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1987 to 1989

GIBSON produced the GIBSON IV BASS between 1987 and 1989. It had a mahogany body and neck with an ebony fingerboard, The pickups were two Thunderbird units. Gibson also released a 5 string bass with the same specs at the same time (the Gibson V Bass).  The Gibson IV is a forgotten gem often overlooked in discussions about Gibson basses. It's essentially a late 80s Thunderbird that is shaped like a Precision, with two extra frets. The neck dimensions are closer to a Precision than a Thunderbird's, add in Cold War vintage Shaller M4 tuners and a Schaller 3D bridge, and you have one truly amazing instrument !


Tone controls 1 tone control
Volume controls 2 volume controls


Pickups configuration 2 humbucker pickups


Finish colors black finish, natural finish, red finish, white finish
Made in USA
Number of strings 4 strings
Scale length 34 inches scale-length


Body material mahogany body
Body shape features double cutaway


Bridge Schaller roller bridge, fixed bridge
Hardware color black hardware
Tuners Schaller tuners


Fingerboard inlay material pearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard material ebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markers offset dot fingerboard position markers


Neck joint set neck
Neck material mahogany neck
Number of frets 22 fret
Peghead (headstock) black face headstock
Tuner layout two-each-side


(ID: I-494 )