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  • What do you think of the Epiphone Thunderbird?

    I'm scouting out cool/inexpensive basses for my friend, but there are none in th' local guitar center.

    So what do you think?

    Thanks,
    Alex

  • #2
    I believe kerosene has one....
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    • #3
      I liked both of my non-reverse 5 stringers....
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      • #4
        They rock. Im going to try and finish my soundclips tonight.

        Im glad Im keepin her!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by KeroseneTrewthe
          They rock. Im going to try and finish my soundclips tonight.

          Im glad Im keepin her!


          How were you able to pull off keeping both?

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          • #6
            I was kind of wondering about these basses too. I was thinking of either getting one of these or one of those new ibanez iceman basses.

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            • #7
              If you could characterize the tone of the Thunderbird,how would you discribe it? thanks

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              • #8
                t-bird = rock

                I have the same model and NoiseFactory did. 5-string non-reverse. I love mine.

                I've played the newer ones and I like them as well. The Nikki Sixx model also has a good sound to it. Thin necks and ballsy.

                From my experience:

                Mid range-y with a little bite on the highs. You can play it with fingers and get some rounder lower sounds. If you planning to play fusion/ Jaco stuff, keep looking. If you plan to bang out some rock, play a t-bid. And not many bassess look cooler.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by el_duderino676


                  How were you able to pull off keeping both?



                  I was able to pull some of my vacation money out from work.

                  Its all good now.


                  Yeah, like someone posted. It has a nice mid range warm growl to it. Not over the edge growl but it just sounds warm. Its not extremely versatile though but if it has the sound your looking for it does it well.
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                  • #10
                    I want to try one now, thanks guys.

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                    • #11
                      NECK HEAVY. make sure you try it out standing up for a bit before you buy, i bought one after playing sitting down, and then when ii got home, it couldnt stand having to hold the neck up all the time. so make sure you try for a while, standing, before buying.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by musicjunky
                        NECK HEAVY. make sure you try it out standing up for a bit before you buy, i bought one after playing sitting down, and then when ii got home, it couldnt stand having to hold the neck up all the time. so make sure you try for a while, standing, before buying.


                        that's why you snap the neck off and install a warmoth neck.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by el_duderino676


                          that's why you snap the neck off and install a warmoth neck.


                          Its not something to do with the neck, I dont think.

                          I hate neck-heavy basses. It's the one thing I will never tolerate on a bass. Ever.
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                          • #14
                            i use a thunderbird and its awesome! I just put flatwounds on it and ive never had a better sound. I play alot of heavy stoner rock and its perfect. I even got rid of my spector cause i like it so much.
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                            • #15
                              I had bought one of the early versions with thunderbird type pups for a nephew. Rather reminded me of the tone, playability & tone dislikes of the 1970's gibson bicentenial thunderbird I had back then. Nice for dark finger style play, but not good for pick playing. Is bassically what I'd call a ark nassally voice. Also Like the 70's gibson version the balance between pups was also rather odd and uneven. Very neck divey. And though its not the longest bass I've played, feels like it is. My BC Rich amer warlock is longer, but feels shorter then the tbird to me in playing.

                              If you really like the thunderbird sound for your playing style. Then the epi with thunderbird style pups is a very good copy of the 70's gibson tbirds for tone, playabilty, & feel.
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