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Badbird replacment for Thunderbird Three point bridge.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by godofthunder59, Mar 9, 2014.


  1. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    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]
     
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  2. TBird1958

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

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
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    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    I want it now!!!!!!


    :):):):):):):):):):):):):)


    Just say no to Hipshot!
     
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  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    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]
     
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  5. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
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    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    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]
     
  6. TBird1958

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

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    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

    Jul 5, 2010
    Indiana
    I'd still like one of these in five string version.
     
  8. I quite like the Hipshot. :mad:
     
  9. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Montreal
    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 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    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.
     
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  11. Furious_Man77

    Furious_Man77 Low frequencies since 1997

    Jul 5, 2010
    Indiana
    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. 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 Godofthunder bassist for Knight Patrol Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    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.
     
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  14. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2010
    LA
    got a flying v, but still like your work, nice
     
  15. MadDogIan

    MadDogIan Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2013
    KY
    I'd totally buy one of these... Like ASAP!
     
  16. maury912

    maury912 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Buffalo NY
    I need this in my life.
     
  17. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time. Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    Geddy does BadBird. So would I if I played a Gibby.
     
  18. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
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    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    I like it Scott... A lot.

    I do like the stock three point Gibbo bridge to an extent. I have one of the Hipshot bridges (on a Epi Classic IV)and while I like the way it works, I don't really care for how it looks; it's pretty massive (in looks, not weight). I haven't used one of the new Babicz three point bridges (I'm sure it works great) but again it is pretty fugly (IMHO).

    I like what you've done already with the BadBird... Bring it on Dude.


    Moonshine :bassist:
     
  19. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Hmmm.... If I keep my '08, may be!
     



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