I have wanted a Thunderbird of these since I saw Leon Wilkeson play one on Skynyrd's first major tour opening for the Who in 1973. (Entwhistle was playing them, too.)
It's not the best slapper, and the bottom can be a tad muddy, but it will lay down some low end goodness so thick everyone will be on the floor, grooving their butts off.
There is a little neck dive, but it's no big deal. This version has the upper strap button on the neck plate, which seems to help.
I *love* the neck. I wish it came in a shorter scale because I have short fingers, but otherwise it's perfect. It fits my hands well and is easy to move around on. Off the rack, there was one spot that one string sounded just a bit dead on; that's a minor setup problem. (Kudos to the Round Rock Guitar Center for the setup!)
Now if only I could get it in cherry red with gold pickups...