J-Bird's T-Bird! 🎶
After tucking away all of my basses for safe keeping as Superstorm Sandy was bearing down on my home here in Long Beach NY and I was preparing for evacuation, I've FINALLY taken my brand spanking new Gibson Thunderbird IV out of storage. I purchased it before the hurricane and never got to play it! I plugged it into my Hartke rig for the very first time last week. The first song I cranked out was "Hard To Handle" by The Black Crowes. Next, I plan to visit the expert who sets up or repairs all of my basses, Paul Livoti at The Guitar E.R. to change the factory strings, as I use DR STRINGS, exclusively.
*A little history about this iconic bass design: The Thunderbird’s unique “reversed” zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich. (Gibson USA) *Photo: By the Pro Photographer who's followed me around for the past 13 years, the one and only amazing Anthony Messina (A.Messina Photo), April 2018.