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Gibson Thunderbird 2021

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1 hour ago, NancyJohnson said:

I find the shape very comfortable, standing or sitting. Necks vary, my white one had the skinniest neck of any bass I've ever played.

Likewise!

1 hour ago, NancyJohnson said:

I've always gone through some kind of processing, I like a bit of grit/dirt and through a Sansamp RBI/RPM/BDDI, for me it was dreamy, almost Rickenbacker-esque.

I think a T-bird and a Ric both really benefit from the sound of an amp, at least for the classic sounds expected of them. For balance, I do use the T-bird with a pop artiste as clean as a whistle due to its big bassiness, and I have used a Ric sparkling clean for various covers bands, but both basses fall into their typical (stereotypical?) territory when a bit of ampy shaping and dirt is added.

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I just saw that pic too....

So it's true?! Well, Gibson must have handed over a pretty penny in royalties to persuade Gene to play that on NYE!

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Just now, cetera said:

I just saw that pic too....

So it's true?! Well, Gibson must have handed over a pretty penny in royalties to persuade Gene to play that on NYE!

I just saw it too.  I don't know how I feel about it to be honest; yep, I know he used a Thunderbird about 40 years ago (albeit briefly/on and off), but [you] really don't know what the Gibson mindset is here, whether they feel they're bringing him back into the fold or whether they believe that there's going to be hundreds of bassists queueing up to buy one if it went into production.

That said, the guys in the know at LBO are claiming this isn't anything to do with whatever Gibson are planning for the model in 2021.  Phew!

 

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2 hours ago, cetera said:

I just saw that pic too....

So it's true?! Well, Gibson must have handed over a pretty penny in royalties to persuade Gene to play that on NYE!

Assuming they release the Simmons Sig commercially it's a pretty sound investment.

Kiss have a proven track record of selling high priced merch items to their fans. (That's not a criticism, just an observation).

There will be non- bass playing Kiss fans who will quite happily hand over their money for a Simmons sig bass, especially if it's some kind of imited edition.

I imagine they'll sell a few to actual bass players as well.

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12 minutes ago, James Nada said:

The KISS nerd in me always liked the aesthetic Gene using a Thunderbird in the 70s

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Yep, purely a backup bass to his main Spector SB1 Custom in 1977/1978. EBO pickup in the neck.....Check out Christine Sixteen on the Largo 78 show on Youtube to see it in action....

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Well, Gibson, you had the chance to make 2021 special, but alas no.  There really is nothing like not listening to your customer base.

So what's bass highlight?  Sorry, lowlight?  A chromed up, Non-fecking-Reverse reissue in a few dandy colours with a three-point bridge.  Sheesh.  Man alive, what a treat.

No Thunderbird II, no two part bridges.  No Grabber or Ripper (these will probably arrive with Gene Simmons' face on them, I suppose).  Ack.

Basses aside, no sign of a 50s spec double-cut Les Paul Junior, either.

Anyhoo, what a treat.  At least I have a minty Hamer arriving in a couple of days.

 

 

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Sorry NJ, I think the non-reverse is awesome! 😄

I've no work and a bass build on the go, but there would have been a time when I'd have wet my pants over a NR in Pelham Blue!

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3 minutes ago, NancyJohnson said:

They did a Pelham Blue NR about five years ago, with black hardware/pickups.

This is better to be fair

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29 minutes ago, howdenspur said:

But that bridge...why?

Quite. Epiphone manage to fit a Tune-o-matic to a T-bird, not sure why Gibson find this so difficult.

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2 hours ago, NancyJohnson said:

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There is quite literally nothing I even remotely like about that. 

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Just now, Rich said:

There is quite literally nothing I even remotely like about that. 

Really? 
 

colour is nice.

chrome pickups are cool.

it’s a bass.

 

theres 3

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With a different bridge and in tobacco burst or black I'd be all over that. As it is..... nah....

Here's hoping Epiphone do a Vintage Pro version with my above spec...

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On 23/12/2020 at 12:46, AndyTravis said:

Looks like a 1990’s Jackson/Charvel Thunderbird 

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I want one of those so badly 😍

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On 25/01/2021 at 18:06, AndyTravis said:

The 3 colours.

 

No.

No.

Hell no.

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10 minutes ago, Rich said:

No.

No.

Hell no.

I like them all.

but still...me and a NR thunderbird...really doesn’t work.A02F86FF-D1E2-4B28-91C6-8F302BF1318C.thumb.jpeg.14ab2445aea363bcfb3360f434549f62.jpeg

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