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Thunderbird Bass 2015
Sustain that cuts through any mix
The full contact bridge preserves every last string vibration for a wide range of unique tonal possibilities
Babicz Full Contact Hardware® Bridge: Easier adjustment and increased sustain Nothing gives string sustain like a full contact bridge, but it's also easier to adjust for precise intonation and your ideal action. New & Improved Electronics: Increased tonal Versatility, with eight distinct sounds Choose from eight distinct, musically useful bass sounds all based on the purity of passive electronics–thanks to dual mini-toggle switches that control Gibson's tuned coil tap wiring. Comprehensive Wood Selection Gibson USA matches the rarest and finest woods to every guitar based on the quality of the match, consistency of the figure, intensity of the figure, clarity, and wave. Thicker Rosewood Fingerboard The increased mass of a thicker, one-piece rosewood fingerboard extends sustain. Pearl Inlays Genuine pearl inlays enhance the guitar's appearance and increase its value. Smoother Sanded, Buffed and Oiled Fingerboard A new, unique oil-treated buffing process upgrades the fingerboard to a silkier feel. Comprehensive Setup A new comprehensive setup and PLEK program combined with a lower fret height on every Gibson USA 2015 Model Year guitar provides a silky smooth feel, accurate intonation, and easy bending. Improved Output Jack The re-designed jack houses a more secure, multipoint connection for better signal transfer and holds cables more firmly in place. Heavier Gauge Wire All Gibson USA guitars now use thicker, stranded wire that provides more surface area for making strong internal connections.
Wood Species: Mahogany
Pieces: multi matched
Grade: Ultra low
Binding: None
Average Weight (body only): 1.28 kg / 2.82 lbs
Materials Used
Glue: Franklin Titebond 50
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: A Solid mahogany body has the most sustain
Body Contour
Carve: Flat
Wood Selection Scale
Body Grade:
Body Contour
Wood Species: Mahogany/Walnut neck thru
Pieces: 9 ply multi laminate
Truss Rod: Thunderbird
Profile: Rounded
Thickness at Fret 1: 20.09 mm / .790"
Thickness at Fret 12: 23.75 mm / .930"
Other Materials: Franklin Titebond 50
Average Weight: 1.72 kg / 3.8 lb
Peg Head
Type: Thunderbird
Peg Head Binding:
Headstock Angle: 10 degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The mahogany/walnut neck through construction provide maximum sustain and strength.
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 2.0 degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec
Type: Neck through break angle
Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge, Alignment Gauge
Style: Classic
Material: Tektoid
Width: 3.810 cm / 1.50"
Slots: E: 2.67 mm / 0.105"
A: 2.16 mm / 0.085"
D: 1.65 mm / 0.065"
G: 1.14 mm / 0.045"

Wood Species: Rosewood
Pieces: 1
Shade: Dark
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.48 cm / 12"
Frets: 20
Nut/End of Board: 3.810 cm / 1.50" @ nut, 5.9944 cm / 2.360" @ end of board
Scale: 86.36 cm / 34"
Binding: none
Side Dots (Color): white
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Dot
Material: Mother of Pearl
Dimensions: 6.3246 mm / 0.249"
Average Weight: 117.93 gm / 4.16 oz
Wood Selection Scale
Neck Profile
Vintage Sunburst
Color Code: VS
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: Walnut
Sealer: 1–1.5 mils
Top: Sunburst Yellow #508–Y5V–1167 w/ New Red Brown #508–1185D–H5PRS
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7–8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides and Nut
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: Rhy EB Bass Lead EB Bass
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 6000 / 6000 7000 /7000
Material of Wire (gauge): Copper (42) Copper (43)
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 18.54 mm x 80.64 mm / 0.730" x 3.175" 18.54 mm x 80.64 mm / 0.730" x 3.175"
Coil Material: Fiber Fiber
Coil Winding Process: Machine wound Machine wound
Pole Piece Material: Alnico V Rod Magnet Alnico V Rod Magnet
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 67.95 cm / 26.75" 78.74 cm / 31.0"
Slug Material: Alnico V rod magnet Alnico V rod magnet
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length):
Magnet Material: Alnico V Rod Magnet Alnico V Rod Magnet
Magnet Position from Nut: 69.8 cm / 27.5" 80.65 cm / 31.75"
Magnet Dimensions: 7.92 mm x 15.87 mm /0.312" x 0.625" 7.92 mm x 15.87 mm /0.312" x 0.625"
Polarities: North side is up North side is up
Cover: Black ABS Black ABS
Qfactor: 2.75 3.72
ResistanceDC: 9.65k ohms 15.01k ohms
Resonant Frequency: 2902.31 Hz 2417.42 Hz
Tonal & Resonant Advancements: The Alnico rod magnet gives an articulate, tight response combined with the extra windings for more punch
Control Pocket Assembly Lead Volume Rhythm Volume
Type: 500K Non–Linear 500K Non–Linear
Peak Voltage: 500V 500V
Range: 0–500K 0–500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: +/– 20% +/– 20%
Minimum Resistance: 200 ohms 200 ohms
  Lead Tone Rhythm Tone Master Tone
Type: 500K Non–Linear
Peak Voltage: 500V
Range: 0–500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: +/– 20%
Minimum Resistance: 200 ohms
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm
  .022 uF .022 uF
Tuning Keys
Style: Grover Tulip bass
Material: Zamak
Weight: 53.86 gm / 1.9 oz
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 20:01
Gear Type: Worm
What is allowable turn: +/– 4 degrees
Plating specs: Black chrome
Part numbers: 430–14184
String Dimensions
E: 2.67 mm / 0.105"
A: 2.16 mm / 0.085"
D: 1.65 mm / 0.065"
G: 1.14 mm / 0.045"
Style: Babicz Full Contact Hardware® Three Point
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: Black Chrome
Part number: 430–14091B
Weight: 249.48 gm / 8.8 oz
Output Jack
Style: 1/4" mono with dual tip contact barrel jack
Strap Buttons
Material: Aluminum
Plating Specs: Black powder coat
Part numbers: 430–19162 / 430–19162E
Weight: 4.0 gm / 0.14 oz
Pick Guard
Style: multi ply white hot stamp black Thunderbird logo
Part Number: 380–12352
Truss Rod Cover
Style: Thundrbird hot stamped gold "Gibson"
Part Number: 430–19283
Style: Black Volume and Tone top hat silver insert
Part Number: 430–19200 / 430–19201
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: No
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: ABS black
Part Number: 430–19311
Style: Hard Shell
Color: Gold Molded
Strap Locks: No
Tools: Truss Rod Wrench
Manual: Gibson USA Owner's
COA/Other: None
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