NBD 1969 Gibson Thunderbird II

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  1. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    Most of you know what a Thunderbird nut I am. Back in '06 I sold my two best NRs. to pay some bills and take the family to Disney. I instantly regretted selling my near mint unbroken '67 that I had owned since 1980. As prices climbed through the roof I was beginning to think I would never find a replacement. I just scored this from my friend Baz a unbroken '69 one of seven made that year. Original case, cover, mutes ! I pick it up tomorrow, I am totally stoked! [​IMG]
  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    :oops: zowie! SCORE!
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  4. TBird1958

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

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    Anything else is tame by comparision!
    Congratulations on a fantastic new bass Scott! :bassist:
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  6. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for The Patrick Godbey Band Supporting Member

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    Wow Scott, that's a beauty! Congrats!!

    Cheers,
    Jim
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    Gord_oh Supporting Member

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  8. porkdog324

    porkdog324 User who is Registered Supporting Member

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    Beauty bass, bud.

    Silly question though... What does it mean by "unbroken'?
  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    My guess is the common occurrence of headstock breaks on the early TBirds
  10. Nobody

    Nobody

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    Awesome! Congrats!
  11. jbiscuti

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    Fantastic!
  12. jason the fox

    jason the fox Often rocks and rarely rolls.

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    With Thunderbirds (especially older and vintage models) it's more difficult to find one that hasn't had it's headstock/neck broken. Due to the neck shape/profile/width, angled back/large headstock, and most often neck-heavy tendency.

    So it tends to be specified when you're fortunate enough to land an "unbroken" model.:bassist:
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    tomydacat Supporting Member

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    DAY YUMMMMMMM
  14. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

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    That's tasty.
  15. TBird1958

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

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    It has as much to do with a poor case design, it was quite common to break the headstock with the bass in it's case - Also, when these basses were new there were surprisingly few guitar stands that would correctly support an slightly unconventional shape, thus the bass would get leaned up against an amp and fall, also breaking the headstock. The advent of a better case design and stands means far less of this, I think it's a bit overblown anyway, I've fallen down onstage several times with a Thunderbird - no headstock breaks. Whew!
  16. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

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    Yeah they're a bit more sturdy than most people give them credit for.

    I've managed to bash my headstock into a few cymbals and walls and its hasn't broken off.

    It's taken some abuse as you can see:

    [​IMG]

    Anyway, congrats on the new bass godofthunder!
  17. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Supporting Member

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    '65-'69 NRs have one piece necks while the '63-'65 are made up of a nine ply laminate that is inherently much stronger than the one piece. NRs are much more prone to breakage that the Reverse.
  18. adamafurious

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    Wow! Beautiful. Congrats ;)
  19. woodyng

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    Fab bass,congrats!
    I regret selling my unbroken '67 Epiphone Embassy,but i was afraid i was going to be the one who broke it! Most likely the best sounding vintage bass i've owned.
  20. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

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    40 years later and I *still* get goosebumps whenever I see one of these. Nice!

    :bassist:
  21. BassistDale

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    Congrats on the acquisition of such an awesome bass! What's under the strings just in front of the bridge and is it a stock piece?

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