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precision vs. thunderbird

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tbird99, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. tbird99


    Jun 29, 2012
    Dalton, Ga
    Ok so to me this is how it goes , Thunderbird for looks and sound and you can get alot different sounds from just changing the volume and tone knobs unlike p basses but p basses for ease of playing and it feels alot better also the p is the original I could never pick to just have one forever to me if its a simple song or stays lower than the 15th fret I like tbirds but for more advanced stuff I like the p bass , I'm comparing these to using my 95 Gibson tbird and 2012 mim p bass please only Gibson and fenders (epiphone and squier is a no no , nothing wrong with them but still) if I had a p bass with that thin tbird neck and pickups like a tbird it would be perfection , total perfection , are epi tbird necks the same size as Gibson , could I take a epi neck and put It on my fender or would that not work
  2. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    I get you, for I'm a Fender guy, but a Jazz bass one, not a Precision's, thus keeping fair distance from both

    And to me, as long as I'm concerned, they both cut thru a band mix very well they both are excellent with a pick they both are iconic and they both have not that many sounds under their metaphoric belts. That's why they're both not my cup of tea. But I can understand their immense appeal in rock.

    Now y'all think "he's a Fender guy in the end, so he's going to favor Precision bass in awhile, an excuse or another..." no way

    I like the Precision bass more than the Thunderbird, but then again I need two pickups on a bass of mine, and I'll end up adding one to the Precision (theorethically a neck humbucker), so, with status quo equipment: no preference for me between the two.

  3. This time two years ago, I owned six (!) Thunderbirds.

    I had just suffered a vicious back injury. Being off work, I was collecting basses out of boredom.

    Then it hit me. The 'birds were causing me to twist while I was playing, constantly irritating my injury. I'd get off the stage and be in so much pain that I couldn't walk the next day.

    I tried a P to see if the answer was a more balanced bass, and the problem wasn't fixed, but it was ALOT more comfortable to play.

    I now own 3 P-basses, and more will be on the way, I'm sure of it. I also prefer their sound to the Thunderbird.
  4. nubs


    Mar 1, 2005
    i have 5 birds, 2 P's also two J's.....their different animals totally. i actually like the birds more, but at the time the P's and J's fit my "band needs" a little more....... they are 4 bangers and my two go to birds are 5ers, my JAEbird is a 4 but needs thunderbuckers put into it before it makes it into the rotation.

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