Badbird replacment for Thunderbird Three point bridge.

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  1. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    I am considering making a Badbird for modern three point equipped Thunderbirds. The bridge would be two piece with a 60's style tail piece. The small screw hole would be filled by a low profile screw that could be painted to match. The bridge will be a little wider than the one pictured. Any interest out there my Thunderbird bretheren?[​IMG][​IMG]
  2. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Supporting Member

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    I want it now!!!!!!


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    Just say no to Hipshot!
  3. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    I did a test installation this AM on My 2001 Thunderbird aka "The Butcherbird" While intonation is not perfect it is aweful close. I won't have to make the bridge much wider. [​IMG][​IMG]
  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    I had to order metric studs (M8 thread)even though this is a USA bird. The Badbird has a much thinner profile than a three point. I always felt the threepoint on new Birds stuck out like a oil rig on the ocean, the profile was way to high for my liking. Action is super low. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  6. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Supporting Member

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    You know I want one don't you? :)

    I'll expect an invoice when you're ready to ship!
  7. Furious_Man77

    Furious_Man77 Low frequencies since 1997 Supporting Member

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    I'd still like one of these in five string version.
  8. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    I quite like the Hipshot. :mad:
  9. Andii Syckz

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    Everyone has a preference. Looking good scott, You should look into the five string bird market too. I'm sticking with the classic 3 point :D
  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    Going back and forth finalizing drawings, Hopefully I'll have a sample soon. Five string version? The relatively low percentage of five string birds out there doesn't make this worth while for me.
  11. Furious_Man77

    Furious_Man77 Low frequencies since 1997 Supporting Member

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    The idea would be to create more 5 strings. I'd pay for a one-off bridge to convert a Gibson IV to a V as a prototype.

  12. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    This would be of concern for me, if I was to buy one. I like having my intonation spot on. Intonation would likely be thrown further out by my tendency to use heavier gauge strings and have a slightly higher action than most.
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    Intonation will be perfect. The bridge pictured is the Badbird for 60's Thunderbirds and is a test installation. The Badbird II will be wider and have more travel so intonation will be spot on.
  14. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    got a flying v, but still like your work, nice
  15. MadDogIan

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    I'd totally buy one of these... Like ASAP!

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