My experience with Gibson Thunderbirds is about 30 minutes, which is how long I played one at a GC one day a few years ago. It was nice. The tone seemed okay through a 25W Ampeg and it was comfortable on my lap while sitting. However, I do not have any real-world experience with one and I am considering ordering a newer model. So......what can you Thunderbird experts tell me about Thunderbirds? I have read a multitude of threads on TB about Thunderbirds, but I'd like to see if I can get a consensus. How is the tone? My measuring stick is a Fender '63 Reissue P-Bass....how do you think they compare? I read that these have neck dive issues and that they are not comfortable to wear. Is this true? I read that playability is similar to a Ric. Will the edge of the body dig into my forearm like a Ric will? I read that they are somewhat fragile basses? Is this accurate? Do these pair well with a certain string? What else should I know about these?