epiphone t-bird

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by janesh, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. janesh


    Nov 28, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    hey guys, ive saved up enough money to buy an epiphone thunder bird, and ive had my heart set on it for while. i was wondering if you own or have owned an epiphone thunderbird could you give me some feed back on it or suggest another bass better worth buying for around the same price range?
  2. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    i've tried it 30 minutes at my guitar shop and I really like it !
    I was considering buying one these times.

    Good bottom end, very good low mids, pure rock tone ! Excellent for rock !

    2 bad points :
    *Lack of versatily, but no one cares this bass is made for ROCK !
    *The strap button should be replace at the back of the neck like the gisbon bird.
  3. yeah the epiphone t-bird is a fantastic rock bass and looks so cool. you can't go wrong with it if you want a solid, unique tone in a well-built and easy to play bass. Its not a bass id buy if i just wanted one bass because they're not really versatile. If you are looking for other basses of the same price range that have good tone, try the Squier standard p-bass (the one with added j style pickup at the bridge.) and you should be rocking hard!!!! :bassist: :) :cool:
  4. Geezerman


    Nov 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Awesome look, tone=mud though. I returned mine right after i got it, i would play before you buy.
  5. lookjojoisplaid


    Oct 17, 2005
    San Diego
    Awsome look easy to play but its just about the worst sounding bass i have ever played. The Pickups are terrible. If your gonna buy one make sure you have enough for a good set of pickups. It aslo has a terrible bridge. A long neck bass like that should at least have a badass bridge II on it. Defintly go play it before you buy it. Just remeber she might have big boobs and blond hair but its whats inside that really counts. Ohh god did i just really say that???
  6. ...Inside, her pants?
  7. FenderHotRod


    Sep 1, 2004
    Have it, Like it, sounds great. You just have to know how to treat her.
  8. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    No. Get the Badass I. Not the II. The BA II is designed to be a drop in replacement for a Fender bridge. The BA I is intended to replace the Gibson-design three point bridge. A 'bird should come with the cheesu three-point bridge.
  9. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    Alot of people say the t-bird sound is mud, but everyone has a their own definition of mud. Definetly try before you buy but my experience with tbirds is that they sound pretty crisp to me, the neck feels very long and the body is very light. The sound doesn't really change that much even with knob fiddling. I feel it is definetly a one-trick pony. If you're playing hard rock or something, i think it would be fine
  10. Epiphone basses look great. thats' it!
    otherwise they suck. i don't hate Epi's (lie). Fender, G&L, Musicman rule the bass world. save your money and get a Jazz bass. you will thank me later. :cool:
  11. I would like to find an Epi T-bird to try out... I use the T-bird setting on my Variax bass more than anything... I really think I would like it, but I have yet to see one in person.
  12. janesh


    Nov 28, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    yeh i was definatly considering a fender jazz, thats a sexy peace wood and a half.
  13. Coward Of Reali

    Coward Of Reali

    Oct 13, 2003
    I love my epi-t-bird. I think its very versatile and better made than my mim p-bass. the notes are more clear and you can get many many different sounds out of it. dont follow the fender herd, get this bird!
  14. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas

    I found the Epi T-bird sound to be pretty sharp, with a good amount of high-end sparkle and some nice lo-mid punch, depending on how you've got the tone. Maybe that was just the one I played, I dunno.
  15. lookjojoisplaid


    Oct 17, 2005
    San Diego
    No i ment exactly what i said. The badass bridge I is almost exactly the same design wise so dont wait your money. The badass II bridge is much better but like bard2dbone said it will not be a direct replacement you will have to take it to a pro shop and have them install it
  16. FeelTheGroove


    Dec 2, 2005
    I have never played a Epi bass, but if its anything like the Gibson T-bird, itll have some neck-dive and be pretty heavy...not a bass for wimps. Although the Gibsons are all mahogany, that might have something to do with it.

    In my opinion Gibson's basses like the T-bird, Grabber, etc. sound better played with pick than they do fingerstyle.
  17. Here we go again...

    I own a Gibby Tbird and have played on the Epi a few times, and I can tell you, its well worth the $400 bucks.

    Tbirds are not mud at all, roll off the bridge pup a bit and see what I mean.

    Tbirds are not heavy at all, the necks only seem heavy and dive when strapped on because there is no top horn (DUH). If you put a button behind the 12th fret, you wouldnt complain.

    Gibson Birds are all Mahogany neck through with ebony fingerboards (very light, mines a '91 and about 7-8lbs). The Epis are mahogany body, bolt on mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboards. And weigh pettym uch the same.

    The newer Epi's have nice sounding pups and come with a good factory set up (atleast the ones guitar center gets).

    Never listen to the negative things people say about Birds, and Gibson basses in general. If you cnt EQ in a non mud tone from a Tbird, theres something wrong with you.

    Oh, Fender Jazz, Fender Smazz, you'll never find a passive jazz bass in the Epi's price range that will have the volume and low end of a Thunderbird, EVER.

    I swear, my '91 is the loudest passive bass I've ever played (except for a 2005 a played a few months ago) :D .
  18. FenderHotRod


    Sep 1, 2004
    Here is where I put Mine.
  19. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    I saw a cool thing in a catalog yesterday morning. It is a t-bird shaped electric mandolin.

    I can't decide whether that's cool or goofy. :confused:
  20. I owned one for a while- hated it. Good for posing (not that I did) but not much else. Cardboard tone and plastic feel.
    Mind you it was up against my '79 P so it didn't have much hope...