Not the most astounding purchase of the century, but nonetheless I just felt compelled to write a post about it. I was at the guitar shop today with my drummer, and I was A/B-ing this used 95 MIM standard jazz bass with the new limited edition white epiphone thunderbird through a solid state Ampeg head going into a cheap Hartke 4x10 cab (not an ideal amp setup, but it was the only one that was plugged in). The thunderbird definately had a ballsy sound that I really liked, but my drummer didn't like that it was a bit lacking in high-end definition and pick attack (I didn't 100% agree with him in this area, I quite liked the pick attack I got from the T-bird). But the jazz neck felt so nice, and though we were both apprehensive at the considerably smaller amount of low end it had compared to the thunderbird, I felt confident that a pickup change and playing it through my normal amp (Peavey T-Max & 410tvx) would easily remedy that problem. I picked it up for $285, not a bad deal. After reading numerous glowing reviews, I think I'm going to pick up a Dimarzio Model J set (the store only had the ultra jazz set in stock, and I'm not sure those are quite what I'm looking for), I'm still undecided on whether I want to go with a tortise shell or black pickguard on the black body & rosewood fretboard (please feel free to post pics that might sway me in either direction ). As for the thunderbird, I'm sure that somewhere down the line (once I have a ton more cash) I will pick up a real Gibson t-bird, but until then I'm sure that the jazz will do the trick quite admirably.