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Dates of manufacture:
GIBSON produced the THUNDERBIRD IV between 1964 and 1969. It had an iconic reversed body (like the guitar version the Firebird) designed by Ray Dietrich, In 1966 the body shape was changed to a non-reverse style and the through neck changed to a set-neck joint. The model was discontinued in 1969. Around 600 were made between 1964 and 1969.
Gibson reissued the Thunderbird IV in 1976 as a bicentennial model with the original body shape and neck-through design. Production of this reissue ran until 1979.
Gibson reissued the Thunderbird IV again from 1987 onwards with original reverse body styling and new specially designed pickups, through body neck and ebony fingerboard .
Gibson reissued the non-reverse Thunderbird in late 2012.
|Body material||mahogany body|
|Body shape features||asymmetrical body|
|Body style||Firebird style body, hourglass style, reverse firebird-style body|
|Pickguard material||white pickguard|
|Hardware color||chrome hardware|
|Fingerboard inlay material||pearl fingerboard inlay material|
|Fingerboard material||rosewood fingerboard|
|Fingerboard position markers||dot fingerboard position markers|
|Finish effects||sunburst finish|
|Number of strings||4 strings|
|Neck joint||neck through body, set neck|
|Neck material||mahogany neck|
|Number of frets||20 fret|
|Tuner layout||six-in-a-row tuners|
|Pickups configuration||2 pickups|
|Tone controls||1 tone control|
|Volume controls||1 volume control|
Famous GIBSON THUNDERBIRD IV players:
Tom Petersson Algy Ward Grutle Kjellson Tim Foreman Martin Turner Merv Goldsworthy Jared Followill Twiggy Ramirez Shavo Odadjian Dean BernardiniChevelle Gene Simmons Nikki Sixx John Entwistle Tom HamiltonAerosmith Paul GrayEddie and the Hot Rods Alexander Hacke Duff McKagan Krist Novoselic Nikki MonnigerSilversun Pickups Mike HindertThe Bravery Tyson Ritter Peter Hume Simon Gallup Przemek ZdunekThe Cuts Kim Gordon Peter Overend Watts Mike Watt Pete Way Peter Tork Frankie Poullain Yenz LeonhardtLacrimosa Nate Mendel Jackie FoxThe Runaways William Murderface Glenn Cornick