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What is the difference between epiphone thunderbird?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rokkitt, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. rokkitt


    Jun 7, 2007
    bronx, nyc
    I had one.... Sunburst..bolt neck..black trim. Erik on talkbass here traded it to me.

    I am thinking of the new white epi third coming out in sept.

    Or maybe the white one for sale here...or the black transparent one here.

    Does anyone know the "pecking order" of quality and differenc even between the models?

    I hear epi IV. Pro. Custom. Words like that

    Can someune lend a hand?

  2. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    The (active) pro is the top of the line on epiphone thunderbirds thus far, the classic pro, soon to be available, looks to be of equal quality. The pro has a preamp and a nicer bridge, the classic has gibson pups.
  3. The Pro is also neck-thru as opposed to bolt on, for those who prefer that.

    I would if was into birds.
  4. rokkitt


    Jun 7, 2007
    bronx, nyc

    so far,

    the standard Epiphone Tbirds have... (is this the IV model)

    bolt on neck
    regular Epiphone pups

    Pro model has...

    neck thru
    active electronics
    standard Epiphone pups

    The new Classic Pro has...

    same/equal build quality
    same neck thru
    same active electronics
    but.... Gibson pups

    kinda in the right direction?

    I am interested in a white or black (not goth flat black) epi Tbird......

  5. rokkitt


    Jun 7, 2007
    bronx, nyc
    oh, as far as a niver bridge.... dont we just get the bridge from that guy on the board here..... "intonation without modification?"

    hahaha cheap free plug for you sir!

    well, really, does anyone here use his bridge?

    I might have to try one

  6. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups

    I have one to use on my Greco Thunderbird when it gets a refin. It's a very high quality part designed for '60s vintage Thunderbirds (the original Gibson design did not have enough travel in the saddles to intonate properly) without modification - It's so good that Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick uses it.....
  7. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    I believe the new classic pro is passive, no active preamp.
  8. kjpollo


    Mar 17, 2008
    +1, I beleve this is correct.

    personally, I'm waiting for the Classic to come out before I decide which one I'm getting.
    This is finally the year that I get a Tbird and its either going to be a Pro or a Classic- I cant wait to see some reviews on the Classic. I already know I like the Pro- I played one a few months ago at a GC (must've been VERY new to the sales floor because it had a very decent setup on it). Even with the active pre, you dont get a Jazz-type high end out of it, but thats not why you're buying it, right?

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