nikki sixx new thunder bird versus standar thunderbird

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by solitario, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. solitario

    solitario Guest

    Oct 13, 2011
    Hello, theres a guy who sells the new sixx thunderbird (the one with the maple top en X markers). I dont have the chance to play it because he lives far away, I have try a standar tbird and I would like to read some opinions from people who have played both.

    the standar sound warm and dark and imo you must play it with pick to get the sound, e string distorts easily if you play hard with the pick. the sound is dark and warm but a bit loose. playing with fingers sounds mutted with no highs at all. will the nikki sixx sound diferent? I love the thunderbird look but not too much the sound, I dont like the X on sixx bass but if it sounds better (specially with fingers) I'll get it.

    Thank you for your help guys.


    Mar 26, 2012
    New York
    get the one visually more appealing to you.
    you can always change the pickups/electronics
  3. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    I own the standard Thunderbird which is 2 years old. I have not played the sixx bass but I love mine and that is all that counts. I ordered mine from Guitar Center without going to try it out and I paid $1800 US....I prefer to get a bass that is not re-done by a famous bass player. You can always mod the one you get but for re-sale value I would stick with the standard Tbird...........................:)
  4. solitario

    solitario Guest

    Oct 13, 2011
    pickups are not everything you need to change, woods changes the sound and tbirds soung dark and warm because of mahogany neck thru body and neck. a maple neck will help to get a more bright tone, thats why I'm asking if nikki sixx signature has a brighter punchier sound for playing with fingers, because of the aaa maple top.

    anybody have try both?

    Mar 4, 2008
    new666jersey Gibson Nikki Sixx Thunderbird Bass

    i dont think the maple top is going to effect the tone that much.
    it seems like it will sound more like a vintage t-bird. prob not great for fingerstyle playing. one interesting change is the angle of the headstock is changed.
  6. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The Nikki Six model will sound EXACTLY like a standard Tbird of the same time period. The only difference between a Nikki Six model and a standard Tbird is aesthetics. If you don't like the sound, then definitely don't buy it.
  7. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups


    I own both. The standard is very mid rangy and almost Rick like thru my rig, eq'd to my preference. The Nikki Sixx Mk.II uses different pickups, different wiring (VVT on std, VT killswitch) and a maple top on the wings. The result is a much darker, tighter, more modern tone.
  8. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    Not necessarily - I have a Gibson Blackbird that is totally different than the standard Tbird IV from the same time. The neck is 3-ply mahogany vs. the 9 ply mahogany / walnut on the IV, the fingerboard is ebony vs. rosewood, the pups are hotter and darker, and the nut is thinner. The bridge is also a bit beefier than found on the IV. The sum of the differences between the Blackbird and the IV contribute to a noticeably different sound, so I see no reason why the red "XX" bird wouldn't sound different also.
  9. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I like the way Gibson avoids the neck-dive issue by explaining "Next to the bridge is a custom Nikki Sixx-designed 'Opti-Grab' bracket that he uses to hold the bass while roaming the monster Crue stage."

    If you've ever seen the Crue in concert you know he spends more time repositioning the bass when he lets go that holding on to it while "roaming the stage."
  10. I have had 5 gibby t birds , one was a nikki sixx blackbird. I hated the nikki,piece of crap compared to my other birds. It had the worst dive , sounded the worst, was the ugliest IMO and randomly one day every note fretted out, it was unplayable so i used a ibanez P copy to record my bands cd-mine may have just been a lemon, but i will stick to the standards.
  11. solitario

    solitario Guest

    Oct 13, 2011
    I didnt find the standar to have a lot of midrange (I play a JB) so if the nikki sixx has a darker deeper more modern sound I think I wont sound good with fingers. Ithought the maple top will add some bright and tight the sound but if it is darker sounding It is not for me :(
  12. NOT

    NOT Guest

    Jul 15, 2011
    I never have neck dive on my Gibson Thunderbird, being that the strap lock is on the heel of the neck. As it is ob Nikki's 'Birds.

    However, Nikki hangs his bass far below his waist. And much of the time Nikki's guitar strap is falling off of his shoulder. I think the combination of a low and ill adjusted guitar strap is a bigger contributor to neck dive.
  13. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I don't doubt what you say NOT. It's just that T-Birds have a reputation as neck-divers. And Nikki seems to spend a lot of time repositioning his neck during a concert. The "Opti-Grab" certainly does come in handy though.