Gibson Non-Reverse Thunderbird Bass review

The offset bass guitar classic returns in three eye-catching finishes – but does it bring the thunder?

Gibson's 2021 Modern Collection Non-Reverse Thunderbird bass
(Image: © Gibson)

Guitar World Verdict

Not the most versatile instrument when it comes to tones, but when the tone is this good, we can live with it.


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    Sounds great.

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    Looks beautiful.


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    The body shape is an acquired taste.

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Your reviewer wasn’t quite a glint in his father’s eye when Gibson first launched the iconic Thunderbird back in the 1965, but he knows a classic when he lays eyes – and sweaty hands – on one, and this, the latest addition to their Original Collection, is as enduring a bass guitar design as you’re likely to find anywhere. 

However, there are always going to be detractors looking to disagree, and the Thunderbird isn’t without its critics...  

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