Gibson Thunderbird ’19

Bass players love the Gibson Thunderbird bass. With its original neck-through body design and futuristic looks when it was released, it was a bass ahead of its time.

Unique features that bassists love

The Gibson Thunderbird IV bass joined Gibson’s distinguished lineup shortly after its introduction in 1963. The Thunderbird’s unique, reversed zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich, enlisted by Gibson to bolster the guitar lines of the early ’60s and help solidify the company’s eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers.

This limited-edition Thunderbird 4-string, with its “thunderous sound,” is still a benchmark of innovation, functionality and style, and continues to symbolize Gibson’s drive to achieve creative excellence. Over the years, the Thunderbird bass has evolved to keep up with technological advances and offer every generation of players the best in tone and comfort.

Great bass tone and feel

The 2019 Thunderbird features solid mahogany body and wings and a 9-ply multi-laminate mahogany/walnut neck for endless sustain and stability. The rosewood fingerboard sports a comfortably rounded back profile and 12” radius.

Cosmetics include black tophat knobs with silver inserts knobs and black chrome hardware. Sealed tuners, a Tektoid nut and 3-point adjustable bridge keep intonation tight and help you stay in tune all night. Gibson T-Bird pickups provide a wide variety of tones with plenty of power and no hum. Includes case.


  • Distinctive mahogany winged body with special sunburst finish
  • 9-ply mahogany/walnut neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Dual T-Bird pickups with individual volume and master tone controls
  • 3-position, adjustable bridge and Grover tuners


  • Shape: Rounded
  • Wood: Mahogany with walnut
  • Neck joint: Set 
  • Scale length: 34 in. 
  • Truss rod: Standard 
  • Finish: Satin 


  • Active or passive pickups: Passive 
  • Pickup configuration: HH 
  • Neck: Rhythm T-Bird: 
  • Bridge: Lead T-Bird
  • Brand: Gibson 
  • Series or parallel: Parallel 


  • Material: Rosewood 
  • Radius: 12 in. 
  • Fret size: Medium 
  • Number of frets: 20 
  • Inlays: Dot 
  • Nut material: Tektoid
  • Nut width: 1.5 in. (38.1 mm) 


  • Cutaway: Double cutaway 
  • Construction: Solidbody 
  • Body wood: Mahogany 
  • Body finish: Gloss 
  • Orientation: Right handed 


  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone 


  • Bridge type: Fixed 
  • Bridge design: 3-point adjustable
  • Tuning machines: Grover 
  • Color: Black/chrome 


  • Number of strings: 4 
  • Pickguard: Yes 
  • Special features: Black hardware and finish
  • Case: Hardshell case 
  • Country of origin: USA