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1988 Greco TB-70 Thunderbird IV Mint Collection Vintage Bass Ebony TB1100, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Greco TB-70 “Thunderbird” in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Part of Greco's celebrated Mint Collection, the TB-70 was produced in Japan at the venerable Fujigen factory, one of the factories that would later be responsible for crafting Gibson’s Orville line of instruments.

Tonewoods include a basswood body, mahogany neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard. As its name would suggest, this bass thunders and growls in equal measure, producing ample low end punch and treble grind from the pair of humbuckers. Faithful in many respects to the Gibson Thunderbird IV of the early '60s, the natural acoustic tone is warm and balanced, and the pickup wind is quite accurate to the original Gibson design (in contrast with Gibson's overwound modern reissues), pushing an amp just hard enough while retaining clarity and a sweet, dynamic character. This Greco weighs 8lbs 9oz, benefitting from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.

The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .845” deep at the 1st fret and .940” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features dot inlay, and the medium jumbo fretwire only exhibits a hint of wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-5. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The face of the headstock is reminiscent of the classic Gibson shape, with a carved, three-dimensional appearance, and the stock clover-button tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The inked F88-prefix serial on the back of the headstock dates this bass to May, 1988.

All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are governed by independent Volume controls, with a Master Tone knob. Hardware includes the black-plated three-point bridge and pickup covers with replacement nickel-plated saddles and stopbar. Plastics comprise the trio of reflector cap knobs and a modern one-ply white pickguard, complete with Thunderbird graphic.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a number of variably-sized dings and finish scratches on the body as a whole, most prominent along the body perimeter and on the back, as well as one additional lower bout strap button mounting hole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with some shallow marks along the profile length that don't distract the palm while fretting.

A Ritter-brand padded gigbag is included.