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Thunderbird P Sound

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Evilyn42, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Evilyn42


    Jun 6, 2018
    Alright y'all, I've got a bit of a dilemma here: by far, the bass that feels the best for me to play is a 2004 Epiphone Goth Thunderbird. I love the thin C-neck, weirdly in love with the high action necessitated by the 3 point bridge, the thing's just comfortable for me.

    However, the best sounding bass I have is a self-built (from parts) P-J with two quarter pounders. I just hate playing the thing. The neck is a baseball bat, I can't get the action quite right, and as soon as I fix one issue, another pops up. I've tried to force it on myself for months now, cause it sounds great, but I've given up at this point.

    So in a sort of last ditch effort before I try something really out there, I was wondering: is there a way I could get my Thunderbird to sound like a P bass (I rarely use the J, or them blended)? I don't wanna go active, or cut holes in the thing.
  2. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    The two basses are very different from one another. I suppose it's possible to blow through several pickups, and maybe even preamps, in your Thunderbird to try to get a P-bass tone. However, there is no guarantee that you will ever find it. If it were me, I would start looking for a third bass that's closer to being "the one". After that, maybe think about throwing the other two in the closet or selling them?

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