SOLD ThunderJag by JohnK

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by spiritbass, May 21, 2012.

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  1. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    DAS is a harsh taskmaster. :rollno: If you are a fan of 1) a good jazz neck 2) the Jaguar body style 3) killer classic humbucker style and tone or any combination thereof - your bass is at my house! I visualized this instrument, but John did all of the hard work. The custom pick guard fits like a glove (the original un-routed B/W/B pick guard is in like-new condition and will be included). He was impressed with the trueness of the neck before he began fine-tuning it. The Cyclovac (synthetic bone) nut he fabricated is perfection. The frets are level and polished to a beautiful shine. To compliment the CTS pots, he installed a NOS Fender tone cap. The bridge is a Gotoh 203 which has channels for the saddle screws to sit in. We are in agreement that Steve Soars' ('63 spec) Thunderbucker pickups are KILLER. John also fashioned a black spacer to go under the pickup ring on the bridge pickup. Pickups are placed in the same positions as on the Thunderbird IV. This instrument weighs exactlly nine pounds and five ounces. One feature I added is a Redeemer Circuit (a transparent unity-gain preamp), so this bass is active. I haven't taken any pics, but John took some nice ones:




    If you end up being this unique instrument's new owner, you will NOT be dissappointed. Please, no trades as I am only selling to satisfy DAS. No extra charge for the growls and snarls. If I charged extra for the cool-factor, you'd have to have DEEP pockets! $425 shipped in the CONUS.

  2. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    Wow! That is really something!
  3. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    That is gorgeous-i love everything about it. GLWTS!
  4. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I've played this; it's nice.
  5. D.M.N.

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

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Can you talk some more about the pickups? I've never heard of Steve Soars, but I love t-bird pickups. Vintage spec?
  6. jbossolo


    Sep 22, 2011
    Holy crap! That's some serious bass porn right there. GLWS!
  7. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Thanks for the kind words, gentlemen!

    Steve Soars is a musician and engineer as well as ex-bandmate of Carlo Patti of Cataldo Basses (known for his Fenderbird replications). Carlo, with great faith in his buddy, dis-mounted pickups from his vintage '63 and '66 Thunderbirds and sent them to Steve. Steve was so exacting and meticulous in duplicating the originals in every aspect, that when he could not find a satisfactory source for the bobbins, he utilized a 3-D printer for their fabrication. Input "3-D printing" into your favorite search engine and check it out - cool stuff! The only Thunderbird I ever owned was a '62 or 3 Series II (single pickup). To my ears, these pickups sound and behave like the originals.
  8. 707clown


    Apr 9, 2009
    who made the neck and the body im a little confused im clear on the pickups though so i had to ask about the rest of it
  9. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    This instrument began its life as a Squier Vintage Modern Special Humbucker Jaguar...
  10. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    Can't stop looking at this man. Just amazing. A bit heavy for me sadly. =(
  11. maxschrek

    maxschrek Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN.
    Those pickups alone would cost $320 for the pair plus an additional $20 for the ring and whatever for shipping......
    something to consider as this is an excellent deal.

  12. McHaven

    McHaven Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2005
    That's so cool. I need to find some money :(
  13. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    And worth every penny IMO! I think Steve's prices are quite reasonable considering the alternative necessary to acquire equivalent vintage tonal capability. In case you haven't noticed, buying an original Thunderbird these days takes MUCHO coin. I don't rock out like I used to, but I can imagine plugging this beast into an SVT and ripping some Aerosmith or Skynnyrd - oh Yeah! :bassist:

    Walk this way, talk this way...

    Thanks for the bump, brother T :cool:
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