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Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:18:25 PM »

I bought this bass 20 yeas ago from a friend and now I consider to sell it (to buy other cool musical stuff...).
I've found out that this bass may be worth something during some research in the last days and now I would be greatfull if you might take a look at it and tell wether it makes sense to sell it on ebay or elsewhere.
Since the german marked on vintage guitars is not really good I'm thinking of selling it on (or is there a better way?). The bass is located in Hamburg, Germany (which used to be a big place for music in the 60s).

Here's what i know about this bass:
- comes in a case that says gibson - seems original
- bass also seems original to me though I'm not sure about the color. There seems to be white under the black but the space where the electrics are stored is black from the inside. So maybe black is the original color.
On the other hand the color table on
does not show black as an option. The spots where the black color comes off look more like "polaris white".
- I can't find the serial number on the headpiece - which would also speak for a paintjob. So serialnumberwise I'm not sure about the age. But since they've only build it from 65 to 69 it must be about that age.
- The position of the tone knob and the input jack are switched. I guess that can be easyly undone.
- I don't know if the neck was broken (which seems to be quite common with these instruments) but it looks lite the paint has a little ripple at that certain sport where head and neck meet.
Would be interesting how this spot is looking on other Thunderbirds...
- No visible holes for that (missing) string damper bar. So either there never was one or they have been filled when the bass was painted.

so if i get the information right that this site provides
then I have one of a total max of 288 basses that ever were made of this kind.

I'd really appreciate if you could tell me anything about the value.

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2012, 03:43:57 PM »
I couldn't wait. Sorry.
If you like it go ahead:
Gibson Thunderbird Non Reverse

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2012, 11:04:15 PM »
Nice. But 350 euro shipping cost? You gotta be kidding!

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012, 07:22:10 AM »
I'm not kidding. UPS is - maybe. If you want it and give me information on a cheaper shipment I#m fine with that.

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2012, 08:38:37 PM »
I use UPS too for shipping.
When I ship a BaCHbird with case from The Netherlands to the USA shipping is 180 Euro.

I've shipped to Germany too. That was 21 euro...

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2012, 09:39:53 AM »
I've played around with the UPS options and no matter what i couldn't get it lower than 280 € (after setting size and weight smaller and lower than it actually is).

So either I#m too stupid or shipping from the netherlands is simply cheaper.

Value of my Gibson Thunderbird IV non-reverse bass
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 09:48:03 PM »
I use the Express Saver option. Delivery within 3 workdays world wide.


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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 10:47:58 PM »
Hi Nice bass!

Well the thing with these non reverse thunderbirds is that they are very desireable basses - Gibson have never reissued them (although they might soon) - and so there are few about. Dealers snap them up, and then offer them at very high prices. Whether they are 'worth' these prices is a matter of opinion, but they can get away with it because there are so few about. True, they may sit about, unsold for a long time in their shops.

In really nice original, complete and unbroken condition you might expect this to sell on ebay for £3000-£5000. A dealer might ask twice that in a shop.

Your bass - even if a refin, with a headstock repair, is still a highly playable great sounding bass

but also with no string covers or original case either - i'd think you'd get at least £1500 - maybe £2000 if you get lucky

What are the pot codes by the way, that can help with dating?


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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2012, 03:42:22 PM »
So it went for £1650 (2065 euros) - that is about right IMHO


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