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    Exclamation Want to build a Thunderbird!

    Hey guys.

    i'm doing some pretty intense research at the moment because i'm obsessed with the idea of building a Thunderbird clone. that's also the reason (thank you (GAD) i stumbled upon this great forum. I'm starting to build the body very soon but there are some things i couldn't figure out yet. most importantly (since i think this affects the tone and character of a guitar very much) i have know idea how the neck tenon looks! is it narrower than the fretboard and reach far into the neck pickup cavity? or is the neck just a fat block of mahagony that is just as long and wide as the fretboard itself?

    a photo of the pickup cavity would be really really great! more interested in the 60s ones than the reissues. but the newer ones would also be interesting if i can't find a vintage one..

    thank you very much!

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    I may have that. Give me a bit...
    '60s: [ SF3 ]
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ S300AD | Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SF3,4,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000 | DV72 | BHM1 ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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    Here you go - this is from Steve's 1964 S200 Thunderbird that was actually the guitar that prompted me to start writing reviews back in 2014!



    '60s: [ SF3 ]
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ S300AD | Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SF3,4,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000 | DV72 | BHM1 ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

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    cool that u want to do this but honestly, i would suggest at least trying out a Newark Street S-200 Thunderbird before you go thru all of the trouble- they are mighty fine guitars. ive played one plugged in at Sam Ash and it was quite the beast. also no issues on the bridge or neck pickups (stock mini humbuckers) on the one that I played- they both sounded great. I know Acornhouse owns and plays one, he would be a great person to ask about the guitar. good luck whatever u decide! again, the newark street electircs are solid guitars especially at the price. The Thunderbird is really nice.

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    I have all three T-Birds. The S200, the T-Bird ST-P90, and the T-Bird ST in red. I'm honestly kind of impressed with the T-bird STs, though the S200 didn't wow me, mostly because of the goofy Trem. I think the ST design was a good step. The STs are also on close-out from Sweetwater right now for the ridiculous price of $399.
    '60s: [ SF3 ]
    '70s: [ S70 | S300ADs ]
    '80s: [ X79-3 | X80s | X82 | X100 | X175 | S281 | BHM1 ]
    '80s: [ S300AD | Detonator | Liberator + Elite | SF4 | AA ]
    '90s: [ 2x S100 | X170 | X170T | SF3,4,5 | BB | NB | NB DX ]
    '90s: [ X2000 | X3000 | X4000 | DV72 | BHM1 ]
    '00s: [ SF3 | SF4 | BB-90 | X160R ]
    '10s:
    [ Jetstar ]

    My Reviews: GADsGuilds.com

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by GAD View Post
    Here you go - this is from Steve's 1964 S200 Thunderbird that was actually the guitar that prompted me to start writing reviews back in 2014!



    Thank you so much! so, it appears that the neck ends in a block of the same width and length as the frerboard. no narrow and longer neck tenon as in les pauls and other gibsons?

    also, is it correct that some of the vintage ones have a neck angle and some are flat? the reissues have tune-o-matic bridges, do the have a neck angle?

    buying a t-bird is not an option for me. i want the best and vintage (or vintage correct) parts, hide glue construction, cherry red stain with nitro finish (done by a luther).. i‘m not a luthier but a taxidermist with some carving experience and i have all the tools in the museum i work at. it’s going to be a long way and very difficult, but i‘m confident i can pull this off!

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    really no offense to the t-bird and the owners!

    (also my girlfriend won’t allow me to buy a new guitar)

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    Quote Originally Posted by airplane View Post
    really no offense to the t-bird and the owners!

    (also my girlfriend won’t allow me to buy a new guitar)
    HI Airplane, welcome aboard!
    Are you sure this is the girl for you?

    Joking aside, I get your points about what you want re color, parts, and finish, let alone pride of accomplishment.
    Good luck and my hat's off to you!
    Al
    "Time May Change the Technique of Music But Never Its Mission " - Rachmaninoff
    My 1st Guild: '96 Westerly D25NT "Hally" (10-31-96 stamped on heelblock)
    #2: '01 Westerly F65ce "Blondie"
    #3: '03 Corona D40e Richie Havens "Richie"
    All bought new!

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    I can say that the neck/body geometry on both '60s Thunderbirds I've played was visually parallel. That is, no visible tilt. There could be a minor measurable tilt, though.

    -Dave-
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    1999 X-170T
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 T-bird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    Quote Originally Posted by airplane View Post
    really no offense to the t-bird and the owners!

    (also my girlfriend won’t allow me to buy a new guitar)

    Grüetzi - dann musst esch wohl sälbst zusammeflicke.

    Willkommen
    First good guitar - GUILD Duane Eddy 400 - I was 3rd owner - still regret letting it go 25 years ago - used to have Artist Award and Starfire - no regrets here.
    Present guitars - all bought new - F50R 1975 - F512 1977 - F212CSB 1979 - OM-240CE 2018 - Schecter Startocaster
    Bought secondhand - B30SB fretless - RED Songbird - White Songbird - S-60D - D-125 - Gibson 3/4-size acoustic 1957 - Carmelo Gonzales nylon string - old Levin Lute

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