Vintage Gibson 1976 Thunderbird Bass guitar

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Vintage Gibson 1976 Thunderbird Bass guitar (Original ’70’s not Re-Issue)

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  • The iconic Gibson Thunderbird ( this being original from 1976 ) is seldom seen or available for sale.This particular bass guitar is a One Owner who initially purchased the bass from a Brisbane store back in 1976 soon after becoming available.
    Overall, cosmetically it really is in excellent well cared for condition, the finish is still rich and very good colour and lustre. The neck and headstock in terrific shape, and considering the size of these basses, not very much to see of edge chipping at all.   This has been a pro playing gigging instrument and some custom modification had been professionally done over the years. These modifications are mostly reversible should a future owner choose to as this is now a valuable collectable vintage instrument.First, the positives are a great condition original body, neck, tuners headstock, neck and frets. All beautiful. Included are the original chrome covers and mounting screws.
    At present the bass is fitted with a pro-level engineered BABICZ bridge. This provides precision radius, intonation and sustain. Only the rear mounting screws have been used.
    The original bridge you can see was the Gibson 3 post mounted type that was also seen on various bass models of the period. Sourcing this bridge would be achievable without the need for relying on re-issue parts.
    Also the owner had fitted a master volume control and an on and off toggle switch.   The pickups are faith custom hand made replicas of the originals by the Performance Misic Company. The originals had issues with string response affecting balanced volume levels.
    PMC leaflet pictured showing details and specs of their product.So, very much a playable collectable vintage instrument with room for anyone giving consideration to restoring originality.Read more description further down this page.Please feel free to contact with your inquiries.

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Additional Information.

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.
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