1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

How does your Thunderbird hang?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ou812, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. ou812


    Dec 14, 2013
    So I've read all about the infamous T-Bird head dive, but don't seem to notice a problem on my new Gibson. What I do find, however, is that when hanging around my neck, the top of the guitar body is hanging away from me, putting a lot of tension on the neck-side strap mount and making it generally hard to see and play.

    Has anyone tried moving the bottom strap mount to alleviate this? Does it work? If you move it far enough that it's on the 'wing' instead of the center section of the neck/body, could it pull the wing off??? (how good is that glued joint?)

    Alternately, does anyone make a strap mount extension that would accomplish the same without drilling new holes?

  2. Morning Beer

    Morning Beer

    Oct 2, 2009
    Oh, you are talking about a bass......
  3. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    Oh...I get it :p I was gonna be impressed with him hanging around his neck :D
  4. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    I have an Epiphone Pro V, and I must say that the original strap buttons dove pretty badly. I grew up playing a Gibson RD Artist, and I moved the rear strap button to the upper point of the body, and it helped a lot:


    So I tried that with the T-Bird, and expected similar results. It actually made the neck dive worse!


    However, moving the front strap button to the Heel, as shown here improved neck dive to fairly neutral, and the neck hangs at 3 O'clock. I wear my strap a little long, and it takes very little effort to hang the bass at 2 O'clock, like the RD.

    Here is the Front:

    So, as you can see, I have 2 sets of strap buttons on this bass. The Duncan Strap Locks are in the Improved location at the Neck, and the original location at the rear. This is the Best combination that I have found! And of course this is all well documented in several other posts...
  5. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I just drape the strap over the TOP of the body on the lower bout.

    Allen Collins with Lynyrd Skynyrd always did this with his Gibson Explorers.
  6. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    I moved both of them to the back, one at the heel, and the other to the top rear of the back. Works a treat!
  7. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I have no problems with my Epi T-Bird having neck dive. Didn't move the strap button or make any changes to it at all.
  8. 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
    I think some of the issue has to do with your choice of strap length and possibly your body type. Care to elaborate for us?
  9. LAST_C


    Apr 26, 2013
    I moved the strap buttom on the back higher and it helps, but it's not the only remedy for me. I use a wide, leather strap that prevents the bass from diving and also since I don't play with a pick, I rest my forearm on the back of the bass and that holds it in place.

    I came with these ideas over years of playing so, you can experiment with the suggestions here and find what works the best for you.

    tb_zps07219dff. "] tb_zps07219dff. [/URL]
  10. DougieB


    Feb 6, 2012
    I had to move the strap button on my bolt on neck Epi T Bird which rectified the problem. I got a classic pro through neck and it sits fine.
  11. Kevin aka Kebo

    Kevin aka Kebo Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2011
    Princeton NJ
    Owner - Kebo's Bass Works
    I've owned at least 40tbirds, all Gibsons all years. Other than 2 or 3, none of them really ever dove. I also use a 3in wide strap..
  12. karl_em_all


    Jul 11, 2013
    Dimension X
    Same here. I did this for a year or so with my Epi T-bird and it worked great for me. But the strap would chafe my wrist a lot. So I hung it that way, followed the line of the strap and put a strap button on the underside close to the top. Kept the tension on the strap, put a hole in it, plastic strap lock, and done. Hangs perfect and stays close to the body.
  13. I make straps as a hobby.
    About a year ago I made a 60something inch strap for a guy with a Thunderbird.


    I can make more ;)
    Gyver likes this.