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? Thanks!