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Name that bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Octave Doctor, Aug 20, 2003.

  1. So... what sort of bass is this?

  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Gibson or Epiphone Thunderbird.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    IM guessing Gibson because if they are an established band, he probably wouldnt be rockin' an epiphone.
  4. Why? Plenty of established bands have Epiphone users. The Beatles and Kiss come to mind.
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    But the thunderbird? doesnt that sell for like 399 or less? ($)
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    It's a Thunderbird. Pretty sure it's a Gibson.

  7. Maybe this sheds a little light on the subject:


    So - now we know what it is - is it any good?
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Yes, its a gibson, :p
  9. IMO the Datsuns guy gets a pretty nondescript tone out of his Gibson Thunderbird, but Frankie Poullain of the Darkness and Simon Gallup of The Cure get quite interesting tones out of theirs.
  10. I believe a precision is usually called for on such occasions.
  11. hmmm...maybe a Precision with a J pickup added at the bridge.
    the T-bird sound with 2p/ups on full has a hollowness to it (as opposed to the full mids of a P bass)- check out the beginning of "39" by The Cure for an example.
  12. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    thats dolf datsun and its a gibson thunderbird.
  13. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    I don't like them myself all that much... Some people love them though. As always, YMMV.
  14. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Man, I'm always torn about those Thunderbirds. What times I've heard them live, it's like farting into a tin can with poor acoustics.

    Then again, they almost always are through Ampeg rigs with picks when I hear them, and I use neither.

    I'd love to own one for a month to see what I could do with it.