Go for the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro V: it's a keeper for its price
I own the IV sunburst version, I play it a full step downtuned and put a Hipshot GB7 bass extender, so that I can nearly reach the lows of a regularly tuned Thunderbird V...
Finishings are outstanding for its price, especially in the sunburst version. Soapbars are powerful and versatile even with a two only band equalizer. I beat the hell out of it, but still can manage a proper slap tone with sufficient highs. But as you certainly know, neckthru body with mahogany wings best offering is midrange: you cut each and every bandmix with ease.
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