T-bird help/advice req.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PaulonBass, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. PaulonBass


    Jul 15, 2005
    Hello, just been browsing the basses forum and see that many of you are t-bird players so hopefully someone can help me out here.
    I have been playing a t-bird for over a year now after playing a more traditional bass for 3 years before that, i feel that it is restricting my progress as it is weighted towards the head, i'm now finding it hard to play fluidly as i'm always trying to keep it up right.
    I know this is a common problem with these basses but love the look and sound of it so was wondering if there is any way i can balance this beast out a little.

    Cheers for any aid you talkbassers can offer

    p.s sorry but i'm not sure which forum to post this question in
  2. jim primate

    jim primate bass guitarist.

    moving the rear strap button towards the bottom of the guitar is said to help. there are others who'd know better and posts with more accurate descriptions have been made.

    i advise using the search function. "thunderbird strap button." something like that.
  3. janesh


    Nov 28, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    its actually a quite simple thing to fix. you need to move the top strap plug onto the "heel" of the neck (the square piece of wood where the body and the neck join). get it proffesionally done other wsie you'l completely stuff up your bass. by moving the plug it gets rid of the neck heavy feel of the bass and makes it heaps easier to play.
  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I just play mine with a fairly wide suede strap. This grips my shoulder pretty well, and prevents the neck from diving (which, BTW, I tend to feel is not as big of an issue as some other seem to, but then again, it may be my playing position - slung fairly low, but not down by my knees! :p).

  5. 69'Vette


    Jan 28, 2003
    Provo, UT
    A wide suede strap (or anything 'rough' on the underside) certainly helps. Also the front strap pin at the heel of the neck. Another thing though is rear pin placement as well. If you look at a reverse Thunderbird from the 60's, you'll notice the rear strap pin is off center about 1 1/2" above the middle. See here (placement is original):


    Blackbirds come the same way, but 70's and newer 'birds don't (another dumb move on Gibson's part). Proper strap placement is worth the extra holes in my book. It moves the center of gravity just enough that between that and the right strap, neckdive is a non issue.
  6. gafbass02


    Nov 9, 2005
    cheltenham uk
    Same i just looked up thunderbird strap button on google and unscrewed it from the top bout to he heel, with a screwdriver and a bradawl, took like 5 mins and has improved 100%, with no ill effects, although mine is an Epi not a Gibson.
    Good luck