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Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:55 pm
by danelectro
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?

Thanks,
Jack

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:51 pm
by Pstewart
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.

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:01 pm
by danelectro
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?

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:29 pm
by john
i know i shouldn't say this but i cant help myself . get a headless neck :P
eh foal

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:28 pm
by Dan
Did you try it out before buying? Or just buy for the look of it :P

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:37 pm
by joppo
:twisted: Couldn't help myself either.... A solution from the Emirates Team NZ Workshop?
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Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:56 pm
by BrendonM
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.

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:52 pm
by john
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

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:27 pm
by danelectro
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 :)

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:28 pm
by danelectro
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

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:53 am
by beagle
lol nice one Joppo :lol:

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:39 pm
by Pstewart
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.

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:32 pm
by danelectro
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

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:39 pm
by beagle
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:

Re: Thunderbird Woes

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:02 pm
by Pstewart
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.
Beagle why must you bring back the viagra?