1976 Gibson Thunderbird specifications:
- Mahogany centerpiece
- Mahogany wings
- Sunburst, Natural, Ebony and White finishes
- Rosewood fretboard
- 34 1/2 inch scale (actually three eighths of an inch)
- Chrome plated pickup covers, bridge cover and finger rest
- Thunderbird humbucking pickups
- Laminated pickguard with red, white and blue Thunderbird logoNumber shipped in1976, Tobacco sunburst finish = 228 units.
The Bi-Centennial Thunderbird
In 1976 Gibson reissued the Thunderbird, in its original early 60s body shape, and seeing as 1976 was the 200th anniversary of American independence, it is known as the bi-centennial model, or Gibson Thunderbird ’76. It was only available in limited numbers, with just 1855 basses built at Gibson’s Kalamazoo plant between 1976 and 1979.
- Although this bass was modelled directly on the 1963 Thunderbird, with a through neck and reverse body shape, there were some changes to the original design; most notably the new pickups and circuitry, 3 point bridge, which appeared on most Gibson basses of the period, but also a red, white and blue Thunderbird logo with a ’76 insignia. Later models still had the red white and blue bird, but without the 76.