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1964 Gibson Thunderbird II Bass - Signed by John Entwistle

One of the iconic basses of rock and roll is the Gibson Thunderbird. The reverse offset body, the bird-beak headstock, and the aggressive tone would never fit in a rock or country band. It was made to rock and that's what it does. One of the iconic bass players of rock history is John Entwistle of The Who. Put them together and you have something really special. The object of our attention this week is a 1964 Gibson Thunderbird that signed by the legendary Who bassist.  The Thunderbird was designed to rival Fender's successful bass line. It was the first 34-inch scale-length bass Gibson built. The neck-through body design was unique and made the the instrument really sing with good sustain. Apparently the humbucking pickups covers were originally designed for a lap steel guitar. These guitars seemingly weighed a ton, but the weight contributed to massive tone. The Tune-o-Matic style bridge added to the sustain. The bass had a single tone and volume control. With the treble all