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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by UnfortunateTony, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. UnfortunateTony


    Jul 26, 2010
    I have an Epiphone T-Bird and I'm thinking of sticking a Fender neck on there but first I want to know that this would work. So... Would it? Thanks folks!
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    If you have a dremmel tool and you are willing to remove a little wood it will work fine.


  3. UnfortunateTony


    Jul 26, 2010
    Ah that could be a problem.... So let's say I had a luthier do that. Rough estimate?
  4. lposavad

    lposavad Supporting Member

    T-Bird ----> P-Bird? ThunderJay?
  5. TBird1958

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

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups

    Shave the heel and sides of the neck......
    Epiphone body and a Mighty Mite lefty J neck.



    I really want one like this...
    Very J.A.E.
  6. UnfortunateTony


    Jul 26, 2010

    That is awesome. Period. (Btw Washingtonians unite!)
  7. I'm guessing the Fender neck alone is at least $150, right? So, I'm assuming that the reason for adding it is more than cosmetic. Probably a dumb question but is there something wrong with the stock Gibson neck that warrants the conversion? I mean, what's the benefit?

  8. A badassery increase of no less then 50%.
  9. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I LOVES me some Drinky Crow!
  10. Totally digging the upside-down Fender-style headstock. Didn't know that it could work like that... For some reason I thought that fretboard radius was not a perfect circle vertically.

    From what I read, the huge headstocks on Thunderbirds are heavy and cause neck dive. Never tried one though.
  11. wolfmancharlie


    Nov 28, 2009
    I will probably be changing the neck on my Epi bird too. Made in China and 2 years old the neck has become unacceptable.When new , the action and stability was excelent but the neck is almost like gumby now.Like having a built in trem that you dont want.I love the tone and have done a few cosmetic upgrades so I would loose too much money trading it in then turning around and buying a pro 4.So I will probably go with a reverse headstock neck,We shall see.
  12. Bassuvius


    Dec 18, 2009
    Oh my gosh! That natural/maple black block neck is gorgeous!:eek: That neck totally works aesthetically on that body. Ooh me likey!
  13. hachi kid

    hachi kid

    Jun 2, 2008
    Austin, TX
    the reason John Entwistle created these "Fenderbirds" was because he like the thicker/darker tone of the Thunderbird, as opposed to the p-bass which "lost all the bottom end when you turned the treble all the way up on the amp." the problem was, he found the Thunderbird necks not comfortable. so, he took a much more comfortable, and thicker p-bass neck, and stuck it on one of his Thunderbirds, and found one of his favorite basses before he got into the Alembics.
  14. Man, i REALLY want to build up a FenderBird//Thunderder!!!
  15. TBird1958

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

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    My reason for making this one was that I didn't care for the stock Epi neck, I knew that going in. The J neck wasn't expensive, I picked it up on Ebay cheap. As for size of the headstock compared to a contemporary Gibson, the Fender styled one is a boat paddle, bigger and heavier! I do like having one maple neck bass, this one is currently set up BEAD.
    I wish Lakeland would really do this:

    If you don't want to build one.........BaCH has some pretty cool stuff.

  16. yeah if you dont wanna DIY, you could get a status B2 :) thats like the ultimate fender bird (there was a lakland proto while john was still here but the project went with him)
  17. boludo54


    Jul 6, 2016
    Its very possible, not that hard, pm me and ill gladly help

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