Has anyone ever used a Gibson Thunderbird in any kind of prog?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 5 is right, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. 5 is right

    5 is right

    Jan 23, 2020
    In my experience Gibson Thunderbirds are usually thought of as basses people use for playing simple and heavy bass lines but has anyone ever seen someone using it in prog or just generally using it for more complex stuff?
     
  2. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Suspended Supporting Member

    Well, I certainly do use my two 'Birds for fairly simple, heavy bass lines, but... with the right strings, and some judicious amp/pedal tweaking, I can't see any reason why you couldn't play anything else with one. At the end of the day, it's...just a bass (and, now I'm in trouble..:rolleyes:). This would be a good question to ask over in the Thunderbird Club forum. I imagine some of my fellow members play all kinds of stuff with their 'Birds...:cool:
     
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  3. The late, great Chris Squire comes to mind...

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    As for "complex stuff"...I'd venture a guess that most bass players would regard the style of late John Entwistle as complex...

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  4. 5 is right

    5 is right

    Jan 23, 2020
     
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  5. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Ohio
    On Drama, he uses it on "Does it really happen"
     
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  6. 80jazz

    80jazz

    Jun 28, 2008
    Kansas
    Good question!

    I remember seeing a YouTube video of a bass cover of this song with a Thunderbird. It sounded fantastic and close to the recording.
     
  7. tb4sbp

    tb4sbp

    May 9, 2017
    North East
    I just got a Thunder Bird and am very happy with it. It does great for everything I have thrown at it.

    :)
     
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  8. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash.
     
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  9. byoung93888

    byoung93888

    Sep 29, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Glenn Cornick of Jethro Tull and Geddy Lee.
     
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  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Simple heavy bass lines? Man you are sheltered.
     
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  11. 5 is right

    5 is right

    Jan 23, 2020
    What is your point? Do you not understand what I’m writing?
     
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  12. 5 is right

    5 is right

    Jan 23, 2020
    Has Geddy Lee ever used it on a recording?
     
  13. bassinplace

    bassinplace

    Dec 1, 2008
    Geddy Lee? Huh, that's a new one for me. Learn something new everyday. Googling now.
     
  14. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass. Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I do understand and as a life long Thunderbird player I find it rather insulting.
     
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  15. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    You can play anything you like on a Thunderbird. I've done it in my cover bands. We cover a little bit of everything depending on the venue we play. Prog, R&B, Rock, Grunge, Alternative, Pop, Country, Reggae, Hip Hop, Punk just to name a few. I played a Thunderbird exclusively through 25 gigs in 6 months covering all of the above genres just last year. Worked just as well for me as a P or J once I EQ'd for the venue.
     
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  16. 5 is right

    5 is right

    Jan 23, 2020
    Well, I did not say that simple bass lines are inferior to a more complex style so I don’t really see why you would be insulted but you do understand the difference in style between Nikki Sixx and Geddy Lee, right? I’m just asking a question because I’m interested in knowing, whether anybody has used a Thunderbird to play in a style such as, for instance, Geddy Lee’s.
     
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  17. 5 is right

    5 is right

    Jan 23, 2020
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  18. Rezdog

    Rezdog Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    T.Rez, Canada/Motown
    Greetings from the North,

    Check out the UK Prog band Wishbone Ash. They had a rather large following back in the hay day of Prog. Martin Turner played a wicked TBird and sang lead vocals. They were awesome live.


    Rezdog
     
  19. I have... on prog stuff nobody here has ever heard of. Wasn't mine (was a borrowed gibson), and it was super cool... but it was a long long time ago in a project far far away, and I doubt I even have the mixdowns anywhere still. So many recordings I've done in my life, so little to show for it... LoL

    but it worked fine. wasn't as bright as I would choose these days, but back in the 80s or 90s when I did it the setup in that studio got a great tone out of it. I only owned my fretless at the time and this excellent fretted tbird was available, and the owner (as was common for me back in those days) was kind enough to let me play it on the session. Pretty heavy jazz prog stuff with overdrive, recorded in Vancouver somewhere.

    Anyhow - any good bass can do any style, as long as it's not too extreme of a unique instrument.
     
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