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1997 Gibson Thunderbird IV Neck Through Bass Sunburst w/ Case & Hangtags, Yamano


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Up for sale, a 1997 Gibson Thunderbird IV bass, honestly played and in perfect working order. Complete with the original hardshell case and factory paperwork noting Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, this USA-made Thunderbird was originally sold to the Japanese domestic market, befitting Yamano's reputation for demanding Gibson's finest woods, often a cut above what arrives to most USA dealers.

As its name would suggest, this bass thunders and growls with the best, producing incredible low end thump and grind. Featuring nine-ply mahogany and walnut neck-through body construction, black hardware, an upgraded Hipshot bridge, and a warm Tobacco Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish, the Thunderbird delivers the goods via two imposing TB Plus ceramic magnet humbuckers. The pickups deliver the kind of push and compression that brings out the growl in the mahogany and walnut construction, and a thick slab ebony fretboard adds top end detail and note attack. Currently strung with roundwound 45-100 strings on the full 34" scale, these strings accentuate the rich, aggressive tendencies of the Thunderbird design. The bass weighs 9lbs with very little neck dive thanks to the low profile Schaller-made tuning machines. This Thunderbird has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The neck has a medium depth U-shaped profile carve at the nut with fuller shoulders and more heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .860" deep at the 1st fret and .975" at the 12th. The thick slab ebony fretboard retains the original medium jumbo frets which are surprisingly clean, retaining their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-4. The nut measures 1 1/2" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone, and the headstock retains the original Gibson-branded truss rod cover as well as the Gibson-branded and Schaller-made black tuning machines.

The electronics all function as intended, with an untouched wiring harness and Gibson-embossed Alpha pots. Hardware includes an upgraded Hipshot bridge, designed specifically for the Thunderbird and mounting via the original post holes and providing more mass and greater sustain than the stock design. Plastics include the trio of original reflector cap knobs, along with the pickguard, featuring a complete Thunderbird silkscreen graphic. The gloss nitro lacquer Tobacco Sunburst finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting buckle rash on the upper bout, forearm wear through the gloss at the bass-side waist on top, and some additional finish chips on the body perimeter and headstock edge. There are also some minor dings and marks on the body as a whole, and pick wear extends across the strum path. The neck retains its smooth gloss, with some minor marks on the profile and a couple spots of wear through the gloss behind frets 9-10.

The original brown Gibson USA hardshell case is included, along with the factory paperwork including the Gibson manual with Yamano text.