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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 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtags. This Thunderbird was ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, and Gibson's USA-made guitars distributed via Yamano are often considered among their best, featuring the highest quality woods hand-picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.

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, a three-point bridge, and a 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. This Thunderbird weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany/Walnut
-Shape: Medium C, measuring .830” 1st fret, 1.000” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, dot inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 34”
-Nut: 1 1/2” bone, replacement
-Tuners: Schaller-made, Gibson-stamped
-Serialization: 8-digit stamp translates to 1997 build date

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Pickups: TB Plus ceramic humbucker x2
-Harness: Gibson-engraved Alpha pots
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone
-Hardware: Three-point bridge
-Plastics: Reflector cap knobs, three-ply pickguard with Thunderbird graphic

The gloss Sunburst finish exhibits light lacquer checking, with buckle rash on the back, a few finish scratches on top, and a handful of minor nicks on the body as a whole, largely constrained to the lower bout perimeter and back. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included, along with the hangtags and Gibson/Yamano manual.