'Bird with Broken Wings' 77 Thunderbird Restoration.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Dadagoboi, Oct 16, 2016.


  1. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    i had no idea EB-0s with les paul JR body shapes even existed until just now :woot: p%3A%2F%2Fi976.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fae241%2Fcata1d0%2F1960%2520EBO%2FP1080065P_zpsvdixcrxm.png
     
  2. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Inactive Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    Sub'd!!!

    I followed this to the last second on ebay... I really wanted it, but in the end I had to be honest with myself that I have too many personal projects (that's a first for me).

    So glad you got this Bro, looking forward to seeing your magic!


    Moonshine :bassist:
     
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  3. ricca

    ricca

    Dec 24, 2009
    Reggio Emilia ITALY
    subscribed!
     
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  4. veebass

    veebass

    Mar 27, 2014
    Australia
    So pleased it went to you in the end, Carlo.
    This will be worth watching.
     
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  5. delta7fred

    delta7fred

    Jul 3, 2007
    England
    +1
     
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  6. Dadagoboi

    Dadagoboi CATALDO BASSES Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2005
    Florida Swamp
    CataldoBasses: Designer/Builder ThunderBuckerPickups:Consultant
    No, that's Gibson 0 591.
     
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  7. kbakerde

    kbakerde Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2012
    Seriously, that might be like the 2nd best looking Gibson bass of all time! I'd say 2nd to the RD and slightly above my '13 EB.
     
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  8. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    Very curious to see how your going to go about this. I've often thought of getting a crappy neck thru, chopping off the wings and attaching t bird wings. Now maybe I'll know HOW to do it. Rock on.
     
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  9. Dadagoboi

    Dadagoboi CATALDO BASSES Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2005
    Florida Swamp
    CataldoBasses: Designer/Builder ThunderBuckerPickups:Consultant
    Actually a lot easier if you can make cuts that are parallel to the centerline of the neck. This one will be getting cuts at an angle followed up by router with a bottom bearing bit and template to get the edge perfect in prep for grafting on Honduras Mahogany extensions.

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    I'm hopeful it will end up looking like a NOS version of my other '77.

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  10. Sub'd. Oh boy, will this be great!
     
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  11. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    detroit
    Tracing the body on the other bass for the shape? Convent having that.
     
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  12. Damn this is making me want another gibson!
     
  13. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I saw this on ebay!
     
  14. Sweeeeeeet I saw that on ebay to but I dont have the skills to fix that, will be cool to watch
     
  15. Mosstone

    Mosstone

    Jun 20, 2009
    Subbed! This oughta be good!

    I thought about bidding on that myself, but I've got too many projects stacked up as it is (just finished one today, in fact. I'll be posting a thread as soon as I have the time). I have no doubt you'll do a top-rate job, Carlo!
     
  16. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    Subbed
     
  17. Canadian APII

    Canadian APII Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2013
    Ottawa Ontario
    Can't wait to see this resto.
     
  18. Oh my goodness...
     
  19. Canadian APII

    Canadian APII Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2013
    Ottawa Ontario
    I would template the electronics pocket and lop the wings off either side of the center ridge then rebuild the wings completely. That way you won't have awkward glue lines in the future.
     
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  20. hillerup

    hillerup There are basses, and there are Thunderbirds!

    Aug 26, 2009
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I was kinda thinking the same thing too - How come you decided to cut off the wings at an angle instead, Carlo?
     
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