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Thunderbird or jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by patrickroberts, Nov 13, 2001.


  1. patrickroberts

    patrickroberts

    Aug 21, 2000
    Wales, UK
    i am wondering hether to buy an epiphone tunderbird or a squier jazz.......can someone give me the low-down on each
     
  2. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    have you played em both? whihc did you prefer?
    in my opinion the thunderbird looks better but that is probabaly just cos i am a little biased against fenders. jazz bass plays nicely though, and never played a thunderbird
     
  3. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    JAZZ! T Birds are butt ugly, IMO!:p
     
  4. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    they are NOT butt ugly!!! would you rather have bass that looks the same as a thousand others or do you want somehting with a little bit of character to it?
    but i guess some poeple cant just see further than their own damn P bass;)
     
  5. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    You could always do what I'm doing--build an Explorer with a Jazz neck. :D
     
  6. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    For the price of a Thunderbird or a little bit more you could get a Fender Standard Jazz Bass, which to me would be a step up from the Epiphone and big step up from the Squier.
     
  7. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    bassmonkee that sounds very sweet!!!:D
     
  8. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Gotta justify it somehow--"But, honey, I don't HAVE a hybrid Jazz/Explorer yet."

    :D
     
  9. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I almost bought Epiphone T-bird 5. It had cool rock'n'roll-type of sound(and awesome looks!), but then again it was pretty one tone monster.. and it's B sucked big time :D

    I'd buy one if I'd stuble across cheap one someday, but for main bass I don't think T-bird is your thing, except for perhaps if you play only rock, heavy or punk. Or if the only other option would be Squier Jazz.
     
  10. red-hot-bassist

    red-hot-bassist

    Sep 18, 2001
    glasgow
    what do ya mean mokeeeybouy, is it still in the works or did you lose your hammer and nails? and glue, and stick backed plastic? and yoghurt pots??;)
     
  11. yawnsie

    yawnsie

    Apr 11, 2000
    London
    It's all subjective of course, but I'd agree with Bassmonkee about getting a MIM Jazz. Of course, if you have to choose between the T-Bird and the Squier...

    I've only played a Gibson T-Bird, so I'm not really sure about how an Epi would compare to a Squier, but IMO Epiphones are generally better than the budget Fenders. In general though, it depends on whether you like the T-Bird sound - if not, get the Jazz.
     
  12. Having played a t-bird, my only complaint about it was its neck-dive problem. Very head-heavy bass.

    But which did you prefer?

    FF
     
  13. patrickroberts

    patrickroberts

    Aug 21, 2000
    Wales, UK
    I think i am gonna go with the guy said 'get a fender standard jaz', thats what i wil do, they are between £250-300 in the uk, so i should break the bank cheers guys!