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Strap Button On Thumb

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by naetog, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. naetog

    naetog

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    Hey everyone,

    It's been a SUPER long time since I've actively participated in the forum!

    The upper horn strap button on my Thumb points in a relative upwards position. About 2:00. I've never seen another bass with such an angle on the strap button.

    I'm thinking about moving it towards the bottom of the horn, sort of how it is on some Zon basses. Possibly at an even greater downward angle. See photos.

    Do you think this would help the neck dive?

    I absolutely love the bass, but it's physically too hard to handle for more than a half hour or so.

    Cheers.

    IMG_20181229_085603~2.jpg Screenshot_20190113-232445~2.png
     
  2. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

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    Welcome back @naetog!

    In my non expert opinion: 1) There will be a difference 2) It will be very slight.

    Something like a horn extension would work better, but would need to be very sturdy with this bass. Have you seen this?

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  3. naetog

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    That's cool!

    Thanks for showing me that.

    I recall seeing a longer metal tube-like apparatus a long time ago, but this is much more low key.
     
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    My thumb BN5 has a similar short stubby extension. It
    does help a little bit but Thumbs are bassiclly hopeless.
    To me, the really big problem is that once you get it to
    hang at a typical playing angle ... NOT horizontal ... the
    top horn is approaching vertical and hammers on my
    sternum, very uncomfy. I have 2 layers of wide leather
    strap, from an old guitar strap, wrapped around the top
    horn to somewhat reduce that problem.

    No matter what I do to it to balance it, it's not going to
    get any lighter. I really hate playing it, but I really love
    hearing it. If I could afford a CS ax I'd order a Streamer
    body version with the same neck, PUs and electronics.

    I wonder if I can order a neckless CS and just move the
    neck over to a CS body ? Still mucho huge sheckels :-(
     
  5. jester

    jester ocdemon Moderator

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    I have to agree if we 're talking about 5 string Thumbs, especially a BN model. I believe a 4 string would fare
    a bit better with an extension, or even without one depending on the somewhat variable parameters of the
    specific instrument.

    Warwick necks and neck pockets are very precise in dimensions so that would help with what you have in mind.
    I don't think Warwick will do it, but of course it does not hurt to ask (for a fact they will replace your damaged
    neck for a price, provided you destroy the original neck). A five string Streamer body made of Ovangkol or Bubinga
    would be hella heavy mind you, esp. if it's normal thickness. Warwick has been known to adapt the body thickness
    to suit the specific number of strings, neck profile etc. so that everything's relatively good. I recently had a Streamer
    LX6 in my hands whose body was very very slim. In any case you would still have a heavy neck with a heavy body,
    only the whole thing would balance a bit better.
     
  6. Nieltse

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    Everything you try with the Thumb won't really help, only small bits.

    I have replaced the tuners with hipshot ultralights, get yourself a sturdy broad strap, and hang the Thumb high up the chest.

    And deal with it :D
     
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    Have you tried this no mod solution? It might work........

     
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    jester ocdemon Moderator

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    He's slapping a 12 string bass.
     
  9. naetog

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    Gonna have to try that!

    Bass Belts, coming soon to a music store near you!
     
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