Epiphone quality?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mofo-Kang, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    How's the quality on Epiphone basses lately? Are they a good "bang for the buck" instrument? Lately I've been looking at some of the EB0 and EB3 and Thunderbirds and thinking they'd make for a nice Darkstar project bass...
  2. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    I played a EB3 and a Viola bass that the local GC. Both of them were fulled of problems. The bridge pins on the EB3 were already lifting. The Viola bass was a real disappointment, even for $299. The used Douglas bass they had was $120 and played 10 times better. It is a shame that the good name of Epiphone is now associated with poor workmanship.

  3. the korean epiphones are ok, some are even great.

    the newer ones made in china are very low quality. this kind of puzzles me because it seems that the epiphone guitars coming out of china are very nice... but the basses are another story, a real crap shoot.
  4. BuffaloMO


    May 26, 2005
    Land of OZ
  5. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn Guest

    Mar 25, 2006
    Always a Jack Bruce fan I decided to try an Epi EB-3

    No disappointment for me ... actually used it live the other nite for our third set and it was great and a lot of fun to play.
    It really nailed the old school blues vibe, and on the tune "Give some Loving" it just killed when used with a 60s style fuzz tone.

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    :) ... Hard to beat for the $$$ if your looking for old school vibe.
  6. acook

    acook Guest

    Jul 17, 2007
    Gold Coast, Australia
    Epi's when you buy them usually need a good setup and a string change. After that you have got your self a fine bass! I have and EB-3 in black with Red Devil DR Strings and it can suit any kind of music.

    Also what GM60466 said about the bridge pins is true but when you first get the bass you have to set the bridge so the nose points away from the bass a little (its a design flaw) I contacted some dealers cause I went through 2 basses before I found a post on the internet describing how to fix it but I doubt they did anything about it :p So as I said, good setup and you got a good bass!
  7. all of my experiences with epiphone have been embarassing. I would advice against purchasing one of their basses OR guitars
  8. Rockthesnakepit

    Rockthesnakepit Guest

    Dec 11, 2006
    As an EB-3 owner, i agree with pretty much all thats said above... once you get it set up=wicked 60s tone. untill then, major problems

    i do love humbucker tone though haha
  9. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
  10. watspan


    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    I had a epi alan woody sig rumblekat for several years, MIK I believe--no problems and excellant fit/finish--a good looker too!
  11. Mofo-Kang


    Aug 26, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    Hmmm, seems like some mixed reviews. Sounds a little like the reviews I see about Squier: they suck, no, they're great, well, they suck til you do a setup, then they're awesome...LOL

    Anything in particular I should look for? Like particular years that they were particularly good or particularly bad, certain countries of manufacture to look for or stay away from, etc?
  12. bro)))616

    bro)))616 Guest

    Jul 18, 2007
    my thunderbird came with a great setup.. i tried all kinds of different strings to find a good tone and the best sounding ones???

    a 10 dollar set of ghs regulars from wal-mart!! aha put the bridge pick up on 10 and the neck on 5 or 6 and man it sings!!!

    but yeah there cheap, but thats how i likes my womans thats hows i likes my bass:)
  13. Just check out the whole bass &find a Good 'un. I was looking at the Jack Casady Epi, but here in Aus they're expensive. So aint got one .......yet! I played the Thunderbirds that were in store while I was looking & I really couldn't tell THAT much difference between the Gibson TB & the Epi TB!!
  14. i guess you could point out inconsistancy with epiphone... not a good thing. If you can find one you like then congratulations.
  15. dretenvogeltete

    dretenvogeltete Guest

    Nov 23, 2007
    I use to play a epi les paul guitar. Quality was ok for the price I payed, but of course it isn't a gib.

    Now I play bass, a epi jack casady signature. Now thats a killer bass! Just great!
  16. CrimsonGhost


    Nov 14, 2000
    i had a real gibson les paul standard bass, a 93' model,
    I then owned a epiphone les paul standard bass.
    I really did not notice to much difference in tone between them becuase the woods are different.

    the epiphone was a great bass, I couldnt see spending the extra money on the
    usa gibson, unless you could find a great deal on one,. they are just way overpriced.

    the epi's pickups are pretty crappy however, throw a set of rio grande pitbulls or real gibson tb-pluss's and your all set.
  17. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
  18. skechada


    Jul 7, 2006
    I just purchased an Epiphone EB-0 and played it for a few hours in practice last night. I was very impressed (given all the slagging Epiphones get in this forum) at the sound. Granted I had low expectations, but at $200 it's defintiely a solid buy.

    I haven't even put on new strings yet - thinking about some nickelwound/hybrid strings, but even the cheapo stock strings didn't sound awful on it, although I could have used a bit more low end on the E string.

    Overall, I don't know of a much better buy for a $200 short scale bass. I'm happy with my purchase. :D
  19. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon

    May 13, 2005
    Here's a rather positive endorsement (used by permission from the author):

  20. rfclef


    Jan 19, 2007
    Gervais, Oregon
    I have an Epi Viola bass... "Beatlebass", made in Korea. I don;t have a lot of experience, but it is comfortable, looks good, and sounds great.