Gibson Thunderbird IV Bicentennial (1976)

  • Very Good + Condition
  • Year: 1976
  • Includes Original Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 00243415


Originally introduced in 1963 to compete with the offset market from Fender, Gibson's legendary birds of Thunder and Fire would truly usher in rock & metal - once again tethering the word "Guitar" to "Axe". By 1966, the Gibson bird bodies were reversed pending a lawsuit from Fender. The familiar "Reverse" body instruments would go on to be used by the likes of Nikki Sixx & John Entwistle. Their big offset bodies with 34" scale neck-through design (like a Rickenbacker) would feel comfortable for taller players, and their hot broad hum bucker pickups would be fully realized amongst the heavy players as they played well in loud distorted settings. 

In real-deal relic'd but gorgeous condition, this bicentennial example is ready for its next career. Completely original with it's 3 point bridge, pots, electronics, tobacco finish, and a straight neck with low action - its no wonder that this was used extensively with a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band as well as a long-running local Psychedelic outfit. 

Cosmetically its clean with some real elbow wear, light checking, buckle rash and some deep thumb wear - all the real stuff. The neck profile has worn evenly from years of play, and the playability is fantastic. The set neck is straight with low action - growling nicely somewhere between a P Bass and a 4001. The action currently measures a nice and comfortable 6/64" in height at the twelfth fret.

Comes with the original hardshell case with the previously mentioned Skynyrd tribute band sticker, as well as a CD of the last outfit it was used with. 

Weighs 9.25lbs.


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