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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #45 on: May 25, 2017, 02:54:50 PM »
Wow, it really does look fanstastic!

Not a body shape I'd pick, but the visual impact is super!!
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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #46 on: May 25, 2017, 03:01:47 PM »
Thanks :) Surprisingly comfortable and the weight was a really pleasant surprise at 3.5 kg/7.7 lbs. Will gig it for the first time at a festival next weekend.

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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2017, 04:56:04 PM »
That turned out great.

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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #48 on: May 29, 2017, 08:50:48 PM »
That looks fantastic!!!
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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #49 on: June 04, 2017, 08:23:10 AM »
    While not a Thunderbird that looks great! I love the extended scale on the upper register and the dead simale one pickup one volume layout.
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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #50 on: June 04, 2017, 02:05:33 PM »
    While not a Thunderbird that looks great! I love the extended scale on the upper register and the dead simale one pickup one volume layout.

Thanks, Scott! I played it on a festival yesterday (backline SVT with 8x10) and it totally kicked. Sounded very bird-like -- I think both the pickup as well as the set-neck/multi-lam neck construction. Totally pleased with how it came out - the gig always being the acid test. Also the intonation of even the uppermost frets is pretty much dead on.

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« Reply #51 on: June 04, 2017, 11:52:12 PM »
Not my cup of tea but form and function dear chap, form and function... looks spot on to the original plans though... I looked back but have I missed what you've had her made from...?
For me, I'd have lost the upper "webbed finger"... Scott, break out the bandsaw...! :vader: ;)
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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2017, 11:57:05 PM »
I looked back but have I missed what you've had her made from...?

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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #53 on: June 05, 2017, 06:51:35 AM »
Not my cup of tea but form and function dear chap, form and function... looks spot on to the original plans though... I looked back but have I missed what you've had her made from...?
For me, I'd have lost the upper "webbed finger"... Scott, break out the bandsaw...! :vader: ;)

IMHO that "webbed" feature makes the bass look graceful compared to every other bass I've seen with an extended upper horn.

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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #54 on: June 05, 2017, 07:02:07 AM »
IMHO that "webbed" feature makes the bass look graceful compared to every other bass I've seen with an extended upper horn.

It's the only 'single-cut' design I've liked. Most just look wonky (to be polite) or whale-like.

Again, after actually playing it, I see no down-side. It doesn't get in the way at all for me. I also really like how light it is without sounding light at all.

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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #55 on: June 05, 2017, 07:17:44 AM »
Wow, I didn't realize it was so compact. Nice!

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Re: Thunderbird II project pickup placement
« Reply #56 on: June 05, 2017, 07:20:44 AM »
Me, too! Much more-so than I expected. It weighs next to nothing but feels and sounds REALLY solid.