The Gibson Blackbird was a custom Thunderbird model made to specifications requested by Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. Originally to be named the "Sixxbird", the Blackbird was manufactured from 2000 to 2003. It differed from the Thunderbird IV in the following details: The fingerboard was made from ebony and had iron cross inlays. An "opti grab" handle was added to the normal Thunderbird bridge, The only electronic control was a single on/off switch for the two humbucker pickups. The pickguard was designed specifically for the Blackbird All hardware on the Blackbird were finished in black chrome. The Blackbird had a flat-black finish. The pickups were renamed as 'Deep Sixx' pickups.more
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