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1988 Greco TB-700 Thunderbird IV Mint Collection Vintage Bass Ebony TB1100, Japan Fujigen


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Up for sale, a 1988 Greco TB-700 “Thunderbird” in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Part of Greco's celebrated Mint Collection, the TB-700 was produced in Japan at the venerable Fujigen factory, one of the factories also responsible for crafting Gibson’s line of Orville instruments.

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, this bass is acoustically resonant and quite well-balanced on a strap at 8lbs 10oz. The natural acoustic tone is warm and vibrant, 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. Professionally setup with 45-105 roundwound strings here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this TB-700 has easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. 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 C88-prefix serial dates to March of 1988, and the serialization style is exclusive to the Fujigen factory.

All of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The solder joints are untouched, and the full-size Japanese pots date to January, 1988. The black-plated hardware includes the dome-topped knurled knobs and the original tailpiece and three-point bridge, which shows some concentrated wear through the plating. Plastics comprise the one-ply black pickguard, which has a bold, near-mint Thunderbird graphic.

Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes a number of nicks along the body perimeter, largely concentrated along the lower bout, a ding on the top at the bass-side waist, and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.

A gigbag is included.