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NBD Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnk_10, Dec 4, 2017.


  1. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    my new epi t-bird vintage pro just arrived today and it's awesome. i like it so much that i ordered another one today. when i saw that epiphone was making a t-bird that was much closer to the original to anything that Gibson has made since the mid 60's or Epiphone ever has, i knew that i just had to get one. it has a 9 piece mahogany/walnut neck with mahogany body wings, the larger headstock and tuning keys, claw tailpiece & mid sixties tun-o-matic style bridge with all nickel hardware. i used to own an all original 1963 t-bird IV in the 80's that i still regret selling and finally feel like epiphone has answered my prayers with this one. it weighs only 9lbs even and doesn't exhibit any neck dive that many of them have. for the money, i couldn't be happier with it. if it had a nitro finish it would practically be spot-on.

    Epi-T-Bird-01.
     
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  2. Milchlingr

    Milchlingr

    Nov 22, 2017
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm glad to hear you are liking it! I'm patiently waiting for Sam Ash to get their shipment in and ship my preorder out. Last time I spoke to them they were expecting them on the 15th I believe.

    What case is that? It looks like a tight squeeze.
     
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  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    it's the epiphone case that was designed for it.
     
  4. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Thinking one of these is in my future:)
     
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  5. Wow. I didn’t even know these existed.
     
  6. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Looks killer.
    But....
    How does it sound compared to a '60s style 'bird?
     
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  7. These are selling well and look like they're going to be hits!

    Congrats! Nice bass!
     
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  8. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i don't have a 60's one to directly compare it to, but it does seem to sound pretty close to the original '63 that i owned in the 80's. my original was an exceptionally awesome sounding example of one (i wish i still had it!).
    on my second one that should be here this friday or saturday, i'm going to install some gotoh res-o-lite kluson style reverse tuners on it since they look just like the 60's keys and will save 3 oz on the headstock which will be great since sweetwater stated that my second one only weighs 8lbs 3 oz and will keep it from having a neck dive issue due to its lower overall weight.

    when they shipped the first one, they told me that it weighed 9lbs 3 oz so i was happily surprised when i weighed it on my very accurate digital scale and it actually weighs only 9 lbs.
     
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  9. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    IIRC, the general consensus regarding the tone of '60s t'birds is "clear with a natural break-up/distortion when pushed"
    I've got a Fender with Mike Lull T-bass pickups, which were supposedly based on either '63/'64 T'bird pickups and they fit that description.

    Again, congratulations on the new bass.
    I just wish Epiphone was more lefty friendly.
    I'd snag one of these in a heartbeat.
     
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  10. Atshen

    Atshen

    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Now they need to do the single-pickup version.
     
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  11. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    YES!!!
     
  12. theRocco

    theRocco

    Jan 7, 2010
    The Expanse
    You getting another Sunburst or maybe the White one?
     
  13. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    the white ones aren't in stock yet, but i'd dig having one of those too. i'm just getting another burst one for now.
     
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  14. Rumble Thunder

    Rumble Thunder

    Aug 5, 2016
    Kentucky
    image. I love mine! It's so frickin fun to play and it's an absolute BEAST. I like the neck pup dimed with the bridge pup rolled off a bit. It definitely rocks hard and takes names.
     
  15. waynobass

    waynobass

    Feb 27, 2008
    Texas
    They come in black too and that is the color I'm interested in!
     
  16. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    It's not spot on but damn close. The pickups sound great! Spanks my '77. And would give a good 60's Thunderbird a run for it's money.
     
  17. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Mini review.
     
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  18. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    great. now i really want a white one. :woot:
     
  19. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Only question is, why buy a Gibson Thunderbird when you can buy the Vintage Pro or Classic IV?
    No reason anyone's been able to tell me.

    Good score!

    By the way, I bought a used Classic IV five or six months ago…it came with the tapered hardshell case, too.
     
  20. That's pretty slick. I might have to put one of those on my Christmas list.
     
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