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Thunderbird Club

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


  1. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    I thought I felt a tremor yesterday when I was in Canoga Park....
     
  2. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    Thanks. Could be the store it was in. Maybe someone left snowcone juice or something on the neck. I only have one other guitar with high gloss poly on the neck, a 7ender, and it’s fine. I didn’t study the bridge all that closely, but it sounds promising. Tuners seem to be one way manufacturers are cutting costs, but I couldn’t tell about those. Like I say, I’ll be getting one for sure now that I’ve played one.

    Only seem to get out your way at Christmas; my brother lives in Dos Vientos by Newberry Park. Was close yesterday though. Maybe I can take you up on your offer one of these days, although I’ll likely pull the trigger before I have time to get out there.
     
  3. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Love the R40-used it Tuesday night for concert band rehearsal. Also for the performances. And will be using it for a country club gig Saturday. It's just that the Kasino is sitting there, plugged in, ready to roar as soon as I connect a bass.:)
     
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  4. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    I drove 18 wheelers for 23 years. I have no idea how many times I jumped down from the 4' high floor of the trailer(s). My knees know.:(
     
  5. Seamus55

    Seamus55

    Feb 8, 2017
    I've always liked the look and feel and sound of the T bird but, aren't they neck heavy? Last thing I need to do is wrestle with my bass .
     
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  6. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    yes they have neck dive issues.
     
  7. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    And the myth continues.:banghead:
     
  8. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    They have to be slung lower than many basses. Do that and you'll love it(see pic in avatar)
     
  9. ...and use a grippy strap in the 3" width range.
     
  10. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    not a myth on my basses. and yes if slung low and played with a pick it is more of a non issue. I dont do either. also non reverse is much better.....
     
  11. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Salami. Horse makes for good salami. I found that out while living in Norway. Horse salami sandwiches became a staple, since I didn't have refrigeration where I was staying.
     
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  12. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Looking great! Is there any significance to the fact that you are between two women and in front of a dumpster in the picture? Just gotta ask because it's the kind of question that has to be asked around here.

    I have been told by a 70 year old colleague that spending time in the gym and being healthy in your 50s means you won't hate yourself in your 60s. I'm less than a year behind you, and hope to be able to rock to the finish line as well.
     
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  13. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    We had a name for all cold cuts in the Navy. First word was"horse"..........:whistle:
     
  14. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Whippersnappers! Hmph!(GOF sound) 74 in August.
     
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  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I have not had any issues with neck dive from Thunderbirds with the exception of bolt-on Epiphones. That issue gets solved by moving the upper pin to the heel of the neck. I find that they balance where you put them, unlike other bass shapes that won't let you rotate the neck up. The most neck dive I get from a bass guitar is my Precision, ironically enough. I had a Ric that wanted to be horizontal all the time. No neck dive, but it wouldn't let me move the neck up at all, either. As I understand it, there are Thunderbirds that dive badly. I just haven't played one yet.

    My understanding is that a '76, like the one I assume your signature mentions, has the pin on the vestigial upper bout and also has a larger headstock. I'm sure it has some neck dive, especially if the pin is not at the heel of the neck.
     
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  16. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I find that I wrestle with Thunderbirds less than other bass guitars. They work well for some people, not others. Try one and if it chooses you, you will know.
     
  17. Furutan

    Furutan

    Sep 5, 2018
    That is a big change in hue. It gives it a color that screams vintage and is not a color that Gibson would match in some sort of vintage reissue. This reminds me of a batch of Gibson silverbursts. Most of them retained their color but one batch yellowed really badly, with a result that did not look anything as nice as yours. Because of the metallic paint, they turned into pissbursts.
     
  18. Kriegs

    Kriegs Peace

    Feb 14, 2018
    MA/ RI area
    Never had a problem with mine :thumbsup:
     
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  19. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    I just realized, if I got Inverness Green it would(almost)match my Aerostar. 0425180857-00. Then I'd only hafta repaint My Safari 1003181143-00. Sunburst to match my 67 NR:smug:
     
  20. Inky13

    Inky13

    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    Because even God can’t hit a 2 iron.
     

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