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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kevin_BlueBASS, Apr 5, 2009.


    31 vote(s)
  2. THUNDERBIRD (either reverse or non-reverse)

    55 vote(s)
  1. Just for fun, I want to see everyone's opinion on these two legendary Gibson models. Of course it's hard to compare the passive T-Bird to the Moog electronics found in the RD artist, so to make it more fair, this is only regarding the RD standard
    And here is our contestants!






    Personally I prefer the shape of the RD, and it's all maple vs all the mahogany build of the T-bird... I have a Maple fetish lol

    Now cast your votes!
  2. 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
    So we're comparing a '76 (the black one) to a 60's NR (the brown one) to an RD Standard?.

    Even tho I'd love to own an RD, my 50year old spine says:

    I'll take the Thunderbirds, Thank You! :)
  3. give me a NR body with a maple FB and im sold..
  4. i think they both look like something you would punish your child with.

  5. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    I have both and the Thunderbird is SO much lighter! My 50 yr. old back couldn't take 4 hrs. of the RD hanging on my body.

  6. Mikio


    Feb 21, 2009
    Santiago de Chile

    Thunderbirds are quite ugly... IMHO
  7. RD, I prefer the shape.
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000

    I agree.
  9. thunderbird my time playing a couple of epiphone models one completely stock..the other had a black base colour with pink polka dots on it and not small ones either must of been 5/6 inches in diameter on each of them haha but that one was as the owner put it "more wood filler than actual wood" after an drunkern incident with the bass and a street floor, but yes, the body of the thunderbird just sits right with me, when you have adjustable strap that is, the RD is to misshapen to my eyes but a good design in it's own rights
  10. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    RD for Ralphe Armstrong
  11. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I'll have to agree with the others about the weight. My almost 50 year old spine couldn't take an RD. I have two '76 Tbirds and they are both lightweight and sound great. Thunderbird for me.
  12. MetroBass


    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    Don't know what a RD is, don't care. Gibson Thunderbird always!!!
  13. i picked the Tbird,only cause i could give a F*** less about the RD standard.the RD artist on the other hand sounds like it would be a much better match up against the Tbird.
  14. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    since I never had a RD to play with, I cannot truthfully answer the "this vs that" question. Weight is not a factor for me, but tone and playability is. I suppose if an RD sounded similar and the neck felt the same, I would have an RD or 2 in my collection. :D
  15. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    +1 Artist vs Tbird is a close run thing - for a whole gig probably a Tbird but as a change bass......that's hard!
  16. man... in a perfect world i would say BOTH!

    But for argument's sale, i'll go with the RD if only because it's so stand alone and other than First Act there really isn't anything like it...
  17. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    My vote goes for Thunderbird. But I'd choose an RD artist over a bird anyday
  18. madurolover


    May 21, 2011
    Tampa Fl
    There is a 1976 Bird at my local GC and I played it the other day. It had a much different rone than any other on the racks. I have not played the RD but sure did like the Bird. They want 1900 for it.
  19. wow i was immature.. at this point i'd say idk, cause i'd like to try an RD but they are never around anywhere for me to try (especially the standard being the rarest). the weight sounds a bit iffy for me even being a smaller guy though...
  20. Rotwang


    Nov 6, 2011
    If I ever found myself in the middle of a gunfight, I would definitely want the RD to use as a shield. That Maple must weigh a ton!!

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