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Can a fender jazz sound like a thunderbird?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I played an epi tbird awhile ago and it has this deep yet growling tone going on....its rich but not muddy. I wonder if a jazz bass can get that type of sound.
  2. justinb515


    May 23, 2006
    A jazz bass can sound like anything :smug: Seriously, I think that a Tbird has humbucking pickups, while a jazz has single coils. Humbuckers are typically deeper and fuller, while jazz pickups are thinner and more articulate. If you are set on making your jazz sound more like a t-bird, maybe try some stacked humbucking pickups, which would fit in the current pickup holes. Or just buy a t-bird and keep the jazz, which can apparently sound like a fire truck if you are talented enough
  3. uly_


    Jul 4, 2005
    No, it can't :) Only a thunderbird can sound like a.. well, thunderbird.

    Nothing comes close to the deep-ass low-mid "hunk" the Thunderbird has :) I've owned both a Thunderbird and a Jazz Bass, and there's absolutely no way that they can sound the same.
  4. loendmaestro

    loendmaestro Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
  5. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    A Jazz can sound close to a Tbird with Tbird pickups, but a large part of it is the all mahogany construction.
  6. Johnny Crab

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

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
  7. ed khalimba

    ed khalimba platinum member

    Dec 24, 2005
    a jazz bass with the neck pickup solo'd and the right eq can definately sound like a t-bird.
  8. i have both an epi bird and a fender jag, i can get close to the birds tone with my jag in series and the bass boosted a bit (i have stacked vintage basslines in too tho) however i would say get a bird they are pretty affordable and for 'that' sound you may well just get a new bass (its always good to get a new bass) as the hassle to get it on a jazz equipped bass is a pain, especially if you want a quick change over mid gig.

    the epi bird has a really throaty mid growl that mixes with the thumping bass perfectly where as a jazz has a smoother more focused tone with tight bass not wide thundering lows like the bird, just my opinion tho

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