I've been known to say that I thought humbuckers sound thin, that they are missing something and that I have not heard any I like. Scratch that. I played an Epiphone Thunderbird IV on a recent trip to Tucson. I had an appointment at the VA hospital there so we made the 350 mile one-way trip to Tucson. When done at the VA, we made our usual run to the local Guitar Center to allow me to get my hands on as many basses as possible until the management tires of me and asks me to either buy something or leave. I live in a small city in the Sonoran Desert that has one tiny little Fender dealer. So I rarely get to play anything outside of my set of experiences. When we go to Tucson I'm like the hillbilly that has never seen indoor bathrooms or hot running water. I feel like an idiot sometimes because I'm so easily amused! I played about a dozen basses this time. I saw a Sunburst T-Bird IV on the wall, and thought ~why not?~. Woa! Nice! I tried two other Epi T-birds .... hmmm ... not quite. Fret issues, a little less gigantic sounding ... now where did I put the first one I tried? Ah! There it is! Yup! There's that sound, that feel ... this is THE ONE. At first it took me a few minutes to properly set up the Ampeg SVT Pro 7 head they allowed me to use (ported 4x10 cab). Once I figured out how to get what I wanted from that beast, it was frelling amazing! Serious SERIOUS huge rhino-nuts sound. It had this amazing low-mids growl that I've only heard on certain hard rock recordings. That particular one has an excellent neck, superior fretwork, and a great finish. I really REALLY dug on the lack of buzzy, noisy, sounds that I was used to with my J-bass. No hum either (imagine that?). So, we talked to the manager, and had him hold it for me. I explained my situation (my non-munnay situation due to having spent our moneycheck on Drs and the trip there). He was mondo-cool and put a no-money hold on it for me. That was about a week ago. Karma kicked in this past week and something we'd been trying to sell on ebay for months finally sold. For $1.50 more than I needed to pay for that bass! Cool right? We closed the deal on the day that they had nearly everything at 12% off, so not only did the Ebay Karma kick in, but we got "that bass" for $36 bucks less than anticipated as well! Rippin'! So ... it's on it's way. A bass with those "crappy sounding, thin-toned humbuckers" is on it's way to me .. me .. of all people .. me! I never said I was too old or too stubborn to learn! I guess all my previous experiences with humbucking bass pickups were just all the wrong stuff combined with all the wrong basses and all the wrong amps. I've had a solid negative vibe for them for two decades, having owned a few of them (Carvins, Ibanez, Steinys, others). Hey, it's possible! Every time I was exposed to them it was all the wrong stuff combined with all the wrong stuff. Not this time! And I am certain beyond certain that this T-bird will work just great with my modular bass rig. I can easily emulate an Ampeg with little effort, that will get me started. And then I will REALLY go to work on the sound with my filter arrays and parallel processors and a pair of really kickass compressors that I'm beta-testing for a custom seldom heard of builder that have done so well with my other basses. So, I must say .... I WAS WRONG. There are humbuckers out there that sound frelling SICK! I am totally on fire about this new bass. I have had such excellent luck with the proverbial "$300 bass" in the past, this one is just another excellent find! It should land here in about five more days. C'mon Big Brown Truck! My sincerest apologies to those that I disagreed so strongly with on this topic. I was wrong, you were right.