Thunderbird Club

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


  1. Bassmike62

    Bassmike62 Punch'n Ooomph Supporting Member

    I shake the earth.... like dat.
     
  2. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    Never had any RF interference or hum in any of my birds on any settings.

    I once did have some hum and static interference noise coming out of my amp when I was playing a bird, but I quickly realized I had placed my cell phone too close to the amp. Funny thing was, that you could hear a clicking noise coming from the amp just before the phone would ring.

    If you haven't already done so, make sure your cell phone is no where near your amp, bass or cables. Other than that, you might have a grounding issue with your bass. Also, try a different cable, they do sometimes go bad.
     
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  3. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    Not that I’ve ever noticed.
     
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  4. MCF

    MCF

    Sep 1, 2014
    US
    You can remedy that. If it’s still there, there’s that nice Ebony VP in the classifieds for $600, case and shipping included.
     
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  5. 69'Vette

    69'Vette

    Jan 28, 2003
    Provo, UT
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  6. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Ap
    What kind of amp was it?
     
  7. KaraQ

    KaraQ

    Apr 19, 2020
    Sacramento, CA
    Thanks for the help! :thumbsup:

    Still looking into it, was less late last night, than in the afternoon - but still noticeable.

    I just got it out of its case yesterday, after about a 3-week "rest". Same strings (DR neon reds), same settings (v1=10, v2=~7.5, t=~8), but I did check both. Checked w/ 2 cables, & when that didn't change anything, I tried a couple of other basses (even a non-Thunderbird :jawdrop: ).

    It does seem to be environmental, I can move the VP around in different places/positions & the hum gets less/worse. Lowering volume, especially on v1/neck pickup makes a difference (obviously), and using either overdrive makes it more noticeable.

    But none of my other basses are doing this, and this one wasn't doing it previously.


    Guess I just wanted to check if it was a feature, before I started looking for bugs ;)
     
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  8. The back of the headstocks all appear to have the correct stampings for American made Gibsons.
     
  9. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    IIRC it was my Musicman HD150 bass amp. I had set my cell phone down on top of the amp while I was practicing. It was either that amp or my Fender SuperReverb guitar amp. It was years ago, so details are a bit fuzzy. If it's important I could probably recreate it, but Kara didn't mention anything about her cell phone location so probably won't help her much.
     
  10. Mvf

    Mvf

    Feb 1, 2015
    Espoo, Finland
    I’d say they are all US Gibsons. The stamp on the back of the headstock looks right, and the Orvilles and the vintage Japanese Epis had the output in the ”correct” position (= on the front of the body). These all have the output in the ”modern” Gibson position.
     
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  11. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    Not that I’ve noticed.
     
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  12. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    And you’d need to grow your hair (back?) out
     
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  13. Miles_ONeal

    Miles_ONeal Wrangler of Raucous Thunder Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2017
    Round Rock, TX
    I took the Peter Pan Pledge.
     
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  15. Chucky Stiletti

    Chucky Stiletti Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2017
    Santa Cruz, CA
    nah no need, just checking and you verified my suspicion of both being tube amps...
     
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  16. dagrev

    dagrev Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Kentucky
    Knee problems? Copperfit Spandex pants. Problem solved. No pics necessary.:D

    (I don't actually think they make them. But if they did, it may cause other problems in addition to groupies going wild.)
     
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  17. dagrev

    dagrev Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Kentucky
    This does seem to be a downside of tubes. I've noticed a few times the tubes(?) seem to act like little antenna. Even picked up radio stations in some locations.

    My technical explanation is the same as to why tube amps are louder. The sound gets in the tubes and reverberates around and amplifies the sound, or the interference in this case. I'm sure you and Miles have a different way of explaining this!*

    *This is not to be taken seriously.
     
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  18. KaraQ

    KaraQ

    Apr 19, 2020
    Sacramento, CA

    I had totally forgotten about that band! But I recognized the riff immediately....
    (Headbanger's Ball ftw - I miss that show :( )
     
  19. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Our 'crowd' don't move too good either.
     
  20. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Lotta hard rock/metal bands cut their hair. I've mostly lost mine.
     
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