I was at G.C. today and saw a new Gibson Thunderbird for $1600. It had a Mahogany body and neck. Quite a looker, when I took it from the wall I was absolutely shocked at the lack of quality in the fit and finish.The finish, especially around the headstock was wavy. The frets protruded from the fretboard so far that it was truly unplayable. One could cut wood with the edges. I have never seen such a bad fret job. After I put it back I looked at the $350 Epi version of the T-bird and the workmanship was excellent. No sharp fret edges and the finish was nicely done. Actually I couldn't fine another bass, regardless of price or brand, that was as poorly done as the Gibson. My first bass was a Gibson, and I was a die hard fan, but no longer. It's an embarrassment to see the U.S.A. stamped in the headstock. They should do us a favor and quit making basses or at least have them made in China and charge $300 for them. What a letdown.. Sorry for the venting.