Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Electric Bass (with Case)

First released in 1965, the Non-Reverse Thunderbird is a unique offering from Gibson that features Hipshot Ultralite tuners and Thunderbird humbuckers.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Thunderbird humbucking pickups Warm, balanced sound with lots of low end
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain

Ever since it was first released back in 1965, the Non-Reverse Thunderbird has been THE choice for forward-looking bassists who want to make their own path and steadfastly refuse to follow the crowd. The Non-Reverse Thunderbird's distinctive styling and huge, thunderous tone make it a standout on stage and in the studio.

Now you have the opportunity to make one of these relatively rare 'birds your own with the release of the new Gibson USA Non-Reverse Thunderbird. Equipped with a Non-Reverse mahogany body and mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and 20 medium jumbo frets, each of the two Thunderbird pickups has a volume control, allowing you to use them separately, or to blend them in any amount you prefer. A master tone control rounds out the simple yet highly effective control layout. The three-ply white pickguard features the iconic Thunderbird graphic. The Non-Reverse Thunderbird is equipped with a Graph Tech nut. A 3-point adjustable bridge provides a full range of adjustment for action and intonation, while Hipshot Ultralite tuning machines hold down the strings at the other end and deliver accurate and stable tuning while keeping headstock weight low to improve balance.
Available in Inverness Green, Faded Pelham Blue, and Sparkling Burgundy, a hardshell case is included.

Body Shape: Non-Reverse Thunderbird
Material: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany
Profile: Rounded
Nut Width: 1.6" / 40.64mm
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
Scale Length: 34" / 863.6mm
Number of Frets: 20
Nut: Graph Tech
Inlay: Acrylic Dot
Bridge: 3-Point Adjustable
Knobs: Black Top Hat with Silver inserts
Tuners: Hipshot Ultralite
Plating: Chrome
Neck Pickup: Thunderbird Rhythm
Bridge Pickup: Thunderbird Lead
Controls: 2 Volume, 1 Master Tone
Case: Hardshell Case
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Pelham Blue
Shipping Weight: 30.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 55 x 20 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BANT00FPCH1
Sparkling Burgundy
Shipping Weight: 29.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 55 x 20 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BANT00VNCH1
Blemished, Sparkling Burgundy
Shipping Weight: 29.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 55 x 20 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BANT00VNCH1
Inverness Green
Shipping Weight: 31.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 56 x 20 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BANT00IGCH1

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-444-2766

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted January 14, 2022 by a customer from

"Gibson hit it out of the park with this one, highly recommended."

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I own a lot of different basses including Fenders, Rickenbackers and Gibsons and have been playing for over 50 years, mostly semi-pro but have done my professional stints also. This is fast becoming my favorite bass, it's got a lot of bottom and is very clear with a nice top end and has a lot of presence. The neck is VERY comfortable, not too thin nor too thick, the neck radius is 12" which means it's fairly flat which makes it easy to play and there are no dead spots and the fretwork was done very well, I can lower the action very low without buzzes or noise. I believe it could work in just about any situation a P bass would which is a compliment as they fit just about anywhere with any music, I believe this could too. It's very resonant with a lot of sustain, mine is very light and comfortable. The fit and finish is excellent. It's got a good strong low E which I always like in a bass, comes with a very good case. It's resonant all the way up the neck with a strong fundamental. The pickups are easy to adjust and cover the spectrum well. When I bought it I wasn't sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised, Gibson has a winner here. This could easily be a player's only bass.
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