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Thunderbird Woes

Post by danelectro » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:55 pm

So as most people know T-birds are very badly balanced :(. Been saving for ages now to buy one and found out its ALOT worse than I thought. A bit heart breaking when your 17 working at pizza hut trying to get a decent bass.

Just wondering if anyone knows any good fixes for this problem?

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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by Pstewart » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:51 pm

Usually the solutions would be;
Get a big leather strap which won't slip off your shoulder
Reposition the stap button to find somewhere which will make it balance better
Add some weight to the body through things like sinkers and whatnot blutacked into the cavity.

That's in order of most likely - least likely to want to do for.
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by danelectro » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:01 pm

Its not an issue of falling off my shoulder, the head just wants to hit the floor all the time :)

After that comment though, and looking at the gat, I don't think it would need much and i'm thinking maybe just a small weight attached to the low end of the strap? Any thoughts?
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by john » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:29 pm

i know i shouldn't say this but i cant help myself . get a headless neck :P
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by Dan » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:28 pm

Did you try it out before buying? Or just buy for the look of it :P

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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by joppo » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:37 pm

:twisted: Couldn't help myself either.... A solution from the Emirates Team NZ Workshop?
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Post by BrendonM » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:56 pm

Ross the bassist for Hamilton Band 'Next of Kin' uses Thunderbirds and he has moved his rear strap button higher. It seems to work for him. I tried it on last week and it sat down by my knees. He is a true rock bassist if ever I met one, Nikki Sixx would be proud. I have tried Thunderbirds but am not quite worthy of playing them yet... ...I would love to try a 5 string model.
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by john » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:52 pm

BrendonM wrote:Ross the bassist for Hamilton Band 'Next of Kin' .
i used to be in a covers band with the same name about ten years ago. was pretty bad :oops:
good to see you back brendon

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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by danelectro » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:27 pm

I really think it would mess up the look of the guitar moving that strap button. Anyone thoughts about moving the top one behind the neck? Of course I tried it :P I was just too in awe at the time to think about the tiny downfalls... I'm sure everyone here knows what that feels like :)
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by danelectro » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:28 pm

joppo wrote::twisted: Couldn't help myself either.... A solution from the Emirates Team NZ Workshop?
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TBH I am VERY impressed with your effort :D
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by beagle » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:53 am

lol nice one Joppo :lol:
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by Pstewart » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:39 pm

danelectro wrote:Its not an issue of falling off my shoulder, the head just wants to hit the floor all the time :)
No i don't mean it popping off to the side, i mean when the head want to go south if you've got a grippy strap it won't move.
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by danelectro » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:32 pm

Pstewart wrote:
danelectro wrote:Its not an issue of falling off my shoulder, the head just wants to hit the floor all the time :)
No i don't mean it popping off to the side, i mean when the head want to go south if you've got a grippy strap it won't move.
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by beagle » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:39 pm

danelectro wrote:
Pstewart wrote:
danelectro wrote:Its not an issue of falling off my shoulder, the head just wants to hit the floor all the time :)
No i don't mean it popping off to the side, i mean when the head want to go south if you've got a grippy strap it won't move.
In my latex one piece? I don't think so sir
:lol: oh that was funny! Maybe viagra will keep your thunderbird up? :lol:
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Post by Pstewart » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:02 pm

danelectro wrote:
Pstewart wrote:
danelectro wrote:Its not an issue of falling off my shoulder, the head just wants to hit the floor all the time :)
No i don't mean it popping off to the side, i mean when the head want to go south if you've got a grippy strap it won't move.
In my latex one piece? I don't think so sir
HAHAHA I should've guessed considering you play a thunderbird :P.
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