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Epiphone TB vs Fender Aeroynde Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gord, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    Hey guys,
    Ok this one if pretty hard for me. I was all set on a fender jazz aerodyne, I tried a different one out at a store today and it was amazing, then I went and tried a thunderbird out of curiosity, and now I just have no idea what to do. Any input would be great, here's what I have

    Fender Aerodyne
    - sexy in a classy way
    - my two favourite pickups
    - huge aftermarket, new pups, new bridge, etc
    - pretty nice neck, growl deep sound
    - japan only edition, nice souvenier of my trip to japan
    - wasn't nearly as deep as tb, sounded too forced down low
    - basswood body, I'm not too keen on a basswood body

    Epiphone Thunderbird
    - sexy in a pure rock way
    - also has amazingly cool pickups
    - also a deep growly sound, but more emphasis on deep
    - the neck was amazing on the one I tried
    - costs less than the aerodyne
    - feels heavier, I like heavy
    - not really any aftermarket, I'm stuck with what I get
    - won't ever be a real thunderbird

    ok what do you guys think? does wood make a big difference? Does the fender have pickups available to make it as deep as the TB was? Any help would be of course, greatly appreciated, help me!
  2. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    Also, I have a fender precision at home, I could always route uot the body and throw in a jazz pup right? But damnit the aerodyne is classy..
  3. DCP_0202.
    I Love mine. :bassist:
  4. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    how come yours is so clean? :p

    Gord, I alrdy gave you my thoughts in that other post :D
  5. Elves clean my basses while I sleep.
    They also do dishes :)
  6. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    cheet! :D
  7. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    Rluk - your comments in that post were the only reason I went back and tried the aerodyne in a new store, new strings and a good amp made such a huge difference, if it werent for you I would've just walked out of the store with a thunderbird tonight! now Im just faced with a huge beautiful dilema
  8. OK i have absolutely no idea what they play like, but that Aerodyne is a pretty swank bass. Look at it's arched top, and it's black finish with white binding. You'll have a huge range of tones with it too.
  9. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    Teehee, sorry for confusing you even more Gord :D

    Well can't advise you more on the playablity and sound,
    because it is all very personal.

    But I think you're on the right tracks with the aftermarket thing.
    Even if they start making them again it will still be a Fender
    special model and you get most of your money back if you
    decide that it is not quite right for you. And who knows,
    maybe after 5 years or so, you ll get even more than you
    payed for :)
  10. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    Do basses still keep their value after you modify them? I know classic cars drop the second you do anything to them, so I was wondering about the resale value thing. Don't feel bad about confusing me, you could be one of the major reasons I end up with a kickass bass! My friend gave me some good advice, it's a real souvenier from Japan, I can get an epi anytime I want. Do you have any recordings of your aerodyne in action? id love to hear anything
  11. The pups on the Aerodyne sound excellent to me!
  12. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    sorry, no recordings yet :(
  13. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    haha BoognishMang how many of those pics do you have? are you trying to push me over the gas edge? :hyper:
  14. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    Boy, I would sure dig one of those. If it only had a B string :crying:
  15. The Hammer

    The Hammer

    Jul 13, 2004
    You are really comparing apples to oranges when you compare a t-bird to a fender as they sound, look and play very different. As for versatility (which I think is a very over rated reason for buying a bass) the t-bird is good at what it does but not as adaptable to other styles as the fender is. buy the one that feels and sounds the best to you. Neither of these basses is going to greatly appreciate in value and even less if you modify it. Also if you are already wanting to mod it why not save up and buy a bass that is set up like you want it to be.
  16. Well, their a discontinued model. Who knows what the value will be in later years..?
  17. Gord


    Jan 10, 2004
    BC, Canada
    they're discontinued? You wouldn't think so by going to the music stores here, they're as common as.. well, fenders :p
  18. rluk


    Nov 4, 2004
    Tallinn, Estonia
    There is something fishy going on with them for sure,
    it is rather hard to find them in Europe and in US.
    And there is no sign of them on fender.com nor fender.jp

    The rumour on the forums is that they re remaking
    them (more colour options and probably some little changes),
    and going to release them again under a new name, because
    there were some copyright problems with some Ibanez model
    with a similiar name or something.

    we will see :)
  19. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Get the Jazz. Every Thunderbird Ive ever played, whether Gibson or Epiphone, have major neck dive issues.