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  1. I have never seen anything like that one. It looks like what would happen if a Thunderbird and an EB-0 had a baby during a Godzilla movie. I like it a lot!
  2. I put those on just about everything. Two on Thunderbirds, one more on a Fenderbird. The 2015 Gibson and 2013 EB came with them already there. I can't say enough good things about them. Too bad they are so expensive.
  3. I doubt Gibson will be moved to China. From what I have read, the only profitable part of Gibson lately is the guitar building operation. Creditors won't want to foul that up, since that's how they get repaid. They will sell off as much of the rest of the company as they can, then I would expect they would sell off the guitar making business to some entity who wanted to build guitars or set it up as a free-standing business that generates profit and pays them back. The whole point is to get paid back. Devaluing Gibson won't get them paid back.
  4. That chassis looks like my BR-9's chassis, except that I think the paint is black on mine. The enclosure is a bit like a cathedral radio, with a rounded top and light cream vinyl. I doubt it's tolex. It would be interesting to know whether later BR-9s used field coil speakers or if they had an output transformer and used speakers with a permanent magnet. Mine has a field coil speaker. It's not all that powerful, but it has a clean tone that is just on the edge of breakup when cranked up. It doesn't sound at all like any other amp, and loves P-90s, appropriately enough.
  5. I had not heard of fretwire quality problems. Then again, my Thunderbirds are various ages of Gibsons except a bottom end bolt-on Epi and anther one that's now fretless. I'm not expecting Gibson to come out with lots of new models. It would be good to see Gibson make Thunderbirds and other bass guitars in some large or small quantity in the future. I was surprised how fast they gave up on the EB model they came out with in 2013. Those were just beginning to find their market when they got yanked and then redesigned. Maybe they will leave well enough alone and let the more recent version gain a following. I suppose that zig and zag was a bit of Henry J. confusion. It doesn't matter now. If Gibson made a copy of a Fender Precision or Jazz, it would make absolutely no sense, for reasons stated a few posts above.
  6. Hope, mostly. As a bass player who gravitates back to Gibson every time I stray away. I have had an EB-2 for 35 years and play a Thunderbird most of the time. I would be really happy if Gibson started acknowledging the low end a little more.
  7. A few thoughts about what could happen: 1. Sell off the non-musical instrument businesses and focus on musical instruments only. That would pay off some debts. I don't know who would buy the electronics businesses, but I assume they have some value. 2. Sell off all but the guitar making businesses. That means Baldwin and whatever other non-guitar brands Gibson owns. Do this as well as selling off the electronics businesses and you get a bit more cash, maybe a lot more if those operations are profitable. 3. Carve it up and sell everything off. Epi, Dobro, and Gibson could end up going their separate ways, depending on how the deal works out. This probably raises the most cash and would put Gibson in the hands of some entity that buys it to build guitars instead of a holding company who just want the cash. After the carve-up and sale, all bets are off, because we don't know who is going to buy any of it, what kinds of restrictions Gibson will face, or anything else. As an ongoing guitar company and brand, I don't think there's much to worry about, but the production may drop dramatically. A huge irony would be if Fender bought some parts of Gibson. I hope that doesn't happen. Fender already owns way too many other musical instrument companies. I could imagine Yamaha or somebody like that being at last somewhat interested in all or part of Gibson's musical instrument operations. The upside is that maybe we won't hear so many horror stories about Gibson being hard to deal with, Gibson being an awful place to work, and all that. I love my Thunderbirds and would love to have a real Gibson archtop guitar to go along with the EB-2 that I'll never sell. I have no doubt Gibson will continue to exist. It's just a matter of whether they build what I would buy and at a price I can consider buying it. If it's good stuff without a lot of nonsense, then somebody will buy what they offer.
  8. OK! We can do that! My first bass was a Vantage something or another. It was like dealing with a broomstick with a bowling ball tied to the wrong end. It was 100% awful to deal with. That didn't stop me from playing it for a year or so. Then I got a Danelectro/Coral Wasp that looked a bit like a Fender Jaguar, only with a mother of toilet seat pickguard and a row of switches that did nothing much. It was free with the purchase of a bass amp that I eventually sold for the same price. It sounded awful, but reshimming the neck with $0.08 of change made it sound pretty good. So, the Vantage was surplus and went to my brother. I didn't miss it a bit. I don't know what he did with it in the end. He was in hardcore punk bands, so I like to think it got broken into a zillion pieces on stage somewhere. That would be a good end for that piece of dead weight. The Dano eventually went to NYC with me, where some guy in a shop on St. Mark's place waved $300 under my nose for it. It was 1983 and that bass looked about as punk rock as you can get. St. Mark's was about as punk rock a place as you could get, so there was that. I had never seen that much money in one place, so I took it. Then I realized I had no bass. That was a sinking feeling. Some small amount of time later, I wandered into a shop in the west village and found an EB-2 for $350. I had $300. They argued with me a bit, and I went to walk away without it, which was apparently the right negotiating tactic. I got it for $300 including tax, no case, no garbage bag, nothing except my hot hands to protect it on the way uptown on the subway. So, I just carried it around for a number of years, then got it a gig bag. It lived in that for a couple decades until I figured out that it might be getting vintage, then I got it a case. I still have it. It was my first Gibson anything, and I'll be keeping it forever. Unlike the Vantage, which was bad enough that it should have convinced me to take up theremin or something.
  9. What with the recent news about Chapter 11, does this mean we might start getting a whole lot more Gibson bass guitars? How about Thunderbirds? There have been a few, but mostly bass is left to Epiphone. Epiphones are extremely well made and some argue as good or better than Gibson. But sometimes a Gibson is what you want.
  10. 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.
  11. I'm a fan of Babicz bridges, no doubt. They are worth the price. I suspect that all of my Thunderbirds will end up with Babicz bridges when it's all said and done. I'm not a purist by any stretch, and having needed to do a little adjustment recently means the Babicz made life a whole lot easier. I'm not sure what happened that let the intonation go off, unless I just didn't set it right in the first place.
  12. I have had 2-point, 3-point, and Babicz bridges on various bass guitars (and still do for what that's worth). The 2-point is a pain to get sorted, but once it's sorted, it's set until you do something weird. Same with the 3-point, same with the Babicz. The difference is that the Babicz is much easier to set up. A 3-point is straight forward enough, and I typically set the front a bit higher than the back to get a little more break over angle for the strings. But, on a Thunderbird anyway, getting a low action means cranking the 3-point down to almost being a full contact bridge anyway. When it's all said and done, they all work just fine. I haven't noticed much difference in sound between them. I put a Babicz on a 1991 Thunderbird as part of chroming it out to look like an older 'Bird, and the biggest change was swapping out the pickups for lower output, more vintage sounding pickups. The bridge is pretty low on the list of things that contribute to sound and sustain, in my opinion.
  13. 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.
  14. Gaolee

    EB bass

    My EB, also a 2013 in burst, has become my main bass guitar. I like it that much. The only thing that's not stock on it any more, aside from strings, is the pickguard. I don't like tort to begin with and especially the tort Gibson puts on those basses. The new one is a b/w/b three layer guard that I think looks a whole lot better. Someday, I might actually take pictures of it.
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