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Thunderbird Club

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


  1. Kriegs

    Kriegs Peace

    Feb 14, 2018
    MA/ RI area
    :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
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  2. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    That's how Jaco's "Bass of Doom" ended up in pieces. He told his roadie he would throw it over the amps on a specific side of the stage after a specific song - the roadie waited with open arms as he saw the bass flying over amps on the other side of the stage. Bass of >BOOM<

    177217603_5179238c29. bass-toss aftermath
     
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  3. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    "My right or your right". That's how the Kasino got dropped from waist height. Luckily, all it suffered was a dent in the plywood above the controls.
     
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  4. I saw the Toronto stop (first show). Initially, I said - why do I want to see Maiden now, they are so 80s. But I was convinced that they still bring a great show and that since I stopped listening around 90, they have produced some great music. Right on both accounts. I liked the structure of the show - a martial set, an ecclesiastical set, and finally a horror set.

    WRT stomp boxes on stage - many of the big acts don't seem to be using them now. I recall for GnR, Slash had a single treadle on stage for wah. I also recall an interview with Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper) and she was asked how she managed wah - did she have someone back stage operating a treadle for her - no (although her tech likely would) she uses an envelope filter so that she doesn't need pedals on stage.
     
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  5. I suspect that the changes are not about sound quality, but primarily about tuning and perhaps to a lesser degree feel.
     
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  6. 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 leave my Thunderbirds out at the house all the time, Seattle isn't known for radical changes in humidity. The only time I am careful with the Birds is when I travel, they're the last things into the car and the first out when I get where I'm going. I am careful with them, and did have a bad experience once when I had them inside a hotel room, the house keeping staff opened the doors to the outside while cleaning our room - it was cold outside and the room temp dropped radically and stayed that way for awhile. Upon our return I questioned the maid about it and was upset. When I took my '89 out it did indeed have a bit of upwards bow and was not playable, a trip to Mike Lull solved the issue.

    Contrary to some, the center post of the three point is lower than the out board ones.
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  7. If either of those had been made by Pete Traynor...
     
  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Sometimes it does sound different, like a baritone or a 12 string or a guitar with different tuning, but Tweedy and Nels for sure are hard-core guitar geeks so there's no surprise there. Way before Nels joined Wilco he essentially used one guitar (black '59 Jazzmaster that Watt gave him). That was when he had little money and probably most of what he made went into pedals! With Wilco, more money - more guitars! Tweedy as BL would be a very bad influence for GAS.
     
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  9. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Or if Jaco played a T-40 it would have simply needed to be re-tuned.

    jaco-pastorius-jam-with-the-joker-philippe-taka. not a T-40, but an Ibanez Roadstar
     
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  10. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Hmm. That makes sense!<ETA> if mine was a 3 point, I'd try that.
     
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  11. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Yeah, yer prolly right. Not being a gee-tar player, I don't think of different tunings
     
  12. 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
    Even at R&R volume I can easily tell the difference between various guitars i.e. Angus and Malcom Young, playing Gibson and Gretsch respectively. Strats, even more so, while not my favorite guitar, in the right hands (i.e. Ritchie Blackmore or Robin Trower) it's a great sounding instrument with a unique voice.
     
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  13. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Oddly, the Kasino(they were built like tanks)sounded better after the drop. I did not drop it again to improve it.:rollno:
     
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  14. Bruce Springsteen does that with his 7ender Esquire.
     
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  15. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

     
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  16. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Oh, yeah. Our 2 guitarists have 2-3 guitars each, but only bring one per gig.
    I agree most musicians can tell a difference but most audience members can't, especially if everything is distorted.
     
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  17. Not even different tunings, just getting re-tuned to pitch. Look at a guitar the wrong way and it goes out of tune. But more specifically, non-Floyd Rose whammy bars, strings that hang a hard left or right immediately upon entering the headstock from the nut etc.

    I have also seen bass players switching out instruments between songs - sometimes the instruments look identical, so much like a magician's misdirection, you don't even notice it happened. Again, probably primarily for tuning.
     
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  18. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Yeah, but I'll bet he can afford replacements.:smug:
     
  19. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    The way some o' these guys whack and bend the hell outta the strings, it wouldn't be too much of a shock to see them switch mid-song.
     
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  20. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    yup..
    EAF20F9E-C1C8-4692-8065-0ABD7C8A09AC.
     
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