Firebird guitar series. The most highly respected of all Gibson basses, it was Gibson’s first long scale (34 inch) bass and was named after the giant bird of Native American folklore. 

The 1976 BiCentennial Thunderbird IV is a reproduction of the 1963 T'Bird IV with 2 pick-ups and was launched to celebrate the 200 birthday of the United States of America. It can be recognised by the '76 logo on the tail feathers of the bird on the scratchplate.

Thunderbird Production dates

Reverse Thunderbird II & IV

1963-65

Non-Reverse Thunderbird II & IV

1965-69

BiCentennial Reverse Thunderbird IV '76

1976-79

Reverse Thunderbird IV

1987-date

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This is a 1976 Bi-Centennial Thunderbird, regarded by many as the best model from the days when Gibson viewed their manufacturing as a craft. Only 228 of these were shipped worldwide in 1976, a far cry from the current mass production. This is a real beauty that the pictures cannot do justice to. It sounds awesome and looks super cool. The action is low but there is no fret buzz and absolutely no fret wear. There is a small amount of buckle rash on the rear from its original owner but not excessive, a slight mark on the head where the finish has rubbed through and a very minor "ding" opposite the "G" tuner. See the photos. That’s it - No cracks or breaks (many of these beautiful basses have had neck breaks-not this one!). This really is a beautiful guitar and is inspirational to play. Comes with the original plush lined case which is in great shape also.

1976 BiCentennial Thunderbird in TobaccoBurst Ref TB13   £2250     SOLD

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