PRICE DROP - $425 shipped.
Selling my T-bird. This is a great bass but I've gone back to my Grabber and Ripper for Gibson bass tones.
I have played several different Thunderbirds, from the low-end Epi IV all the way up to a vintage Bicentennial 'Bird. This one compares favorably to all of them, and is a better bass than the nearest comparable bass, the Gibson Thunderbird Studio V. The Studio has a glued-in / set neck instead of neck-thru, and it does not have the raised center section of any kind of contouring. I definitely prefer this bass to the Gibson Studio, at least in terms of woodworking and playability.
The electronics are the other big departure from the traditional T-Bird setup. The pickups are active humbuckers, connected to a volume / blend / treble / bass setup with preamp. The preamp isn't noisy, and the EQ works fine. I found that leaving the knobs flat and just using the volume and blend control gets some very traditional-sounding Thunderbird tones. I really do like the way this bass sounds and plays, but I have WAY too many black 5-string basses right now.
Body Wings: Mahogany
Neck: 7-piece (Alternating Walnut/Maple)
Neck Profile: SlimTaper Bass
Neck Joint: Through-Neck
Truss Rod: Double-Action, 2-way
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Frets: 21 medium/jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
Scale Length: 34"
Nut Width: 1.85"
Neck Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
Bridge: Flush-mount, fully adjustable
Controls: Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ
Tuners: Premium Die-Cast Bass
Outputs: 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
Mods - I moved the rear strap button to reduce neck dive. It balances more or less horizontally now and stays put. I did not move the front button to the back of the neck but the new ones have the button located there. I'll leave that decision to the next owner. I also cut the B saddle spring a bit shorter to let the saddle back far enough to intonate the low B.
The bass is wearing a fairly new set of EB Slinkys, 0.040-0.130. It has three dings on the lower edge, one near the treble horn and two back by the controls. They're through the clearcoat and possibly into the wood beneath but it's black on black on black down there and I couldn't get pics of them. The last pic in the listing shows the dings, I cranked the white balance on the pic to try to highlight them.
ALSO INCLUDES THE EPIPHONE CASE. This case fits perfectly and was $100 all by itself. The new Pro V's you get from MF are $599 and have no case. Asking $425 shipped.
The bass is too big to ship to most international destinations, sorry. PayPal OK, no trades unless you have a Gibson EB 5-string weighing less than 8 lbs!