Trying to get out of a Fender rut.
Just some general ramblings/thoughts.
Went out to look at and play some basses today, the main goal to not play just another Jazz or P. Been wanting something different lately.
Tried an epiphone viola bass--sounded great above the 12th fret but the small neck just wouldn't work for me. Surprisingly nice build quality.
Tried an epiphone Thunderbird IV Pro Classic--the neck-thru one. WOW! I was not expecting much as I have owned the bolt-on before and found it clunky and not sounding great. The slim nut and neck on the pro were nice, pickups had a lot of punch. I was taken off guard by this one and how good it was. I feel like all it would need is a Gibson neck plate and it would be just as good as the 'real' thing. Anyone out there own this 'bird?
Got to spend some time on a Stingray Classic too, which was everything I had hoped for. Felt great, 2 band EQ was just fine, probably more useful than the 3 bands that I have tried. Was afraid that no mids knob would mean less tonal options but that's why they make amp EQs. The figured maple neck is really easy on the eyes. Price tag makes me wince, but the quality was definitely there for the price. Felt solid, dependable, the whole thing just feels like it's built to withstand and last. If a color came up on the used market that I wanted I would consider this one now.
That's about all, I'm still hoping to try a gibson EB and Midtown. Gibsons are interesting me lately. But they will really have to be something great to beat the Epi T-bird at half the price.