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Thunderbird Club

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


  1. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    I have a Greco with the three point and claw set up. And although I really really love the bass, the three point with claw combo is not a good technical design. Recall that the three point on a Gibby or Eppi slides into the body bolts via three open front slots, then the strings hook into the rear of the bridge with string tension keeping everything in place.

    Not the case with the Greco. It's designed exactly like the Gibby three point, so it's slides into place nicely on the body bolts. The problem is the strings are hooked into the claw, so nothing is keeping the three point bridge from sliding backwards off of the studs except friction from the downward force of the strings. Consequently, whenever I go to play this bass I have to double check that the bridge is still fully in it's forward position and hasn't slipped back any (which it has on a couple of occasions).

    So either go with the three point and forget the claw, or go with a two piece bridge like the VP has. That's my advice.
     
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  2. dagrev

    dagrev Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Kentucky
    That was one of the main reasons that I bought the first VP. Well I like taking the 64 out and playing it, I do realize that every time it leaves the house there is a risk associated with it. With a VP, I get a very similar sound and I don't have to worry if somebody runs off with it or it gets knocked over and broken. I can live with replacing a VP. The 64 can't be replaced unless Geddy is willing to give one up, and I probably can't afford his price.
     
  3. dagrev

    dagrev Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Kentucky
    From a woodworking perspective that actually makes perfect sense. Perfect break or a clean break actually minimizes the amount of glueable surface space, whereas a not so pretty break gives you a lot more glueable surface. Then there's all those little angles that will help add to the strength as well.
     
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  4. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O)))) Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
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  5. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    exactly....he was working (adding rods) to a customer’s “Larry Carlton” ES-335 whose owner’s literally broke out in tears when his Roomba knocked it over...
     
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  6. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    Well, like I said, just spitballin’....if that’s the case, it is a dumb idea. Someone needs to put a Badbird VP Edition, with an additional 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of width, into production. I’d buy a few...
     
  7. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
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  8. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    Oh god, no. While I like the Roomba (it’s an essential tool with three dogs), any basses in stands are well away from it.
     
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  9. davelowell2

    davelowell2 Uhh... FaFaFooey is BaBaBooey... Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    NYC via StL
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  11. Roombas are also great for getting videos like this.

     
  12. dagrev

    dagrev Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Kentucky
    :eek: Dead Roomba! Seems it's always something silly like that and often unexpected.

    It's always easier to blame an inanimate object than ourselves! We humans are skilled blame shifters.
     
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  13. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    I love the color of that shark.
     
  14. Blue Shark. I was face-to-face with some once.

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  15. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
  16. dagrev

    dagrev Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Kentucky
    Might make a great looking transparent finish on a Thunderbird.:thumbsup:
     
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  17. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    What strings?
     
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  18. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    Where did the part come from?
     
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  19. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    Agreed on adjusting the saddles. The bridge is the one thing on this bass I dislike. Looks great, tho.
     
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  20. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    I read reviews before buying a pedal tuner. I forget who did the comparison that checked pedal accuracy, but the Korg Pitch Black was at the time the most accurate in its price range (as far as I could tell online).
     
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