GIBSON THUNDERBIRD IV

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1964 to 1969

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.

Specifications (20)

Body

Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresasymmetrical body
Body styleFirebird style body, hourglass style, reverse firebird-style body
Pickguard materialwhite pickguard

Hardware

Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece

Fretboard

Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers

General

Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings4 strings

Neck

Neck jointneck through body, set neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets20 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 pickups

Controls

Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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