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"It's low end for days" – Gibson announce Rex Brown signature Thunderbird bass

Rex Brown (opens in new tab) is one of the great underrated bass players. He was a crucial force in one of metal's ultimate rhythm sections alongside the late Vinnie Paul in Pantera, and now he's getting some dues with a signature model based on the 1963 Gibson 'Cowbird' Thunderbird he used in the Texas band. But while the tone was a blueprint, this bass guitar features some non-vintage enhancements. 

The mahogany body and neck bass features a Hipshot bridge and tuners with a Drop D Xtender so you can kick into the riff from Walk with ease. A pair of Rexbucker T-Bird pickups high output punch. 

The Rex Brown Thunderbird's master tone control is also equipped with a push/pull switch to select between passive and active mode. 

Rex Brown's signature is included on the truss rod cover, his initials are on the pickup covers and there's a doodle by him on the control backplate.

The Rex Brown Signature Thunderbird is available in Ebony priced at $2,799. More info at Gibson (opens in new tab)

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Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.