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#41 User is offline   Gaolee 

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Posted 03 September 2015 - 01:49 PM

My fretless started life as an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV. It shed frets and the preamp, and it works really well for me. It also confuses people who see it and know much of anything about bass guitars, so that's fun, too. It would be great if Gibson would build one at the factory, but I won't hold my breath.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 09:57 AM

 bink, on 22 August 2015 - 09:39 PM, said:

i just recently purchased a 2015 Thunderbird. Without doubt a fine almost incomparable bass; i can barely find words to describe it's beauty and how it feels in my hands and the sound, the sound!.
My first bass was a 63 Thunderbird II which i bought in 73 and had stolen in 77; since then i have had the pleasure of owning some very nice Fender basses and an Ovation magnum but none of
them comes near to my Thunderbird. Enjoy yours and i know you will never part with it, i won't....
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I like the changes Gibson did with the 2015 Thunderbird, over the 2014. Some day I may get another 2015 Thunderbird.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 10:05 AM

I love my Fender Am. Std J. I put a Warmoth birdseye maple neck on it with black binding and black blocks and changed the pups to Rio Grandes. So it really is not a full Fender anymore, just the body.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 10:20 AM

 FZ Fan, on 19 September 2015 - 10:05 AM, said:

I love my Fender Am. Std J. I put a Warmoth birdseye maple neck on it with black binding and black blocks and changed the pups to Rio Grandes. So it really is not a full Fender anymore, just the body.


OH YEAH?,……… Cool! I'd really like to see that one. birdseye maple necks are fantastic looking. [thumbup]
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Posted 04 October 2015 - 10:26 AM

I replaced my Fender Jazzes with Gibson SG. I've come to like the playability of the SG's, and the tones through the amp setup.
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Posted 01 April 2016 - 05:34 PM

If Gibson would make a Fretless,..... Never mind, they're not even making basses in 2016.
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 12:38 PM

 gsgbass, on 01 April 2016 - 05:34 PM, said:

If Gibson would make a Fretless,..... Never mind, they're not even making basses in 2016.

Nice fretless gsg Posted Image.

Man - I looked at the 2016 basses @ Gibson.com and saw only one bass for this year, the $3,500.00 Memphis!!!

It doesn't surprise me though; I've never seen a higher-end Gibson bass at a Gibson dealer music store; guitars yes, basses no. One would think that it would be a lot easier to sell a bass if someone could actually play it, look at it, and hear it. Duh! It's kinda like a car -if you've never seen or driven one, would you buy a new Corvette from a dealer who only had a Chevy Spark in stock? Posted Image

The only reason I have a few Gibsons is that I always wanted a Les Paul bass even though I'd never played or heard one. Years ago I took a chance and got a screaming deal on a LP Std on eBay. Once I got to play it (and fell in love), I bought another, and another... I've owned several Gibsons over the years, and don't play anything else. I'm sure glad I kept some!
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Posted 02 April 2016 - 04:42 PM

 Kelvinator, on 02 April 2016 - 12:38 PM, said:

Nice fretless gsg Posted Image.

Man - I looked at the 2016 basses @ Gibson.com and saw only one bass for this year, the $3,500.00 Memphis!!!

It doesn't surprise me though; I've never seen a higher-end Gibson bass at a Gibson dealer music store; guitars yes, basses no. One would think that it would be a lot easier to sell a bass if someone could actually play it, look at it, and hear it. Duh! It's kinda like a car -if you've never seen or driven one, would you buy a new Corvette from a dealer who only had a Chevy Spark in stock? Posted Image

The only reason I have a few Gibsons is that I always wanted a Les Paul bass even though I'd never played or heard one. Years ago I took a chance and got a screaming deal on a LP Std on eBay. Once I got to play it (and fell in love), I bought another, and another... I've owned several Gibsons over the years, and don't play anything else. I'm sure glad I kept some!


I have no problems with owning Gibson Basses. But some over the years were not in the same quality of the 6 stringers. The $3,500.00 Memphis looks absolutely magnificent in the pics of them I've seen. My 2014 SG Spl. is pretty close to the quality of an SG Std. To my ears, it sounded better than the 2015 SG Std. I had at the same time I had the SG Spl. before selling it, so I went back for the 2014 SG Spl. I go way back to late 1969 with an EB0, so SG Basses aren't new to me. If this 2014 SG Spl. is my last Gibson Bass, then so be it. And they still keep turning out Fenders.
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Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:14 AM

 gsgbass, on 19 September 2015 - 09:57 AM, said:

I like the changes Gibson did with the 2015 Thunderbird, over the 2014. Some day I may get another 2015 Thunderbird.

I have one and plan to keep it. The current flock includes the fretless, a bolt-on Epiphone that's being converted into the thump monster, a 1991 with vintage wound pickups, ashtrays, and the rest of the chrome to make it look more or less vintage, a 2001, and a 2015. It's hard to say which one I like best because they are all so different. Right now, it's a toss-up between the 1991 Gibson and the 2001 Gibson. That's subject to change, though.
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Posted 30 April 2016 - 06:49 AM

I've been thinning the herd over the past couple of years. I'm down to my '01 LP Std., '06 LP Double Cut, the "Swamp Rat" '72 EB3L, and a couple of 32" scale Aria Pro IIs from the early 80s. The EB3L and the LP Std. are my favorites; they play and sound great, but they're both very heavy! By the end of a 4 hour job my old shoulder is feeling it, but the sound is worth the pain. I'll never sell my remaining Gibsons. I still try other basses, but haven't played anything that even comes close to the EB3L or the LP. It's a wonderful thing to be totally satisfied with what you have, and that saves a lot of cash too!Posted Image
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Posted 03 May 2016 - 06:21 PM

I'm set with the three Fender Am. Std.'s. They just seem to be a better fit for me. One Precision, and the two Jazzes. The Fretless is kinda the Ace in the hole, of the three.
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Posted 13 September 2016 - 05:28 PM

Gibson makes great basses. The Thunderbird bass and the old Grabber and Ripper basses are classics. Same with Fender. But, to me it's just hard to beat a Fender Jazz or Precision Bass.
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2014 Fender American Standard 60th Anniversary Stratocaster(sunburst with a maple fingerboard)
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Posted 10 October 2016 - 08:46 PM

I just acquired a Fretless Jazz.
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Posted 07 February 2017 - 09:54 PM

I was holding out for a reissue of an EB-3L. Now I'm locked in on my three Fender Jazzes. Am. Std., USA Geddy Lee, and Spl. Edition White Opal.
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:14 AM

Started playing on a Danelectro Longhorn bought used in 1963...Never got used to Fenders...but I did play a re-issue Telecaster Bass in the '70's...Now my "long scale" basses are 2 '86 Guild Pilots, (one fretless that I'm selling)... along with another Danelectro Longhorn, and my just-bought today 1966 EB 0...still enroute from Texas, and I'm really looking forward to it. It seems to be an earlier '66 before Gibson "improved" it...it's well used, beat up and dinged, much like me and all factory original, and it will have a good home, running through a 2016 Acoustic bass amp with TI jazz flats on it. Posted Image

Added...long ago, I had an Aria Pro- Cat bass...got it for almost nothing, cleaned and set it up, and recorded a radio ad using it...paid for itself! A good sounding cheap bass, seems like many here had one.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 08:20 PM

I sold off the Fenders I had to get back to playing short scale SG Std. basses. The SG shaped body has always been my Achilles Heel for a great looking bass. And now with the amp setup I'm using, the SG Std. really sounds amazing.
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 09:26 PM

My SG Std. with the Ampeg Half Stack. I'm thinking I'm not doing anymore Fender Basses.

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 05:48 AM

All basses clearly sound the same, and since the bassist strapped to is is only ever going to play the 1st and 5th notes I wouldn't have thought it mattered.

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 07:43 AM

A few years back I bought a Fender American Special Bass body and a Warmoth Fretless Neck and assembled the bass with Rio Grande pups and Fender hardware. I am really a guitarist, but without frets it was hard for me to play. Every note I played was sharp or flat.
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Posted 21 December 2017 - 07:45 AM

 Farnsbarns, on 21 December 2017 - 05:48 AM, said:

All basses clearly sound the same, and since the bassist strapped to is is only ever going to play the 1st and 5th notes I wouldn't have thought it mattered.

Fire extinguisher... Check
Flame retardant suit.... Check
Escape route clear.... Check

Yep, I'm actually going to post this. Ready to run.... On three, three....


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