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Thunderbird Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TBird1958, Feb 18, 2014.


  1. TBird1958

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

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

    I used them almost by default, this was the late '70s and '80s, they'd sound good and clangy for a week or less sometimes - ate the frets on my '73 4001. Whatever Gibson uses for frets is much stouter, nothing like that going on with any of my 'Birds, rounds are the strings I use except for a short "mistake" with some TI Flats.
     
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  2. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Well, rounds don't seem to hurt the frets on the vast majority of basses (much), so I wouldn't condemn them all out of hand. On some older basses - like a 4001 Rick? Well, you might get away with it for a while... and you might not. Since I was told that my 4001 had never worn anything but flat wounds since it left the factory (with Maxima flats); and since the frets are still in great shape after having had the snot played out of it for 30+ years? I saw no reason to change... Most of what I like to play was originally recorded with flats, or on an upright bass, anyway...

    As for the 330 Rick guitar? Well... they're notoriously famous for their tiny, mandolin-sized frets. And they're supposedly pretty soft, too. So, I'll admit that the Roto Pinks aren't completely to blame. Still, with a 330's rep in mind, it would be hard to come up with a worse set of strings to put on it; those things felt like a wood rasp. It wears EB nickel Slinkys now; much nicer - on the new frets and my fingers...

    Personally, I only have 3 basses - out of 24 - that wear round wounds. I don't really like how they feel; they're on there 'cause I like the way they sound. 2 of them - one of my T-Birds, and my headless Kramer Duke - wear GHS Bass Boomers. The other one wears EB Hybrid Slinkys. Every other bass? Tapes or flats...:cool:
     
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  3. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    The white tr cover is kinda cool on that hs - very C&W/Rockabilly. Probably would look good with a blk/wht/blk pg.
     
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  4. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I like um' both - each has their own unique sound/approach.
     
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  5. Klondike

    Klondike

    Dec 22, 2014
    Joliet, IL. USA
    Have any of your guys tried the StringJoy strings? They are made in Nashville and are less bright than most rounds, I like what I'm hearing so far. Holy crap I like these rounds. Put a set on Ol' Blu and Im really diggin the sound. Yes I did promise a pic of Ol' Blu and Ginger, those are coming. My last project has finished and I am working on getting my schedule back to normal, pics soon.
     
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  6. RedVee

    RedVee

    Dec 24, 2014
    Australia
    Correct it for you

    Beauty is in the eye of the Beer Holder
     
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  7. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    and these..
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  8. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird Supporting Member

    Sounds like a good time to me.
     
  9. Inky13

    Inky13

    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    92D70C1B-52D4-4CBA-A5D0-BB70FB753A94. And so it begins. :sour:
     
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  10. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Life on the road. I posted this elsewhere by mistake, I'm a little tired. IMG_20181109_114910_348.
     
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  11. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    ^^^^^^^^^
    This, big time

    As much as it pains me to agree with the boy, I’m not a huge fan of Rotos for the most part either :)
    Love Cobalt flats for some basses
    Ken Smith Bass Burners for some
    Black Beauties for some
    DR Lo Riders for some
    The KS Pressure wound sound interesting
     
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  12. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy Supporting Member

    Rotten Kid is clearly a forward thinking and fiscally rational person. He will have 'Birds and hot rod bulldozers with the cash he saves.
     
  13. Fixed that for you.
     
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  14. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird Supporting Member

    I'm forced to use flats. Just aren't rounds, at least on this planet that can hold up to my torture of them.
    Not that i'm not enjoying them.................The flats that is, ok, the torture too.
     
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  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy Supporting Member

    Thank you. I knew there was something missing, and you are on it. All is well in the world again.
     
  16. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy Supporting Member

    4ee6acd8b49a2c3e652c30dad165-should-men-wear-heels-and-or-ballet-flats.
     
  17. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    funny we were discussing strings....popped the G (Roto :laugh:) on my Gibby last night and had to use the backup....:sour::sour:
    thumbnail_file (4).
     
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  18. Nice shot!
     
  19. At least you had a backup! I can't remember the last time I broke a string, but I even get nervous going to rehearsals without a backup.
     
  20. ToddOfThunder

    ToddOfThunder

    Feb 9, 2016
    Ok Chucky, what venue are playing there?
     

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