Epiphone Thunderbird Classic Pro iv HELP

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  1. RexxRokket

    RexxRokket

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    Well maybe the tittle sounds too dramatic... but I just wanna get rid of somedoubt I have. Thing is that I've read that the Epiphone T-bird classic pro iv has a 7-ply neck then some ppl have written that it has a 9-ply neck... so if whoever can help me with this I will be very grateful =). (Thing is that im buying one next week haha:hyper:)
  2. lowendblues

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  3. RexxRokket

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    Thanks man, but again, I've read that some ppl say that this is a 9 ply not a 7 even tho if there are the specs avaliable on any site...
  4. Wallace320

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    Yeah, some say it's 9 ply

    No: it's 7 ply, I can assure you and everybody out there it's just like that

    At least if we're talkin' Epiphone Thunderbird Pro;)

    Cheers,
    Wallace
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  6. cyberpunk409

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    epiphone are 100% wrong on their website, I hope this pic of my recently acquired Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO settles all arguments.
    (note: it is not the same model as the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro)

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  7. cyberpunk409

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    oops, came out a bit small, hope this one is better...
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  8. Mark4

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    The Classic Pro is 9 ply. I say this because I have one and the fact that every other Classic Pro I've seen is also 9 ply.
  9. RexxRokket

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    Really? even the active thunderbird pro ones?
  10. cyberpunk409

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    As I stated above; the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO and the Epiphone Thunderbird PRO-IV are 2 completely different basses.

    If it has the word CLASSIC in it, it's 9 ply with Gibson passive pickups.

    If it does NOT have the word CLASSIC in it, it's the 7 ply with active pickups.
  11. cyberpunk409

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    And just to confuse matters more, I wouldn't even technically call the Epiphone Thunderbird PRO-IV a 7 ply neck through anyways, since only 5 of the 7 ply's run the entire length of the neck... I'd call it a 5-ply neckthrough construction.
  12. RexxRokket

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    Thats pretty awesome imo, as long as it has the 9 ply neck... what else differs from the Gibson? 9-ply neck, gibson TB + humbuckers. Hmmm, I think Gibson t birds has Schaller tuners and a different trussrod... would be that the only difference then?
  13. SturmUndDrang

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    Nitro vs poly finish. Electronics like pots might differ. Also domestic vs foreign manufacture.
  14. cyberpunk409

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    I'm still on a mission to work this out for myself...

    I think from what I've seen and read, these are some of the differences;
    - neck angle relative to body
    - headstock break angle
    - the way in which the mahogany wings of the body are glued to the neckthrough construction (Gibson uses a V shaped glue technique)
    - pots and input jack (easily replaced)
    - wood quality (obviously cheaper species of mahogany on the epi)
    - finish (poly vs nitro)
    - and the ones you mentioned
  15. OzzyGreg

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    Confirming cyberpunk409's last sentence at least....

    My own Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV, ie. the one with active electronics, has a 7 ply neck.
  16. Mark4

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    If the neck and body angles are different, then they're subtle enough for me not to notice. In what ways would you say they differ?

    Both use the v-shaped glue technique for the wings.



    Differences I've noticed:

    - The Gibson has a nitro finish, whereas the Epi is shot with poly.
    - The Epi has what looks to me like more of a '60s pickup orientation, as they're closer to the bridge.
    - The neck heel area on the Epi is more squared off, whereas the Gibson is more rounded.
    - The Gibson has a slightly more angular body shape, whereas the Epi is slightly more rounded.
    - The Epi has somewhat improved upper fret access.
    - The Gibson has a little nub on the bottom of the headstock detail.
    - The Epi's tuners and bridge are Epiphone hardware, whereas the Gibson uses Grovers etc.

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