1965 Thunderbird II (reverse)

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The 1965 Gibson Thunderbird II reverse body Bass featured a neck through body design and a one pickup configuration.

Other 1965 reverse body Thunderbird II characteristics: Two tone painted headstock, white Gibson logo on black plastic truss rod cover, Kluson no-name riveted clover reverse tuners with slot head screws, headstock backs had shallow divets routed in the wood, hidden underneath the tuning machines to accommodate the tuner protrusions, serial number on headstock back, unbound Brazilian rosewood 20 fret board with pearloid dot fret markers, one chrome or nickel pickup with two Phillips head height adjustment screws, chrome pickup cover with one plastic shim, white/black/white pickguard with black bird logo, body route under pickguard, curved ebony thumb rest under G string, two silver top/gold hat shaped knobs including numbers, volume/tone words and metal position pointers, four saddle adjustable bridge with individual string mutes, chrome bridge cover with two plastic shims, three screw tailpiece, CTS potentiometers, two small round orange capacitors, plastic housed input jack on body front, strapholder on body back, four screw plastic controls access cover on body back, Honduras mahogany body and neck, standard sunburst finish, rectangular black tolex case with yellow interior.

Gibson records show a total of 215 reverse body Thunderbird II's were shipped in 1965. For 1965 serial numbers see the "Gibson Serial Number Chart". For more precise dating cross reference the serial number with the instrument's potentiometer codes.