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#2
theyre bad, real bad, prepare to hear that alot
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#3
the tone itself is ok, but the way the T-Bird was built is just shameful. The neck is incredibly heavy, you have to support the weight with your fretting hand (which can be a nuisance on stage) and if you do not support it's weight, the neck literally does a nose dive which can damage the bass's neck when it hits the ground.

In short, unless you REALLY love a T-Bird's tone, I'd seriously recommend a different bass.
#4
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the tone itself is ok, but the way the T-Bird was built is just shameful. The neck is incredibly heavy, you have to support the weight with your fretting hand (which can be a nuisance on stage) and if you do not support it's weight, the neck literally does a nose dive which can damage the bass's neck when it hits the ground.

In short, unless you REALLY love a T-Bird's tone, I'd seriously recommend a different bass.


+1

Pretty much gives you that classic rock tone...and thats about it.
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#5
i actually like heavy necks.. i have a les paul model guitar that has a rather heavy neck compared to my fenders...and i have gotten used to supporting it from that side... i prefer that neck over the fenders to be honest..

but how is the tone.. i never played one. i imagine they sound thicker because of the humbuckers.
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+1

Pretty much gives you that classic rock tone...and thats about it.


just about every 'classic rock' band uses fenders
#7
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just about every 'classic rock' band uses fenders


you could say that, i was saying it gives you that kind of tone. Even a P-bass is more versatile.

someone who's properly played one will elaborate
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#8
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i actually like heavy necks.. i have a les paul model guitar that has a rather heavy neck compared to my fenders...and i have gotten used to supporting it from that side... i prefer that neck over the fenders to be honest..

but how is the tone.. i never played one. i imagine they sound thicker because of the humbuckers.


here we go, dont defend a basses flaws bcoz u like it, unless u actually like the heavy neck but thats a rare thing to like, secondly i bought an epi sg bass coz i liked it.... i now hate it, also i used to dislike fender basses too but since then ive grown to love them coz they really are great, and they are the common choice of rock bands for a reason
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#9
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just about every 'classic rock' band uses fenders


He means they give a very old fashioned, bland tone. None of the punch or growl of many modern basses.

The tone a Tbird is often described as muddy and/or bland. Really, it is not a great tone, let alone that for the price tag. Remember, these are minihumbuckers, not humbuckers. The tone is very different.

And be neck heavy, we mean that if you let go a of a Tbird, the neck will crash into the ground unless you wear it high enough/are tall enough so that it cannot physically reach the ground.

If you have never played one, how can you say you prefer the neck to that of the Fenders?

The Gibson version is so poorly designed, and the tone not nearly good enough to warrent anywhere near the price tag.

The Epiphone version has such bad physical flaws (neck dive, poor fret access etc) that it would make life hell for someone new to bass.
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#11
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here we go, dont defend a basses flaws bcoz u like it, unless u actually like the heavy neck but thats a rare thing to like, secondly i bought an epi sg bass coz i liked it.... i now hate it, also i used to dislike fender basses too but since then ive grown to love them coz they really are great, and they are the common choice of rock bands for a reason


no i DO like heavy necks... and i have a fender J bass. but I was going to look for something else... something cheap and different.
#12
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He means they give a very old fashioned, bland tone. None of the punch or growl of many modern basses.

The tone a Tbird is often described as muddy and/or bland. Really, it is not a great tone, let alone that for the price tag. Remember, these are minihumbuckers, not humbuckers. The tone is very different.

And be neck heavy, we mean that if you let go a of a Tbird, the neck will crash into the ground unless you wear it high enough/are tall enough so that it cannot physically reach the ground.

If you have never played one, how can you say you prefer the neck to that of the Fenders?

The Gibson version is so poorly designed, and the tone not nearly good enough to warrent anywhere near the price tag.

The Epiphone version has such bad physical flaws (neck dive, poor fret access etc) that it would make life hell for someone new to bass.



thankyou


edit: on the neck thing, i can't see anyone that'd love having to fight to keep their bass upright. hell, my 6 string was pretty level and if it had a heavy neck it'd be impossible to play!
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If you have never played one, how can you say you prefer the neck to that of the Fenders?



i was comparing my electric guitars. i was comparing my epiphone to my fenders
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#14
The only plus is the fact its only £160! (on GAK anyway) But its such an awful bass, I tried one out and was astonished at how horrible it was, but I see how come people could like its tone, a bland tone could be a benefit for some people... I guess.
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#15
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i was talking about my electric guitars..


So how would this apply to the bass in any way at all?
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#16
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So how would this apply to the bass in any way at all?


because one of my guitars has a heavy neck... and i prefer that neck over the rest of them. so maybe i will like a thunderbird neck
#18
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Hell theres a huge Thunderbird thread a page or so back
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#19
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Hell theres a huge Thunderbird thread a page or so back

I remember that....

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#20
I played a Gibson Thunderbird about a week ago, it is the worst of all Gibson basses, even the Epiphone EB's are better, but pretty much all Gibson/Epiphone basses are crap.
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#21
bad bass. you can't access the higher frets, the only thing it sounds good at is roots, and if you are playing roots all the time (I mean ALL the time)
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#22
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and if you are playing roots all the time (I mean ALL the time)
1) I hate you


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#23
Quote by pepsi1187
because one of my guitars has a heavy neck... and i prefer that neck over the rest of them. so maybe i will like a thunderbird neck


We're not talking about the shape of the neck here. We're talking about the WEIGHT. I don't see why you would like an instrument that you would HAVE to hold up to stop from falling.

Oh yeah, this should go the the Thunderbird thread.
#25
yeah i got a epiphone thunder bird goth, i pretty much regret buyin it, its neck is way to heavy, and its nearly impossible to play the hight frets when your standing up, you havre to support the neck and thats really hard to do when you have your playing near the 12-20 frets. it has a good feel to it thats the only thing it really has going for it. my first bass a squier p-bass that i payed a whole lot less makes about the same tone as the thunder bird
#26
People usually hate their tone, but love their looks, but this only good looking thunderbird I've ever seen...

Slap a bass, not a ho.
#27
i love my thunderbird, its a great weight for me and it doesn't mater if it falls. cause im like 6'3. the neck weight is just fine for me because it actrully fells lighter to me then it actrully is
#28
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i love my thunderbird, its a great weight for me and it doesn't mater if it falls. cause im like 6'3. the neck weight is just fine for me because it actrully fells lighter to me then it actrully is

your spelling and opinion appall me.

even if you're tall, why would a bass be OK for falling down? it makes you work more for the same bland tone. and how does the neck weight make it feel lighter?
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#29
It's hated on this forum, perhaps for good reason. Admittedly if there is one good thing about it, it's the looks, but even that's down to opinion. Not a musicians bass, by any means, but if you just want to strum root notes and look "cool" on stage, be my guest. if you actually want something with good tone in roughly the same price range, get a fender jazz or an entry level warwick, it'll serve you far better.
#30
Quote by pepsi1187
i actually like heavy necks.. i have a les paul model guitar that has a rather heavy neck compared to my fenders...and i have gotten used to supporting it from that side

but neck is not just hevier, but unbalanced, in a les paul guitar you dont have to keep the neck from falling, in a tbird bass you have to keep your hand on the neck or it will fall really bad
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#32
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Anyone think there should just be a sticky that says "Don't get a thunderbird"?


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#33
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If they don't use the search bar, they won't read the stickies.

But at least stickies are on the top of the page all the time. They don't have to read it, because "DON'T GET A THUNDERBIRD!!!!!111!!11ONE!ELEVEN111!" would be the title. They could then venture into the thread if they wanted reasons why not to get one.
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#34
I still have my thunderbird but I just recently got a Traben.

Even though I was a t-bird supporter here, I must say that the Traben pretty much is better in every way!
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#35
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But at least stickies are on the top of the page all the time. They don't have to read it, because "DON'T GET A THUNDERBIRD!!!!!111!!11ONE!ELEVEN111!" would be the title. They could then venture into the thread if they wanted reasons why not to get one.


But could you imagine all the threads titled: "I red the sticky but y no t-bird. lolz."
#37
How long must this dead horse be beaten until it turns to dust.
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#39
Seriously guys. We get it. The forum doesn't like Thunderbirds.
#40
I'm not sure why the t-bird gets so much hate here, but whatever. People are still buying t-birds and gibson keeps making them so they must be doing something right.

Anyways.

Yes its neck heavy. It will hit the ground if you let go, get over it. Yes it's tone is more restricted than a p-bass. Maybe thats why you're not buying a p-bass.

Yes lots of people buy it for its looks, as they do with alot of guitars and basses.

Bottom line, its a bass, it has its faults, and you're probably still going to buy it even though everyone on this forum is telling you not to. Congratulations, you're not a drone and can make your own decisions.
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