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    Les Paul Forum Member DEVILBAT's Avatar
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    1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    I've always wanted one of these since I saw my friend Ivan Kral play his when he was in the Patti Smith Group in the late 1970's.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5pU1LPpyfQ

    Well...it's 40 years later, and thanks to my fiend Eliot at Rumbleseat Music, I was able to purchase the bass of my dreams. It was delivered today.
    I like the single pickup version...whenever I've played bass, I've used Mustangs, P-basses and the occasional Fender Musicmaster. So I am psyched about this one!


    The other 2 guitars are my '70 rosewood tele and my 1964 Fiesta Red Stratocaster....





    Anyway...I do like the single pickup version....any other Thunderbird fans/players out there care to weigh in?
    Thanks!\


    Last edited by DEVILBAT; 08-29-17 at 02:38 PM.

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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    everything about that guitar works ..the beautiful finish and oxidized nickel especially

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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    So beautiful , Thanks for posting !
    He was a sonic disaster, thinking hours of practice would make up for stock pickups, poorly carved top and The wrong glue !

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    Les Paul Forum Member 58Lover's Avatar
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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    Oh man, jealous! I have been a bird freak for 35+ years..... I had a newer (2000) but I would die for an original. Great score!!!

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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    Oooooof! LOVEIT!
    Renderit, You have an interesting perspective and your posts aren't boring...
    Ren, all in all, I'm giving you a C- today's posts...
    Most of what you write with regards to my posts is cryptic nonsensical gibberish like this. I would prefer if you actually added something to the conversation but hey, I haven't walked in your shoes. So being as nice as possible: I look at your posts as if I was dealing with an eccentric cousin who comes to visit unannounced.

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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    What a score! I have a single pickup '68, and love it. Would love a Rev, but my non-Rev thing is pretty amazing, too.

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    Les Paul Forum Member DEVILBAT's Avatar
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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    This thunderbird is very light in weight....it's not s top heavy as the Firebird I's I've owned in the past. Sounds and plays killer...
    I really am preferring this to the P-basses I've played....
    really sounds/plays great!

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    Re: 1964 Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    That is a very cool bass. Congrats!
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