Epiphone T-Birds, highly Underrated.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CrisMoser, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. CrisMoser

    CrisMoser Guest

    Oct 8, 2006
    Northampton, PA
    In the studio, I used a vintage Fender P-Bass. I got my T-bird (epi) a few days later and it outplayed it by a landslide. It has nice low action with a surprisingly high action sound, and massive pickups. It has "Neck dive" but any one who complains about that is a wuss. Seriously. Then, when I combined it with my Digitech BP200, I can get any Bass tone out there (except Stu's.... damn that Fender Urge) I don't know why, but I hear a lot of negative talk about the epi-T's. It plays on a level far higher then it's price ($300).

    I have however, found that the Gothic edition ones are extremley cheesy. It's not just a different paint job, it's a different sound. It sounds extremley muddy and the coating feels like plastic. Comments?
  2. Oric


    Feb 19, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Well, thanks for increasing my GAS for one. I've been wanting to get one and Darkstar it. Although I'm thinking of getting a Warmoth body, which will allow me to get a prerouted one (which is more expensive)
  3. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    They are a nice bass for the $$$, the neck dive issue is easily fixed......I sure like mine.
  4. Oric


    Feb 19, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I'm starting to wonder what a T-bird with a fretless P neck and Dark Stars would sound like
  5. When you play your T-Bird, do you use a pick? I tried one at a local store and I found playing with fingers the most uncomfortable thing.
  6. I would probably have to say the opposite.
    I disliked them very much, but that's just this bassists opinion
  7. Fretlessdude

    Fretlessdude Guest

    Aug 9, 2008
    nanaimo bc canada
    Odd i found it very comfortable especially wit the tumb rests built into the pups
  8. CrisMoser

    CrisMoser Guest

    Oct 8, 2006
    Northampton, PA
    No, I never pick
  9. Weird. Ive never seen a T-Bird played without a pick. The groove on the top was restriction my wrist from reaching the strings comfortably.
  10. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    NO PICK playing on an EPI-T-bird??? you obviously never looked at the 50 or so fingerpicked EPIbird videos on my youtube channel ...:rollno:
    (ya there's a couple there using the pick on the EPI also )

    like tbird1958 I like mine, and only paid 100 for it used, so it was worth it.

    would I modd it like all the SX players do to their cheap copies to make it "sound" decent?

    would I use it as my main player?
  11. I bought the Epi-Bird (burst) in November and was pretty amazed at the tone. What I thought would be a EB-3ish tone is more of a fat Jazz Bass tone. Big Tone!
  12. CRONOS

    CRONOS Guest

    Jun 30, 2008
    The Gothic T-bird is just a different paint job they sound great.