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Thunderbird - stand and gigbag options?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wengr, Apr 15, 2019 at 11:36 AM.

  1. wengr


    Jul 21, 2010
    Hello. I like my Thunderbird for rock gigs, but the shape does not make it easy. What are the popular options for stage stands and for gigbags that work well with the shape of the Thunderbird?
  2. murmur70


    May 3, 2017
  3. You will get many replies posting in the Thunderbird Club. Gig bags in particular can be a hit or miss with Thunderbirds, depending upon which one you have.

    Thunderbird Club
  4. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    a Hercules and a Gator Transit Series bag.
    Rock on.
  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Hercules stand, as mentioned.
    Gator Pro Go gig bag.
  6. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Ritter makes a Thunderbird gigbag. I had to order mine from Europe, but it was still pretty reasonable. It's a well-built bag that's very stylish, but admittedly the pockets on it are nearly useless.

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  7. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    I use a standard forked stand, but I turn the fork so it cradles the upper body and keeps it from sliding. I'd take a picture if I was home with it, so I'll add it later
  8. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Now that I'm home with it I realized that the main stand I use for home and stage is a standard inexpensive GC one where I replaced the bottom fork with a wall hanger... It's perfect, and the strap button sits right in the middle (the colored tape is just to mark it as mine) > 20190415_133101. 20190415_133053.

    And since my 'standard' forked stand is at the rehearsal space, you'll have to use your imagination on rotating the fork about 75° clockwise so that the forks would be positioned approx where my pinkie & pointer fingers are, essentially cradling the angled upper body, and with the small horseshoe around the neck up top it isn't going anywhere > 20190415_133646.

    ^ it took me about 2 years to figure that position out, but it's not going to slide as if the stand forks were both on the bottom (as they'd be angled about 45° the opposite way.)

    Hopefully all that makes sense without a photo

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