Gibson USA 2019 Thunderbird Bass In Heritage Cherry Sunburst

Big and aggressive. For the wow-factor bassist

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Cian Hodge

Is there a cooler looking bass than the Gibson Thunderbird? Well if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Nashville-based guitar builders have delivered more of the T-Bird by popular demand.

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It’s a hefty beast at a 34-inch scale length. With its asymmetrical, weighty Mahogany body it feels huge to play and attracts all the attention.

Body and neck

The classic neck-through-body is a constant design feature for the Thunderbird, providing incredible access to upper frets. It’s made of a stunningly smooth nine-ply Mahogany and Walnut mix. Because these woods are extremely dense, it holds solid tuning stability.

On top is a light, aged-looking Rosewood fretboard with a slightly rounded profile. Effortless to play. Embedded are 20 cryogenically-treated frets which undergo the process for longevity, and less susceptibility to wear and rust.   


It may look like a vintage bass but it’s anything but that in sound. The pair of high-output T-Bird pickups are huge. There’s a reason past models have been popular in rock and metal, and this continues the trend.

It’s not all high-octane though. You can subtly tweak output with its two independent volume knobs and a master tone. Dial it down and you’ll get good modern cleans.  


The 3-point adjustable bridge is a real highlight. Comfortable for the picking hand using palm mutes. Incredible sustain. And great resonance as it’s partially inserted into the body, allowing the rumble to travel through the Mahogany.

A Tektoid nut and Grover tuners are a standard across the Gibson 2019 range. And for good reason, as they cut out any tuning problems and string friction.


  • Body Style: Thunderbird Bass
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Weight relief: None
  • Neck: 9-ply Mahogany/Walnut
  • Neck profile: Rounded
  • Nut width: 1.50”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 34”
  • Number of frets: 20
  • Nut: Tektoid
  • Inlay: Acrylic Dots
  • Bridge: 3-Point Adjustable
  • Knobs: Black Tophats w/ Silver Inserts
  • Tuners: Grover Bass keys
  • Plating: Black Chrome
  • Neck pickup: Rhythm T-Bird
  • Bridge pickup: Lead T-Bird
  • Controls: 2 Volumes & 1 Master Tone
  • Case: Hard Shell case
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