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A Non-Reverse 1966 Thunderbird Ref TB12

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The Thunderbird debuted in 1963 as the bass companion to the original Firebird guitar series. The most highly respected of all Gibson basses, it was Gibson’s first long scale (34 inch) bass and was named after the giant bird of Native American folklore. 

The 1966 Non Reverse Thunderbird II  with single pick-up is a rare model, one of only 361 made.

Thunderbird Production dates

Reverse Thunderbird II & IV

1963-65

Non-Reverse Thunderbird II & IV

1965-69

BiCentennial Reverse Thunderbird IV '76

1976-79

Reverse Thunderbird IV

1987-date

 
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This is an original 1966 Gibson Thunderbird Bass, serial number 006687, the "non-reverse" body style single pickup Thunderbird II and one of only 361 that were ever made. The finish is original as well as the tuners, pickguard, pickup, bridge, tailpiece, thumbrest and bridge cover. The pots look to be original, not sure about the knobs. The pickguards on these basses were notorious for warping and cracking. Some people chose to cut them and that's what happened to this guard. The truss cover is a repro. While headstock breaks are the norm on these basses this one had a pretty bad one, however it was fixed very well and has not moved-it just does not look pretty when looking closely at the head. Now, this bass PLAYS AND SOUNDS PHENOMINAL! and had a pro setup done when I bought it. This bass totally ROCKS! (Sorry-got carried away there!) Comes with a newer Gibson Thunderbird hardshell bass case that was modified to more securely protect this great bass which is priced at a substantial discount compared to a similar bass without a break.

The case has "Basil Cooper" written on it. Was this bass once owned by the Diamond Rexx and Mary's Window bassist?

1966 Non-Reverse Thunderbird II in TobaccoBurst Ref TB12   2999

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