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1964 Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass

$85,000.00
Year
1964
Manufacturer
Gibson
Model
Thunderbird IV Bass
Color
Frost Blue finish
Condition
Exceptionally Clean
Description

Okay where do I begin with this bad boy being “The Ultimate” Bass in the world…so here it goes. The Gibson Thunderbird has to be one of the most desirable & most limited production run electric solid body basses of all time. They started production in 1963 along with its Firebird guitar sibling & had what were referred to as a “Reverse” style body shape…as compared to its later “Non-Reverse” style body shape which were more like a Fender Jazzmaster in design which was far more popular. These early Thunderbirds & Firebirds had a very heavy neck/headstock design that fell forward as you played & were not a very popular player…hence the newer non-reverse style guitars & basses were born as they were far more balanced to play standing up for hours. These were offered in a single pickup configuration call the T’bird II & a 2 pickup version called the T’bird IV. Most of these T’birds came in a natural mohagany finish with a slight Sunburst’d border around its face & a black band around its natural finished headstock…quite bold in its day. Gibson offered a handful of Custom Colors including the usual Black & White plus a batch of colors that were similar to Leo Fenders guitars of this period.

This particular example came from the factory in what is known as “Frost Blue” which was essentially like Fender’s own “Sonic Blue” finish. Being a very girly color choice, obviously Gibson had very few takers as with most of its colors options & no more than a few were ever produced. This one is the only one we have ever been in contact with in the 40 years of collecting & 27 years in business. Now this is where it gets interesting. Back around the year 1998 at a Texas Guitar Show I discovered this bass on a stand for sale. It was all of $7,000.which was ridiculous for this at that time (as compared to a Pelham Blue T’bird IV at the same show for $4,500. which was just as crazy at that time) & after a day’s worth of running around buying stuff for our shop, I decided to go buy it & bite the bullet to find out it was SOLD & GONE FOREVER !!! It was one of the worst decisions I had ever made as a bass collector & lover of these T’birds.

So now move the clock forward to June 2013…I am speaking with my friend Luke from Guitar Center & he says “hey you’re the bass guy are you interested in a Frost Blue ’64 Thunderbird IV Bass” & of course I ask…is it all original ? “Yes it came into our Dallas Store & it seems clean & original” Luke stated. I mentioned the one that got away back 15 years earlier & said I’ll take it. Never thinking it could be the same bass (& we all know things go around & then come around), I get my new baby & take her out of her original case to see how clean & all original she was. Then it hit me…I noticed a few imperfections in its finish that are like fingerprints that actually made me “think on it” that very silly day in Texas 18 years earlier, to find that this “exact” bad boy Frost Blue T’bird Bass that I stupidly let get away has finally found its way back to me once again !!! Who would have thought there would be a 2nd one around ?? So it seems that good karma does come around to those that are good to others & this now “1-off” known Frost Blue” Thunderbird IV Bass has its new home & is only for sale until I finish working on our new building & showroom. It has to be the most coveted & most desirable Bass on Earth & we are ecstatic to be offering it up for a limited time only. Once our new shop is completed this will go back under the bed as they say. Hurry if you want the only one to exist.

1964 Gibson Thunderbird IV Bass

$85,000.00

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Description

Okay where do I begin with this bad boy being “The Ultimate” Bass in the world…so here it goes. The Gibson Thunderbird has to be one of the most desirable & most limited production run electric solid body basses of all time. They started production in 1963 along with its Firebird guitar sibling & had what were referred to as a “Reverse” style body shape…as compared to its later “Non-Reverse” style body shape which were more like a Fender Jazzmaster in design which was far more popular. These early Thunderbirds & Firebirds had a very heavy neck/headstock design that fell forward as you played & were not a very popular player…hence the newer non-reverse style guitars & basses were born as they were far more balanced to play standing up for hours. These were offered in a single pickup configuration call the T’bird II & a 2 pickup version called the T’bird IV. Most of these T’birds came in a natural mohagany finish with a slight Sunburst’d border around its face & a black band around its natural finished headstock…quite bold in its day. Gibson offered a handful of Custom Colors including the usual Black & White plus a batch of colors that were similar to Leo Fenders guitars of this period.

This particular example came from the factory in what is known as “Frost Blue” which was essentially like Fender’s own “Sonic Blue” finish. Being a very girly color choice, obviously Gibson had very few takers as with most of its colors options & no more than a few were ever produced. This one is the only one we have ever been in contact with in the 40 years of collecting & 27 years in business. Now this is where it gets interesting. Back around the year 1998 at a Texas Guitar Show I discovered this bass on a stand for sale. It was all of $7,000.which was ridiculous for this at that time (as compared to a Pelham Blue T’bird IV at the same show for $4,500. which was just as crazy at that time) & after a day’s worth of running around buying stuff for our shop, I decided to go buy it & bite the bullet to find out it was SOLD & GONE FOREVER !!! It was one of the worst decisions I had ever made as a bass collector & lover of these T’birds.

So now move the clock forward to June 2013…I am speaking with my friend Luke from Guitar Center & he says “hey you’re the bass guy are you interested in a Frost Blue ’64 Thunderbird IV Bass” & of course I ask…is it all original ? “Yes it came into our Dallas Store & it seems clean & original” Luke stated. I mentioned the one that got away back 15 years earlier & said I’ll take it. Never thinking it could be the same bass (& we all know things go around & then come around), I get my new baby & take her out of her original case to see how clean & all original she was. Then it hit me…I noticed a few imperfections in its finish that are like fingerprints that actually made me “think on it” that very silly day in Texas 18 years earlier, to find that this “exact” bad boy Frost Blue T’bird Bass that I stupidly let get away has finally found its way back to me once again !!! Who would have thought there would be a 2nd one around ?? So it seems that good karma does come around to those that are good to others & this now “1-off” known Frost Blue” Thunderbird IV Bass has its new home & is only for sale until I finish working on our new building & showroom. It has to be the most coveted & most desirable Bass on Earth & we are ecstatic to be offering it up for a limited time only. Once our new shop is completed this will go back under the bed as they say. Hurry if you want the only one to exist.

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