Hey TB'ers! I have a Epiphone Thunderbird , I've had it 5 years . The pickups or wiring are sounding suspect, as I can hear pops and clicks while playing occssioonally, and sometimes I will lose a lot of volume randomly. I'm using new cables and patch cables, with new pedals, so I doubt they are the issues. I am going to look at the electronics later today . I am thinking about upgrading the p ups on the thunderbird. I am looking at Seymour Duncan's Basslines SSB-4 set , because of their price point and how they are reviewed. I love this bass, regardless of it's bad reviews , haha. I use this bass specifically to play only down tuned stoner metal. I am at the point of considering getting the p ups upgrade, or getting a new bass . I would much rather get some good p ups and clean up the electronics than get a new bass, but I am open to the possibility. If I went with a new bass, id like to stay under $500. I'm just open to input . Thank you all!