NBD I made a NR T-bird style

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  1. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    And it's blue!

    Certain body styles that are rather off the beaten path or otherwise somewhat "odd" seem to appeal to me. This doesn't stop me from playing Pbasses and Jazzs. I like those too and lots of others.
    But I Really like the shape of the Non-Reverse Thunderbird. I enjoyed wrapping my head around the concept of the nomenclature. It's so silly. I like the idea of John Entwistle and his "Fenderbird".
    These are hard to come by, so I built my own using a neck from Eden.
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    I decided to manage some of the ergonomic challenges of the original design by using a Warwick bridge and spacing the tailpiece back far enough to use long scale strings with a medium scale neck. The 32" scale reduces the reach to the lower frets.

    I purchased the bridge and the Warwick tuners from the Talkbass classifieds. Thanks @wolfkeller . I also made use of the TB ads to get a pair of Seymour Duncan passive soapbars (SSB4-S). Thanks @bullitproof .

    Some pics.
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    I took great inspiration from the work of @Dadagoboi of Cataldo Basses. Also shout out to @godofthunder59 for his timely information regarding the original Gibsons. I think this is going to be one of my regular players. I'm proud of it and wanted to share.

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  2. GoesThump


    Jul 13, 2007
    Great looking bass! Outstanding job.

    How long did it take you build?

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  3. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    That came out great! Nice upper register access! Sound clips when you get a chance!
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  4. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Thanks! It took months of thinking about it, a couple of weeks for the woodwork, then say three weeks for a paint job (including curing time) using Duplicolor rattlecan lacquer topped with Mohawk catalyzed lacquer clear for the body/headstock and an enamel for the back of the neck.
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  5. bullitproof

    bullitproof Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2015
    That came out awesome man congrats!
    I'm happy to know/see where the pickups went and the Warwick hardware gives it a special touch!
    Funny recently I've been looking into a few non reverse T-birds as well!
    Cheers! :thumbsup:
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  6. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Very nice! How was the mounting of bridge/tailpiece? Thinking of converting one of my basses to that. Do you have to drill out holes for the bridge? Thanks.
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  7. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I love the adjustability of the bridge and I don't think I've ever used tuners that operate as smoothly as those Warwicks. The Duncans are perfect for this bass, and the EMGs that I had as a second option will find a different home.
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  8. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Yes both of the pieces of the bridge had to be recessed into the body, so I built templates fitting them and routed out for them. Having that separate tailpiece really opened up string choices for me.
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  9. Clutchcargo

    Clutchcargo Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2006
    Southern Illinois
    That's a cool bass Skillet. Well thought out and executed. Congratulations my friend......
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  10. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    I like it!:woot:
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  11. Very cool..Nice work!
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  12. blacktocomm

    blacktocomm Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    The mountains
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  13. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx

    That's a sweet looking bass.

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  14. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Interesting however I dig odd ball stuff, great job.
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  15. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Originally I intended to incorporate a pickguard but routed it in such a way I wouldn't have to use one.... I'm leaning toward leaving it like this though.
  16. Looks Great!
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  17. Nice!
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  18. Marhmol

    Marhmol Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2016
    Bay Area Ca
    Goofy, weird. I like it!!!
    And its blue.
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  19. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Very cool!

    How are those Duncan’s?
  20. Skillet

    Skillet Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    They've got some real growl and bite to them. I was going to wait until my new pc interface gets here to record some audio, but I may do a quickie recording with my phone (S8). I've been surprised by it's fidelity. I'll see what it can do.
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