If you are truly ready to notch things up and add that rockabilly, psychobilly, surf rock, rat rod, acid country sound to the band, get the Thunder Jet. If you've been dying to get out from behind your upright bass and show your guitar player who is the baddest bassist around, get the Thunder Jet! This has to be my favorite bass in our entire selection. It's sexy, dark, and mean. The perfect compliment to this is an Ampeg SVT Classic. Gretsch dominates this world of music I listed above. It always has and always will. Do your band and yourself a favor and pick up this bass!
This is one of those "sleeper" basses that too few people know about. The short scale length and chambered body make it more comfortable than any other bass I've played, and lend it an incredible vintage thump. What a cool bass, and what a signature tone. You will not go unnoticed with this!
My Favorite Bass
It is the greatest bass I have ever played the latest addition to my Bass stable. I own 8 total and I must say this Bass sounds great, easy to play, not too heavy, and looks wonderful. It is short scale but sounds like it's long scale. Don't buy short scale strings though, it uses long scale stings because of the bridge type. It has three volume controls, one main and one for each pickup. I roll the main volume just a little bit which produces that Gretsch iconic sound.
I don't have any complaints. I did change the strings to T-I PowerBass Strings, which I think sound really good. Buy one, you won't regret it and you most likely will not see another one our there.
Gretsch Thunder Jet (black)
I would like to thank you Mr. Moore for the excellent service you provided. I am very happy I purchased from you guys.
Absolutely love this bass, with one exception. You'll need to change out the strings. They are tinny and buzz too much. I put on some LaBella Deep Talkin Bass Hofner Flat Wound and it ROCKS!!!
Great sound, perfect weight, fast neck, good knob ergonomics, what's not to like? Oh, yeah, incredibly fast delivery. The only negative, a bit pricey.
Oh dear Fender
5 stars for Sweetwater, 1 star for Fender. First impressions were great but closer inspection revealed some serious flaws. Fender used long scale strings on this short scale bass and the 105 E string was wrapped on the small tuning post. This put an S bend in the string between the nut and post and great stress on everything. When I contacted Fender about this problem they assured me this was normal and the visual appearance of the bend would not affect anything!! No offer to send the correct string set to fix the problem just assurances that all was fine. Sweetwater stepped up and are sending the correct strings. Lesson learned - Fender customer support is worthless. The next problem was the TV Jones pickups which are mounted with wood screws. The neck pickup was loose and I could not adjust it high enough on one side. After removing it I discovered the pocket had been cut too deep and the foam rubber was not compressing under the pickup. I added more foam to correct this but why do I need to fix a new $2000 bass? TV Jones promised to respond to my inquiry about retrofitting with English mounts, screws with springs and bezels but after two weeks I am still waiting. Bottom line, this is likely my first and last Fender purchase. I have basses half this price that were perfect out of the box.
ThunderJetBs 4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black More Info...
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