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Post by BarrytheSpoon Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:26 pm

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Have in my possession a Thunder 1A bass that I adore to play, unfortunately time has taken it's toll on this lovely instrument and it now needs some replacement parts Sad

These are the parts I feel need replacing:

Entire Bridge
All 3 knobs
All 3 pots
Jack Socket

I know the jack socket is the easiest bit, and I will be replacing that shortly, also the knobs aren't hard to do (as long as I don't want originals!!!)
but with regard to the electrics, I am comfortable with a soldering iron, but don't know where to start to get the correct parts, does anyone do a complete wiring kit? (I don't mind losing the active-ness, passive is fine for me)
Also as stated, the bridge needs replacing, where can I get a suitable replacement? (that ships to UK)

Any further help would be most appreciated.
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Post by Westbone Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:47 pm

http://www.westoneguitars.net/fixme/wiring-diagrams/

Good quality bridge. They do chrome and black as well.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HARD-TAIL-BASS-GUITAR-BRIDGE-STRINGS-THROUGH-REAR-BRIDGE-GOLD-/190584090362?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item2c5fb26efa


pots are available at the above seller.I'd keep the centre detent pot(active tone) if it's any good.

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Post by Iceman Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:12 pm

Welcome to you. Give us a few pics of the old rascal when you can.

Very glad that your handle is in the order it is.

You'd have no idea the grief you'd bring on yourself were it reversed... lol!
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Post by Barry Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:31 pm

Hi Barry and welcome to you.

Westbone has already directed you to most everything you need, except the brass knobs.
You can find info on them HERE

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Post by Barry Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:33 pm

Iceman wrote:...You'd have no idea the grief you'd bring on yourself were it reversed...
Suspect

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Post by Iceman Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:36 pm

Barry wrote:
Iceman wrote:...You'd have no idea the grief you'd bring on yourself were it reversed...
Suspect


What a Face Gotcha! cheers
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Post by PaulS Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:08 am

Hi - those bridges are good. I fitted a black one to my Thunder Jet bass and it has done the business. I bought a Gotoh 201, which these resemble, for a Fender bass and, to be honest, it wasn't worth the difference.

I wonder if you might be lucky enough to find a 'doer-up-er' on eBay that has a bad body. Or sometimes fretless models don't fetch much - under £100. Take what you need and sell off the rest.
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Post by grogg Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:22 am

PaulS wrote:I wonder if you might be lucky enough to find a 'doer-up-er' on eBay that has a bad body. Or sometimes fretless models don't fetch much - under £100. Take what you need and sell off the rest.

I got a T1 bass body with all those bits fitted for about £40 - see thread below this. So if you can wait might be worth hanging on until another comes up.
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Post by PaulS Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:46 am

One just popped up - might not go for much?
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Post by Iceman Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:51 am

PaulS wrote:One just popped up - might not go for much?


...not much at all one wonders with that listing description. Unless another project minded buyer chances upon it.
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