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Why settle for Gibson when you can have an Epiphone at the same price?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinsok, Feb 23, 2013.


  1. Bredian

    Bredian

    Apr 22, 2011
    Yea, saw that too. Been watching Tbirds. Normally, that wouldn't make my Tbird filter that tops out around $299.
     
  2. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Yeah, this is why Gibson shut down the Fujigen Gakki Elite line. Too many people were asking that same question. Epiphone Elite? Fujigen Gakki? This ain't your momma's Epi.
    Check their Les Pauls. Price is about right.
     
  3. 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
    The BIN on that is pretty good, those are a little hard to find, nice bass.
     
  4. Very possibly a better built instrument than the current Gibson version!
     
  5. 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 an Orville ( Gibson Japan built at this factory) that's easily better than any post '88 Gibson.
     
  6. Kopfjaeger

    Kopfjaeger Guest

    Jun 3, 2011
    Is this a neck through? it looks like it. He posted it is a single piece neck. is that right? or is it laminated with several pieces??

    Sepp
     
  7. Mark4

    Mark4

    Oct 21, 2007
    I think the Elites have set necks.
     
  8. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Here are the specs, from another site:
    Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird Bass Guitar Features:

    •Mahogany wings
    •Grover tuners
    •Rosewood fingerboard
    •One-piece thru body mahogany neck
    •34" scale
    •1-1/2" bone nut
    •20 frets
    •Dual USA humbuckers
    •2 volume, 1 tone controls
    •Nickel hardware

    They were originally called Elites (like the OP posted), but Ovation had an "Elite" line and made Gibson change the name to Elitist.
     
  9. Kopfjaeger

    Kopfjaeger Guest

    Jun 3, 2011
    Hmm,

    I've been hankering me a Thunderbird lately!!:D I'm curious to hear how the necks are on these. One piece neck sort of stumps me. That 's so 1960's!! :D Who does not laminate necks with other woods or different cuts of wood nowadays??

    Can anyone chime in on their experiences with the necks on these basses??

    Sepp
     
  10. 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
    They are set neck, one piece, very nice QC too. Set neck construction will tighten up the note decay, almost like a bolt on neck.
     

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