Gibson Thunderbird Studio IV

Gibson Thunderbird Studio IV

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Thunderbird Studio IV, 4-string bass guitar from Gibson in the Thunderbird series.

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Gibson Thunderbird Studio IV tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: Thunderbird Studio IV
  • Series: Thunderbird
  • Category: 4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/13/2005

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Gibson Thunderbird Studio IV user reviews

Average Score:3.5( 3.5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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anbru's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Thunderbird Studio IV
American bass very well finished.
Two microphones (for very large type humbucker) with a volume dedicated to each of them.
The guitar has a certain presence even if the pickups are pretty ugly.
the key is rosewood. Mahogany body.
The bridge seems to very good quality and it is nice ^ ^.


The handle is extremely enjoyable to play is probably the main strength of this low!
the adjustment.
large flat thinks this guitar is purely to be played mediator micro PREVENT very impressive in a way the game to the finger or at least make it very unpleasant.
(Microphones placed very high to get a good sound.)


This is where its bell as her big sister is amazing. this one will be no style, the sound is cold with no real life ... one is never really won over by this low yet very promising on paper!


Honestly, this bass is a bad buy! it costs as much as a fender american and half's worth!
If the look INTERESTS thunderbird and want to have something good and not so just type a fender ... Save a groin 600 euros and buy more real!

stefighters's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Thunderbird Studio IV
Lower purchased produktiv Musik in Germany
20 frets, pickups hambuckers ceramics, effective and sturdy easel. In addition he has a mouth.
3 volume pots for each pickup plus a dial tone.
The handle is stuck and not crossing as the original model. This is where is the difference in price ... € 800 which is not nothing.


The handle is a highway, a little wider than my old Fender. As against the varnish from the back of the neck is not very "slippery". My luthier has slightly sanded that part of the handle: The result is perfect glide without any damage is apparent.
The access to acute sucks it must be said. The bass is unplayable from the 17 ° case. This is due to the shape of the bass and the problem is found on all thunderbirds ...
As for sound, it's simple, I alluciné! My group also hallucinated the first on my Ampeg note.Branchement SVT3: A heavy sound, bold, and very hot, very lively, very expressive, woody I would say! (Long live the mahogany). I can not define it but it's not the sound of a fender. Anyway, this is not a trivial one and that's what I love.


So yes, it's fine with me: this bass is for the Rock, played with a pick. Forget the game to the fingers is not made for. Your fingers will touch the microphones as they always are very high unless you play on the neck pickup is lower. But it's not the top.
As for mics, I love the power, heat, the trunk of the bridge pickup. On this microphone, the sound is beautiful, and aggressive media in the right direction. The microphone sends the serious heavy. I find it a little vague, a bit messy, but I think it is because I have not yet well balanced the EQ on my amp.


So I use this bass for 1 month. I would do an update in a while.
What I like most? This aggressive and powerful rock sound with a pick stuffed with beautiful mediums do not forget the serious (far from it).
It's still my 4 after a yamaha bass, a fender mex, one Korean and one JB JB U.S. deluxe and really I am extremely happy with my purchase. I tested the replica epiphone and there is no photo. The studio is more polished (neck and body, mahogany bridge). The pickups are much less rough. In addition to this bass has a face not possible.

So for € 1200, I find very good value for money only if you like the sound "pick and Rock" because you can not play with something else.

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