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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by merolbassist, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. merolbassist


    Oct 1, 2013

    im new around here
    I have an epiphone thunderbird iv 4 string, and then i saw on amazon an Yamaha RBX170EW, I like bass guitars with a darkwood design... but I was wondering if I should upgrade my bass guitar, which one is better? should i buy it? or keep my thunderbird?

    Epihpone Thunderbird IV [VS] Yamaha RBX170EW

  2. Crystalman85


    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Welcome to talkbass, merolbassist. If you're looking to buy a new bass, it would be best to go to your local music store and try out some basses. see which bass is right for you. also if you like your epiphone thunderbird, you should keep it. however, owning a 2nd bass as a back-up would be a good investment if you're a gigging musician.
  3. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    1st of all, congrats for the place you live in

    I may have gone the "tourist" way, but when I been there, I was astonished by the beauty of the area;)

    Back to your needs

    You have a far better bass than the one you're lookin' for.

    Your Thunderbird is made out of mahogany and, even if in the Standard (bolt on) configuration, the pickup offering is way better than the P/J on Rbx170:spit:

    I consider myself to be a somewhat "Yamaha" guy, so no Yammy bashin' here

    It's just that, exotic top apart (EW goes for "exotic wood") Rbx170 is made out of agathis and its headstock machineheads are lame, to say the least.

    To consider a change, look for an Rbx270j, 'cause it's an alder body bass and its P/J configuration - and machineheads - are way more "on the solid side"

    Hope this helps:)

  4. merolbassist


    Oct 1, 2013
    im not good with terms like standar bolt on, P/J, so the difference that are you telling to me is the material which those are made?, how about the sound quality? which one is better?
  5. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    "Standard", on Epiphone Thunderbirds, means bolt on, so that the neck is applied to the body with long screws. Classic and pro Thunderbirds are neckthru body, so the neck is a 9 stripes piece of wood goin' thru the whole body length with mahogany wings aside.

    P/J means a combination of Precision-like (center) and Jazz-like (bridge) pickups
    but the two (and quality of machineheads) on Rbx170 are less value than the ones on Rbx270j

    The sound is a bit brighter and tighter on Rbx170, but lacks in depth and headroom, which are conversely richer, together with overall sustain, on Rbx270j

    Problem is (and I both had Rbx270j and Standard Thunderbird) that the sound per se, and its capability to cut thru a band mix, is better on your Thunderbird than on both Rbx Yammies.

    Hope this helps

  6. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    to be completely honest, i would put the thunderbird miles ahead of the rbx170ew in playability, tone, and definitely aesthetics. the 170ew i saw (i believe there was some kinda mango model or something) was hands down the ugliest bass ive ever laid eyes on. but thats me.

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