wich strings will you use with a Gibson thunderbird?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by solitario, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. solitario

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    hello, I just bought my first gibson thunderbird. It came with old wasted string so I have to change them. In my jazz bass I use dr lo riders or dr sunbeans.

    I have 1 lo rider set 1 sun beam set and 1 marcus miller fat beam set (I have never try fat beams before but I bought them for my jb)

    the question is, wich of those 3 sets do you think will sound better with the tbirb? I think that sunbeams will probably sound to mellow in a mahogany body but i dont know...

    I also have a set of fender nickle (emergency set)

    Thank you for the answers
  2. Furious_Man77

    Furious_Man77 Low frequencies since 1997 Supporting Member

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    +1 Fat Beams
  3. solitario

    solitario

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    Thank you for the answer, why fat beams? I mean, do you like fat beams in any bass or they are a good choice for the tbird?
  4. Brian Jeffries

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    rotosound 66 cause they sound so good on the bird
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  6. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

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    This since Rotosounds came into being.
  7. Furious_Man77

    Furious_Man77 Low frequencies since 1997 Supporting Member

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    Between the 3 DR's you listed that you have on hand, the Fat Beams have a firmer feeling tension and a very complete spectrum of tone. In my set up, I think they bring out the best attributes of the Thunderbird sound and fill in some of the naturally recessive frequencies creating a more musical palette.

    I have always liked DR's on my guitars, so I tried the Lo Riders and Hi Beams before settling on the Fat Beams along time ago. I agree with the Rotosounds being another good choice if you want to pick up a set and are after the straight up growl.
  8. solitario

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    I have just tried fat beams, the sound mid scooped and tonds of clanky highs and fnguer noise. I have never tried them before but I dont like them they sound too modern / slappy IMO

    I dont know if the low riders nickle are going to have to much mids on a tbird... what do you think? fatbeams sound good on all my fenders but having a low tension maybe they are not the best option for a tbid playing with a pick... what dou you think?
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    I'm using Boomer mediums on mine...


    - georgestrings
  10. ou812

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    Anybody try LaBella Deep Talking on a T-bird?
  11. pfox14

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    I second the motion for Rotosound 66s. That's what I use on my T-bird.
  12. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola Supporting Member

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    i have an explorer bass that is mahogany and uses the TB pick ups and i use it to play sabbath that is tuned down to C#. so far i have found that DR .110 DDT's sound the best. not too clangy and a dark very deep tone. i don't know what sound you're after but if it's sabbath this will get you in the ball park. i still want to try a 5 string set with the G string in the trash can and see how that goes. i also discovered that plugging into the -15db side calms down those ceramic pu's too. good luck.
  13. El Tookay

    El Tookay Supporting Member

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    ...for the win. 'Birds and Boomers are a great match.

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