Just got my Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV yesterday, set it up and put some new roundwounds on her, and wow, am I amazed at the outstanding quality of this bass!!. Being a real gear snob, I didn't realize Epiphone was putting out this kind of gear. And for $499????? shipped??? Are you serious?????????? Whew,,, just had to get that out of me.. Bought the optional case as well, Its being delivered today. I will have more Epiphones. If your looking for a Thunderbird, save some cash and buy one of these before their discontinued.