Thunderbird players...lend me your ears a minute...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by A. D. Fairhurst, May 1, 2018.

  1. Recently I have been listening to a lot of System of a Down and found out that Shavo Odadjian used a 1966 non-reverse bird on their first three albums. However, only grainy video footage of this bass can be found and for the life of me I cannot tell whether it’s a single pickup II model, or double pickup IV model. That’s why I was hoping an experienced thunderbird player could have a listen to these isolated bass tracks and tell me whether it sounds more like a single, or double pickup sound.

    Here are is a screenshot of the bass in question, but given that the lighting is low, the bass is black, and his picking hand is in the way, I can’t tell whether there is a bridge pickup or not.
  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Hard to say, looks like a Thunderbird II
  3. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Abuser of Thunderbird Shaped Objects. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona

    In this video at the 1:13 mark looks like a Thunderbird II to me.
  4. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    II in the photo and vid -- deffo.
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  5. GonePlaid

    GonePlaid "It needs a bridge cover" Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Southeast FL
    Yep! That's what it is.:thumbsup:
    Gaolee, hillerup and Nocturnal like this.
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