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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 Thunderbird II has one pick-up, with the 2 pick-up known as the Thunderbird IV.

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

Thunderbird Logos

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1964 Thunderbird II Ref TB11
(reputedly owned by the uncle to the Kentucky Headhunters. One of 501 made)
Not currently for sale
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A Non-Reverse 1966 Thunderbird Ref TB12
(one of only 361 made)
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A 1976 Bicentenniel Thunderbird IV in Tobacco Sunburst Ref TB13
(one of 228 made) Click on the photo to see more pictures and a detailed description
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A 1976 Bicentenniel Thunderbird IV in Ebony
(One of 91 made) Not currently for sale
 
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Thunderbird
Production
Numbers

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Model/Year
1963
'64
'65
'66
'67
'68
'69
T-Bird II
2
501

205

361

0

67

7

T-Bird IV
0
235

87

131

120

31

The "76" Bicentenniel T-Bird IV was a reissue of the 1963-65 T-Bird IV, mainly made in 1976 and 1977. Production was:

Finish

1976

'77

'78

'79

Natural

Ebony

224

91

237

301

0

12

6

7

Tobacco Sunburst

White

228

0

605

127

0

9

8

0

Serial numbers are: 00 for 1976, 06 for 1977 and the 1st and 5th number identifies subsequent years, with 2nd, 3rd & 4th the day of the year.

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