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Here's a story you bass-nuts may like:

In March 1976 I bought a spanking-new ebony (black) Gibson Thunderbird. It was my first "real" bass guitar. Fast forward to 1993, when I sold some of my old basses ( :oops: :cry: ) to update my rig and go to 5 and 6 string basses. The Tbird was sold to an acquaintance in Dallas. I last talked to him in 1995. Well, I tracked him down this week, after becoming nostalgic for my old 'Bird. He told me after he bought it he had the frets dressed, put new strings on, and then put it under his bed, where it has been ever since. Punchline: I'm driving to Dallas tomorrow in an attempt to make some sort of deal to get my Tbird back. It sounds promising - he wants an American Pbass, and, what do you know, I have a sweet 1998 ash P bass that I'm taking along. You all already know what the best outcome would be, but, just in case an even trade doesn't happen, I'm taking some other basses and some cash. Wish me luck, everybody. May the bass gods smile upon this deal! :o


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I hope things work out for you Mark. You'll have to update that photo when you get it --> have a side-by-side 1976/2010 comparison going on!

Out of curiosity, how many basses do you have all told?
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About 20 basses...I think. :)

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Why does the Mustang II look cool now, but not then? :?

I'm picking my Tbird up Saturday in Dallas. My Combustion is being sacrificed for the sake of nostalgia. I'll miss it, still.


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[quote="guitarded":mi3c20s3]Why does the Mustang II look cool now, but not then?[/quote:mi3c20s3]

Because Farrah Fawcett isn't driving it :-)


IMO the 76 still looks like POS. The current iteration is much sexier to me.
Different strokes I guess.
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[quote="lomo":19ajc2y2]The current iteration is much sexier to me.[/quote:19ajc2y2]

Well, of course, everybody would agree with that. My point about the '76 is that it has aged well and is now undoubtedly cool in V8 form. It was indeed horrible back in the day, and will never be as desirable as other model years. I think the Mustang II was the biggest model-redesign disappointment ever. It even made the '71 Mustang a fond memory. But if I had the chance at a nice black and gold '76 Mach-I, I might just sell some more basses. :)

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[quote="guitarded":kly11tvr][quote="lomo":kly11tvr]The current iteration is much sexier to me.[/quote:kly11tvr]

Well, of course, everybody would agree with that. My point about the '76 is that it has aged well and is now undoubtedly cool in V8 form. It was indeed horrible back in the day, and will never be as desirable as other model years. I think the Mustang II was the biggest model-redesign disappointment ever. It even made the '71 Mustang a fond memory. But if I had the chance at a nice black and gold '76 Mach-I, I might just sell some more basses. :)

Mark[/quote:kly11tvr]

They were pretty lean years, but the Mustang was the only American V8 production "muscle car" for a little bit. It kept the dream alive, even if it was a lot like a pinto. :wink:
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[quote="guitarded":h24cjthy]I'm picking my Tbird up Saturday in Dallas. My Combustion is being sacrificed for the sake of nostalgia. I'll miss it, still.[/quote:h24cjthy]

That's why your selling your CAG? to pay for your Tbird? I was so suprised, because you worked so hard to make the CAG happen.

You must love that Tbird. I'm glad it worked out.

[quote="lomo":h24cjthy]The current iteration is much sexier to me.
Different strokes I guess.[/quote:h24cjthy]

Wait until next year. Ford is coming out with a >400 hp 5.0L V8. It's sure to be a Camaro eater now! (Not like it wasn't alway better ;) )

The Mustang has been in continuous production since 1964. It is THE muscle car. No question.
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[quote="guitarded":2t9qzzmn]Why does the Mustang II look cool now, but not then? :?

I'm picking my Tbird up Saturday in Dallas. My Combustion is being sacrificed for the sake of nostalgia. I'll miss it, still.


Mark[/quote:2t9qzzmn]

Congratulations with your new
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[quote="TheGrandEnigma":mql22kyd]That's why your selling your CAG? to pay for your Tbird? I was so suprised, because you worked so hard to make the CAG happen.[/quote:mql22kyd]

The Combustion is an impressive first-run bass, but I found it to be redundant. I have two 5 strings already. What I've really wanted for a while is a 4 string Dingwall, like the upcoming C4, or better yet, an ABZ4. We'll see how all that pans out in the next few months.

Getting my Tbird back is really not optional. Seems like it was meant to be. I talked the guy into selling it in one phone call.

I once had Sheldon talked into a hot pink SJ, so I don't think it took too much persuading for him to agree to the CAG. He probably got a lot more pressure than was needed.

[quote="lomo":mql22kyd]Wait until next year. Ford is coming out with a >400 hp 5.0L V8. It's sure to be a Camaro eater now! (Not like it wasn't always better ;) )[/quote:mql22kyd]

GM is going to need another bail out because of the Camaro. I don't think I've seen two the same color. You have at least 10 colors to choose from.

[quote="lomo":mql22kyd]The Mustang has been in continuous production since 1964. It is THE muscle car. No question.[/quote:mql22kyd]

+1

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[quote="marton":y2jxg8ka]I hope it comes with the doll in the picture? :P[/quote:y2jxg8ka]

I'm pretty sure the doll was destroyed with a chainsaw later in the set. :)

Really. :o

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GM is going to need another bail out because of the Camaro. I don't think I've seen two the same color. You have at least 10 colors to choose from.


Mark[/quote]

I work for a supplier to GM on the Camaro, and you are correct, there are way too many color/combo options. We supply 7 colors on the interior parts, more are on the drawing board, not to mention all the other molded and or cloth options supplied by other vendors. Still a pretty car though.
We make the green parts in the photo. They are molded, hard coated with an exterior grade coating, painted, and assembled in house before finding their way to Oshawa.

[img:16o7idni]http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s354/rollerberg2000/misc%20081209/CamaroSynergySpecialEdition2010B.jpg[/img:16o7idni]
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I drove a V6 Camaro the other day. 300+HP, pretty torque-y, but with a thready feeling to it, not really kicking you in the seat. But for $22,500, what a bargain. It seems to be a great platform. At first I wasn't thrilled with the way the sheetmetal was bent, but the more I see it, the more I like it.

And look what we missed out on because of the death of Pontiac:


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Here is my latest bodygaurd for my Dingwall Super J 5
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Wow - alligator bass case!
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[quote="Dave Symphony Boy":1w3y8jv3]Here is my latest bodygaurd for my Dingwall Super J 5[/quote:1w3y8jv3]

I once knew a transplanted Cajun named Etienne who kept his gator tied outside his apt in Dallas on sunny days....until the apt manager laid down the law and made him stop. This fellow was so crazy that he would go frog gigging in the middle of the night on the various golf courses in North Dallas. No joke. The boy was one of a kind, and not wrapped tight.

My mother is of Cajun ancestry and had a pet gator for a short time when she was a young girl. I did not inherit the gator gene, apparently. I want nothing to do with them.

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The Eagle has landed.

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No pics, no TBirds that cause nostalgia :D No, really, it would be great to see what condition it's in.
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[quote="guitarded":1nl9vfby]

My mother is of Cajun ancestry and had a pet gator for a short time when she was a young girl. I did not inherit the gator gene, apparently. I want nothing to do with them.

Mark[/quote:1nl9vfby]

Perhaps the gene has manifested itself in a more subtle fashion........got any gator...................................boots, LOL.
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[quote="Bocete":3acvnhpj]No pics, no TBirds that cause nostalgia :D No, really, it would be great to see what condition it's in.[/quote:3acvnhpj]

She's apart for long-overdue cleaning and maintenance. Putting on new roundwounds later today, then she's ready to rock!

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