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Old 06-14-2015, 02:35 AM   #1
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Adam's Thunderbird basses

I was looking at the video for 'The Fly' and saw that Adam is using a non-reverse Thunderbird bass,and decided to find out a bit about it. In the process, I came across pics of him with more Thunderbirds, and I am wondering, did he ever use these live? What songs did he use them on?
It would be cool to see him use them live again.




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If you YouTube their show from Smile Jamaica concert (1988?) Adam used the Thunderbird for one of the tunes. (I don't remember which offhand).

The non-reverse Thunderbird is cool. Interesting that he's not used it more.

Also interesting, as they have worked with Lanois so much - and Danny played Firebirds so often - interesting that Edge doesn't play them. Perhaps he owns one that we've not seen?


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Adam's Thunderbird basses

Seems he has a Thunderbird as far back as the UF sessions.


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Here are a couple of pix of the non-reverse Thunderbird



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Here are a couple of the regular Thunderbird



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Live use?

The only time that I remember the Thunderbird being use was for "Angel of Harlem", "When Love Comes To Town", "All Along The Watchtower" and "Love Rescue Me" -- at the 'Smile Jamaica Benefit Concert', 16 October 1988 (at The Dominion Theatre, London).



ANGEL OF HARLEM:

https://youtu.be/8g8cmW9Yjx8

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER:

https://youtu.be/l16zRFGNK5A?list=PL...jdwgtirAI7PjaI

WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN:
https://youtu.be/ch56lHbAlqM

LOVE RESCUE ME:
https://youtu.be/8U_v7MkFgfs?list=PL...jdwgtirAI7PjaI
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All of that said, the Gibson RD Artist was another bass that was seen in studio pics dating back to the AB sessions. It finally saw the lights of the stage for "Magnificent" (video, promo shows and 2009 shows)


PROMO CLIP

https://youtu.be/Yi52HjJbwVQ


2010 LIVE CLIP

https://youtu.be/NF-liABwrAo


It seems it later lost favor to the Candy Apple Red Reverso that surfaced for the 2011 shows.

2011 CLIP
https://youtu.be/h_-E95Rqebg
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The Gibson Triumph Recording Bass is yet another of the Gibson's that had been used on recordings for years, dating back to at least the AB sessions. It wasn't until 2009 360 shows that it got some stage use, for "one'


ONE - Milan - 2009

https://youtu.be/uvCyV0N7IYI



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All of that said w/ his signature series Fender and Warwick bass guitars getting the bulk of the stage use, it seems unlikely that the Thunderbird or other Gibson bass guitars will see any stage time during the SOI/SOE tours.

Never say never? Certainly! But unlikely seems to be the reality.


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Thanks so much E_O, really interesting to see that Adam used Thunderbirds quite a bit more than I thought. Thunderbirds and Firebirds are some of my favourite guitars and basses.
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Is there something special about Thunderbird basses in terms of their specs? I know Firebird is special because of....that mini-buckers.


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Seems he only used the Thunderbird for that Smile Jamaica show.

Although he did borrow Thunderbird from Ash's bass player when U2 played at Belfast in 1998 with Ash. Edge borrowed Tim Wheeler's Silver Jet


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Very unrelated, but has Edge used Firebird? i know he's used once sporadically but...has he ever own one?
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Very unrelated, but has Edge used Firebird? i know he's used once sporadically but...has he ever own one?
He may have used one of Danny's (in the studio). I've not seen one used during live shows. I don't know if he owns one. Odd that he doesn't.

Here is video of Edge playing Lanois red Firebird (with Danny and Bono) for a TV appearance of "Falling At Her Feet".


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I imagine that Edge would like the sound of mini-buckers; I mean, he's liked very trebly sounding himbuckers in his guitars so
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