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Yeeeaaaaahhhhh.... New Bass for Me!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pmkelly, Sep 22, 2001.


  1. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    It must be a good day, I keep reading posts about others getting new basses today, and I still can't believe AllodoX traded his Ibanez for a J... but anyway...

    I was wandering around the Musicians Friend in KC, and I spotted and Epiphone Thunderbird... normally I wouldn't even think about it, until I saw the price tag. 179, and the store was having a sale with 10% off... So I got it for like 161$ and some change:D It is brand new, some weird inventory reduction they were having. I also got an SKB case for 35$ for my Geddy Lee. I just can't pass deals like that up!

    I got home with it, and was shocked... it sounded pretty good at the store, and I was really only getting it to have fun with it, nothing really serious. But when I got it home and ran it though my stuff, I was really surprised by how good it sounded! It plays pretty well, without any setup by me, and I have always liked the way they looked.

    It really has a lot of umph behind the sound, really has some meat to the tone... I may like it so much because I am used to my Jazz tone, however, this will be a nice diversion for me. I just wish the balance were better, the neck immediately wants to dive...


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  2. Thunderbirds rule !
    the model is really pretty, and from what i've heard by a Dutch band called " Gorefest ", the Thunderbird sounds very sweet too ( Gorefest's bassplayer has one )
     
  3. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Gorefest? That name rocks.... I have got to check out that band......




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  4. the first albums are death-metal, but the last 2 albums, ' Soul survivor ' and ' chapter 13 ' are sort of 70's rock but with a very distinct metal-sound in it. very nice music imho..

    if you want them.. i can send you some mp3's...
     
  5. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    thanks, I would appreciate that! I like hearing new music, especially from different parts of the world...
     
  6. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    gorefest were a really good band!! where the hell are now? i love the chaplter 13 album and when i bought my thunderbird (gibson) i was influenced by the sound of bass player and singer jan chris. gibson thunderbird is the true and only beast!!! unluckly i have to sold mine due to lack of money, damn university taxes!! but in the future i'll hope to have a thunderbird again, i love that animal sounding rock bass!!
     
  7. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    barroso,
    Was your Gibson tbird really neck heavy? That is the one thing that bugs me about mine, I really want to get a lot of use from it, but the balance really drives me nuts....


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  8. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    The Thunderbirds, regardless of brand, were always known for being very, very neck heavy, because of the lack of an upper horn. Pain, isn't it?
     
  9. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    the thunderbird is not an heavy bass. spectors are heavy. the thunderbird is unbalanced due to the extra long headstock. you have to find a "high grip" strap. the absence of the upper horn let tha bass slip a little. i found confortable playing it with my right arm on the back of the bass body. it's not the best bass ergonomically, but if you take a moment to understand how to play it, it's not so uncorfortable as they said.
    enjoy the beast!
     
  10. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    well, sitting with it, I haven't a single complaint... It sounds great, and it really plays well... I am toying with the idea of drilling through the body and putting ferrules on the back to string it through the body... but standing with it will really take some work. I would love to use this thing live, but I may have to put some work into getting it to a point where that will work... But I really dig this bass! If I had known this bass was this cool, I would have gotten one a while ago...


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  11. T-birdfan

    T-birdfan

    Jan 29, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    I've found with my thunderbird that if I wear it high up on the chest it doesn't dive as much, but not every one finds it comfortable to play like that, and most people that pick one up want it for rock and like to play it at the waist with a pick. If this is you, start doing arm curls now, because your going to need a strong left arm for long gigs.