I owned an ‘86 Gibson Custom Shop Thunderbird a long time ago, but sold it to buy my ‘77 Jazz. I always kind of wanted another one someday, but couldn’t really justify the price. Recently, I’d been eyeing the Epiphone Vintage Pro model and really like the way they look. I read up on them and watched some reviews. I just retired last week, so I decided to pull the trigger and get myself a gift. It just arrived from Sweetwater this morning. Man! I am really impressed! It was a demo model with a tiny little ding on the back of the treble horn (barely noticeable and nothing I wouldn’t do on my own in a week or two anyway!). It sounds great and is more comfortable than I remember my old one being. I doubt that it will become my main bass (this makes number 15 in the arsenal), but I’m really looking forward to trying it out at band practice this weekend. It sounds like a beast through my Ampeg rig. When I was in high school in ‘82, I had a chance to buy a ‘64 Thunderbird IV. I had just bought a Rickenbacker a couple of months earlier, and thought my parents would be upset if I spent another $400. D’oh!!!!!!!!!!!! Here are pics of the ‘86 and the new one.