Fender single coil sound from Thunderbird?
Out of curiousity, I recently spent a few minutes with a neck-through Thunderbird at the MI shop. I really liked the general feel, workmanship, dimensions etc of this bass. The only thing I did not really like was the tone of the pick-ups - humbucker is not my thing.
I have found reference to SD SSB-4 but have not found any good sound clips. I play mostly blues, rock and a bit jazz/funk: 98% fingerstyle and 2% slap - no pick. (Typically, the Thunderbirds seem to be played exclusively at knee cap height by pick wielding rockers, which makes it hard to find reviews applicable to my styles. ;) )
The sound I am looking for is single coil Jazz. For my use, I REALLY liked the SD design pickups in the Squier CV Jazz. I do not want active pickups or preamp.
Perhaps you're letting some preconceptions color your opinion.........
Here's Walter Becker of Steely Dan playing a Thunderbird live.
I don't know who the bassist is on this clip but her seems to have no problem accompanying Al Stewart live with a Thunderbird.
Still, if you like the tone of single coil Jazz basses a stock Thunderbird may not be your best choice, the better aftermarket pickups from Lull, Thunderbucker Ranch and Jason Lollar all have a warmer, growl to them. There are quite a few examples posted in the T Bird club thread.
Thanks for the reply! :)
No, no preconceptions in this case. I have one Gretsch with humbuckers and one luthier bass with split coil humbuckers. I do not like humbuckers; too "raspy" and "thick" sounding, but in the "wrong" way. For me, that is!
Nice clips, even if the Steely Dan guy uses a pick.
Like I said, I really like bass but not the pickups.
>heading over to the T Bird club thread< :D
I can't find anything on Duncan's website about an SSB-4 sound clips. I think you'll have a problem with ever getting a single-coil tone from a T-Bird. Just not the right bass for that type of tone.
Wish this was mine..............
I got a Gibson EB Bass last year. It has dual humbucker setup similar to a Thunderbird with volume/volume/tone controls. Each volume is a push/pull pot so that each pickup can be independently coil tapped for a single coil sound. I don't know enough about pickup wiring to know if this is possible with the Thunderbird pickups, but it might be worth looking into if it single coil sound is what you are looking for without having to change out the pickups.
With some padding to make up the room, you could ostensibly put singles in T-bird shells. It could even have the front coil all the way forward and the rear all the way back; the spacing would be pretty close. Just depends on how ambitious you are! I wonder if any of the custom guys has gotten requests for J's in TB shells... I sort of bet Nordy could do it, but I don't know if he'd want to!
What is wrong with NOT using a pick, Sartori? :D
Thanks for the replies, guys!
My personal reflection is that it is a great instrument but a bit "niche" in stock format. IME, there is no current, non-CS Fender Jazz with such resonance, response, even tone and authority. Not even the road worn or AVRI. It is a pity the "hard rock" image is so strongly attached to the instrument, or it would probably sell a lot more.
Especially if it could do a single coil sound... ;)
A little more like this one then.
Epi body, no name lefty neck (optional) Gibson pup covers with SD '51 P Single Coils.
Ok! I said I play fingerstyle, get suggestions on clips to look at.
I like them and find them useful, "even if he plays with a pick", which I don't.
No other meaning was intended. English is not my first language...
Keep pickin', ehhh...
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