Here for sale is a Gibson 2012 Black Cherry Thunderbird Nikki Sixx Motley Crue Bass Guitar + Orginal Snake Skin Hard case. These basses are highly sought after and feature some seriously cool upgrades on an already iconic bass. The bass has a mirrored pick guard, red cross inlays, red gibson logo, black metal thumbrest, voodoo style control knobs, snakeskin finish cash with a white plush interior and powerfull vintage style humbuckers. The bass has been well looked after and has some play wear and the odd scratch or ding with the most notable being a small one on the underside lower bout of the bass. At some point the humbuckers were changed out with pick up rings being added so there are four small holes where the rings were fitted. This can easily be covered up by a guitar tech if need be but it gives it character all if which give the bass rock n roll mojo and you can relax and enjoy playing it. A killer example of the Thunderbird with some awesome upgrades courtesy of Motly Crue bad ass Nikki Sixx.
Legendary Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is known as much for his superior playing ability as he is for his longtime love of Gibson’s Thunderbird bass guitars. Gibson once again honors Sixx’s skills and devotion by proudly introducing the new Nikki Sixx Signature Model Thunderbird IV’a genuine tribute to one of rock’s most iconic bass players. The first collaboration between Gibson and Sixx’the Gibson Blackbird’was released almost 10 years ago, and enjoyed immense popularity from both players and fans alike. The new model, however, is poised to take it to the next level.
In keeping with the rebellious spirit of the M+¦tley Cr++e bassist, the new Nikki Sixx Signature Thunderbird IV’s fingerboard is inlayed with exclusive red acrylic “X”s at the third, fifth, seventh and 12th frets. They are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers.
The pickups on the early Gibson basses of the 1960s remained unchanged for many years, undergoing only minor cosmetic modifications from time to time, but staying true to the originals’ sonic characteristics. The pickups in today’s Nikki Sixx Signature Thunderbird IV’two vintage-style TB Plus humbuckers’both capture and recreate the classic attributes of those early Gibson basses. The TB plus humbuckers are traditional hum-cancelling bass pickups with ceramic magnets. They are wax potted then filled with epoxy, producing a full frequency, heavy-bottom sound similar to pickups with a passive EQ, and delivering the huge, powerful bass tone the Thunderbird IV is renowned for. As with all Gibson pickups, every part is precisely manufactured at Gibson USA in Nashville, Tennessee, insuring tight, seamless fittings, and superior workmanship.
Gibson’s innovative three-way adjustable bridge and tailpiece combo is the standard for simplicity and functionality. It provides players with the ability to adjust and fine-tune the height of the Nikki Sixx Signature Thunderbird IV’s bass strings in all directions’front, back, and side-to-side’which gives the bridge a “floating” feature, thus allowing the bass to be equipped with a variety of string gauges and multiple set-up options. The Nikkie Sixx Thunderbird’s powerful resonance, tone, and sustain is the result of anchoring the bridge directly into the body at its three adjustable points, which provides a firm seating for the strings and yields a strong union between the strings and body. Readily accessible screws make setting the intonation simple and unproblematic. To this day, Gibson’s three-way adjustable bridge remains an industry standard. It is the epitome of form and function in bass guitar bridge design. Next to the bridge is a custom Nikki Sixx-designed “Opti-Grab” bracket that he uses to hold the bass while roaming the monster Crue stage.
The Nikki Sixx Signature Thunderbird IV’s multiple-wood-ply construction is as structurally and aesthetically innovative as any Gibson feature. The neck and center piece of the body are constructed from mahogany and walnut, and two AA-grade maple wings are glued on to each side to form the bass’ distinct outline. Gluing all the pieces together insures maximum “wood-to-wood” contact, and allows the neck and body to function as a single unit. This neck-through-body construction results in better tone and unsurpassed sustain, and no loose or misaligned necks.
The Nikki Sixx Signature Thunderbird’s distinct headstock stays true to Gibson’s industry-changing way of thinking. Like every Gibson headstock, the angled Nikki Sixx Thunderbird headstock is carved out of the same piece of mahogany as the neck. The angle is carefully set to 14 degrees’instead of the traditional 17 degrees’to accommodate the headstock’s radical contour and to keep pressure on the strings. The headstock’s form insures straight string pull, which, when combined with the increased string pressure, means there is no loss of string vibration between the corian nut and the tuners, equaling better sustain. Black chrome-plated Grover bass tuners provide the necessary clearance between tuner buttons, allowing for comfortable access and uncomplicated tuning.
- Body Style: Thunderbird Bass
- Body Species: AAA Maple
- Plating Finish: Black chrome
- Tailpiece: Three Point Adjustable Bass Bridge
- Tuners: Grover Bass
- Special Hardware: Opti-Grab Bracket
- Neck Pickup: TB Humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: TB Humbucker
- Pickup Covers: Yes
- Controls: 1 Volume – 1 Tone
- Control Knobs: Black Tophats with red numbers
- Control Pocket Cover: Black Plastic
- Special Features: Kill Switch
- Species: Mahogany/Walnut Laminate
- Nut: Corian
- Nut Width: 1.500″ /- .050″
- Truss Rod: Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod
- Truss Rod Cover: Thunderbird cover, stamped with Gibson Logo
- Fingerboard Species: Ebony
- Inlays: Red acrylic X inlays
- Number of Frets: 20
- Scale Length: 34″
- Type: Gibson Hardshell
- Case Interior: White
- Case Exterior: Black/Red Snakeskin
- Silkscreen: Gibson USA Logo
- Colour: Black Cherry