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Thunderbird : A few questions...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Inconnu, May 12, 2015.

  1. Hi!

    I was out looking at basses and I tried a very cheap Epiphone Thunderbird bass (the bolt-on version). The action was high, the neck a bit big for my tastes, but the sound! I mean, it wasn't spectacular (could have had more lows), but the midrange response was a perfect fit with my finger playing. I played a P-bass and a J-Bass with the same amp, and I never had the same feeling. Actually, I surprised myself, I actually prefer the tone of the t-bird!

    I remember playing a USA Gibson once, a while back. I loved the feel (compared to the cheap Epi), but the amp I played it through wasn't doing it justice, so I wasn't blown away, but now... I've got to know more about those.

    Well, to the questions now:

    - There's no way I'd get the bolt-on entry level Epiphone, but what about the other models ?
    - How those the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV (with USA pickups, neck through, similar specs as the Gibson), compare to the Gibson, for 1/3 of the price?
    - They are different Gibson versions, and prices vary of around 1k between the cheapest and the most expensive version. What are the differences between them?
    - Is there any other bass around, by another manufacturer, with the same type of midrange response, out there, that I could compare it to?

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  2. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    The Classic is 95% of the bass at 33% of the price, IMO, compared to the US Standard version.

    Most of the differences in prices are cosmetics or limited run availability driven, not sound or feel.
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  3. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson! Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    I've not played a Gibson Bird, but the Epi Classic Pro is a special bass. I am extremely happy with mine, and, if it had a 5th string, it'd probably be my main bass.
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  4. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I had an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV...one of the best active basses I've ever played, especially with flatwounds, but this time I'm going for the Epiphone Classic IV.
    I went to Guitar Center Saturday to buy one but they're out of stock and they aren't expecting any at the warehouse until the 16th.
    I tried the Golden Anniversary Gibson Thunderbird last week and the Epiphone sounds every bit as good.
    If I had $1,900 I'd buy the Gibson...it looks fantastic in Gold, but for $399 the Epiphone is the winner, hands down, and I have a feeling Gibson is going to raise the price to $499 in January. 4vftya.
    I have a feeling this will sound incredible with the new LaBella Gold tapewounds.
    Last edited: May 12, 2015
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  5. Epi Classic 4= awesome bass.
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