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Essex spec poll for Thunderbirds

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lamarjones, Nov 25, 2003.

Specs on Essex Thunderbird 5

Poll closed Dec 25, 2003.
  1. 35" with wider spacing

    19 vote(s)
  2. 34" with wider spacing

    10 vote(s)
  3. 35" with narrower spacing

    9 vote(s)
  4. 34" with narrower spacing

    8 vote(s)
  1. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    This poll is for Kurt at Rondo/Essex.

    They are planning on building a Thunderbird copy, and I was asking for a 5 string version. So, would you guys like to see a 34" or 35", wider spaced (like a jazz 5 or standard 4 string P bass spacing) or would you like tighter spacing (along the lines of the epiphone T-bird spacing)

    Please also indicate if you would like to see an Essex T-bird 5. I think 4 is in the works, but I tend to think a 5 done right (playability wise) would do well.
  2. i'd like to see a 4 along the same lines as the gibson/epi tbirds, but if there was to be a 5'er in the works i'd go with a tighter 35" spacing
  3. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    a five string Tbird (34" definitely not 35") with same neck specs as the Brice Douglas 5. I'd most definitely be a buyer.
  4. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Thunderbird is already neck-heavy...making it 35" scale would make that worse.
  5. Jmann


    Apr 29, 2003
    Lexington, Ky
    tell him to offer a 4 lefty wide 35"
  6. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    Give it a big chunky Fender P neck. Lol, a fenderbird.

  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    25'' wide
  8. Jmann


    Apr 29, 2003
    Lexington, Ky
    OX Style hells yes!
  9. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    T-bird already is neck heavy to the max, so 35" scale would be nice. As well as the tight spacing like in Epi bird.

    Perhaps they could do something to the neckdive at Rondo, though..
  10. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    simply move the rear strap button 1/2 the distance from where it is and the top of the back horn. move the front strap button to the edge of the neck pocket (button facing the headstock). I've tried this with a mockingbird (terribly neck heavy) and achieved great results. No neck dive at all. If only they'd do this at the factory they'd save a little work and a lot of frustration on the part of the player.
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    How about making it 34.5" scale, like the Gibson T-Bird? And I would keep the same spacing (string to string) as the 4-string Gibson. You would have my attention as a potential buyer if such an axe were to be made and marketed.

  12. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars

    Specs aren't an issue for me, I'll play whatever.

    I'll buy one.

  13. bassmantele


    Jul 22, 2003
    Boston MA USA
    Can I ask what the buzz is about Tbirds? Who played 'em?

  14. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    They look cool. They also have a thin neck that alot of people love and are comfortable to play sitting down. However, I don't like the sound of them and would rather make a custom Fenderbird, as I need a chunky P neck.
  15. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    P bass spacing/neck, 34" scale.

    Done and done.
  16. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    +1000000 :bassist:
  17. You mean this old thang?

    Epiphone Thunderbird Neck Dive Fix
  18. i want that man's shirt...
  19. SMG

    SMG Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    metro Detroit

    bolt on, set neck or neck through like a Gibson?
  20. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    "You mean this old thang?

    Epiphone Thunderbird Neck Dive Fix"

    Actually....I was talking about the rear strap button. I've done this with a Mockingbird which suffers from the same problem and moving the rear strap button seemed to accomplish the same thing. SO...6 or one and 1/2 dozen of the other ;)


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