Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has been turning heads for years, including when he debuted his signature Ibanez hollow-body bass on stage a few years ago. Now Ibanez and the bassist have teamed up to release the bass as a model in the company’s lineup.
Made in the company’s Japanese workshop, the TCB1006 is a six-string built with a five-piece maple and purpleheart neck set into the body, which has curly maple for the back and sides with quilted maple for the top. Its bound rosewood fingerboard holds 24 jumbo frets and is adorned with acrylic block inlays.
The electronics include a pair of EMG 45HZ pickups as well as a Graph Tech Ghost Saddle pickup that sits in the bridge. For controlling the signals, it is fitted with the Graph Tech Ghost modular system. “The Graph Tech Ghost modular pickup system offers Piezo and MIDI output options to the player in addition to the magnetic sound,” Ibanez explains. “Players can quickly and smoothly control various tones by two knobs and three toggle switches; Piezo/ Magnetic /Mix, MIDI program up/down, and Mid/Dark (natural Ghost acoustic sound/mid-boost) switches.”
If you haven’t seen Thundercat perform before, check out this clip of him playing the bass with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on The Late Show:
Other features include a Hipshot A-Style bridge, Hipshot Ultralite tuners, and gold hardware. The Ibanez Thundercat Signature TCB1006 will be shipping soon for $6,999.99.
Ibanez Thundercat Signature TCB1006 Bass Specs:
|Body Back & Sides:||Curly Maple|
|Pickups:||EMG 45HZ, Graph Tech Ghost Piezo (in bridge)|
|Electronics:||Graph Tech Ghost Modular Pickup System|
|Output:||1/4-inch, 13-pin connector|
|Bridge:||Hipshot A-style bridge w/Graph Tech Ghost Saddle pickup|
|Case:||Hardshell Case Included|