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Thunderbird Club

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


  1. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    something like that... :D
     
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  2. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird Supporting Member

    :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: I know, i've been slacking.
     
  3. What bass is that?
     
  4. Love it, including the bass tone.Picks me up and moves me around!
     
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  5. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    A fantastic looking bass (you have some of the neatest builds and finishes) that sounds equally fantastic in that mix. It's just the right balance of punch and bass to bring the Teiscobird forward in the mix without walking over others. Well done! Cool song also.

    It's fun to experiment and try different sounds on different tracks to see what works best. All the Darkstar pups I've used leaned a bit towards the bright and crisp clear end of the bass range, so I wouldn't have thought to use them in a contemporary surf rock type setting, but your sound clip has got me wondering what the Teiscobird (which sounds very close to my FrankenGoth) would sound like in that genre, it might be an interesting fit, maybe even with a bit of reverb thrown in.

    Thanks for posting!
     
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  6. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Saundersbird - Epi body/late 80's Saunders (P) neck/Fender-Kubicki Factor 9v pre/Wilkinson buckers/Hipshot bridge/brass nut/late 80's small plate-big clover Fender tuners
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  7. Cool! I asked because of the string-through ferrules. You added those?
     
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  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    :) Thanks! I use it in my band The Sean Conneries which plays many genre's of music, including a couple surf songs. Here's another of the new songs in which I play the lead baritone part through a Boss TR-2 Tremolo pedal. With the Darkstars, using 500k pots and a .047 combined with where to pu is positioned give it access to a full range of highs and lows. Have we seen your "FrankenGoth?"

    I just took this which has a couple alterations since the other pic. (repositioned knobs and HS drop D tuner, tr badge... and sticker!)

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  9. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    apparently those Saunders are hard to come by in this country. where are they from?
     
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  10. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Yes, an option that can be done with that bridge.
     
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  11. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Yep, all the way at the other end, but just as equally outstanding! Lush overdrive slathered across the entire song with gobs of creamy goodness. No ear piercing guitar solos or vocal track to distract from the wall of overdriven sound! I like it, a lot!
     
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  12. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Saunders was an early (late 80's) independent builder who produced a bass called The Concord (1 & 2 pu variety) but folded pretty quickly. I've yet to see the whole bass but a couple of his NOS necks ended up on eBay. I got this one for $75 and when another came up I was out-bid. (a little over $100) The neck was sub-contracted to the Fender Custom Shop, which had just been established in the late 80's. It's really high quality as would be expected. The maple figuring is pretty crazy.

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    More recently had HS convert the E tuner to drop D
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  13. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Nailed it! Love the trem and baritone focus. Very well played!

    And yes, that's almost exactly the same sound as my FrankenGoth, very much in the baritone guitar range with the coils split but equally able to deliver a huge deep wooly overdriven bassline in Humbucker mode. It wasn't at all what I expected when putting it together from various parts but it sure delivers the goods.

    Traditionally I've not really focused much of my playing time in the baritone guitar range, I've always focused on the deeper darker more seedy side of town but this build just sounds so musical I'm trying to find the right niche for it. I've already written about it a couple of times on this thread so I don't want to belabor the point, but in essence it's a stock Goth bass with Bart Humbuckers, an Aggie preamp and unique coil switching and string selection.

    Maybe next time I'm down your way I'll drop it off with you for a few months and you can noodle around on it. It just has a very unique tonal range that I've not run across in many other basses. Heck, might even be a good candidate for a unique black ice type Gildaxe finish. ;)
     
  14. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Composition by Tom Dimuzio - love when it goes to the A-C-D-C part!
     
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  15. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Wow, that would be awesome GBN! I'd love to meet you and play/hear that bass! You could test drive a few others of mine in the process! I've wanted to try a trans-black over silver-leaf finish for a while now - a T-bird would be the perfect platform for that look!

    My (passive) Glam P/J also favors 'lead' voicing due to it's heavily chambered body and bridge internal anchoring. Still offers nice fat bass but really sounds good in the higher register.
     
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  16. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    thanks. my bad, I was confusing them with these..
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  17. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird Supporting Member

    Finally listened to this through some headphones. This is awesome. Had no idea you did material on the heavy side of things. Love this!!!!
     
  18. I love that bridge. It would look so good on a Thunderbird.
     
  19. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    :) Thanks man. I loved it while it lasted. It was a short lived due to a split in concept. Tom and I were in one camp and the other guitarist and drummer were in the other. We recorded a few songs and never played live, as was initially our plan. Here's my composition - Dialator. My 'direction' to the guys was to channel the ocean. I used a click track to stay static, like a ship in a squall. The other is Toms beautiful song Strumpet. (played on a Moog guitar) I used my fretless Factorbird on it. Tom nearly died last year if not for emergency surgery that was successful - be good to the ones you cherish - life is short.



     
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  20. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    always thought Purple would have sounded MUCH better with a T-Bird...
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