Submitted June 22, 2018 by Damon Deluca in Phoenix, AZ
"the rebirth of the true tbird bass."
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the look. SMOKIN. I got the ebony black one and with all the chrome, it looks spectacular. EVERYONE who sees it says so, even non musicians.
the bad thing first - the frets were not polished on the ends and i cut my fingers just trying to test the action. i contemplated returning the bass, but i loved it so much i just busted out a file and filed the sharp ends off 5 minutes after i took it out of the box.
2nd bad thing, it DOES NOT FIT the standard epiphone tbird case. it's about an inch and half too long. solution - put the headstock end in, and press down the foam at the end of the body until it fits. i used a steel wrench to reshape the foam so the bass now fits in a standard epi t bird hard case.
the good things -
TONE ! it has that bright snappy string tone that the ceramic buckers on the modern tbirds lack. it does not have as much pure bottom as an old 70s bird, but maybe that develops over time. i actually set the tone knobs on my amp at 'flat' and just play the bass with tone knob pulled back 30 %. it doesn't need any eq to sound great.
the giant headstock ! - it's easily an inch bigger than the standard tbird iv headstock.
the neck is a baseball bat, it's so thick in the center that i don't think ibanez players will like it. i know that having a thicker neck changes the tone of the bass so i will say i'm fine with it. i have seen personally on two of the same bass, one with a thicker vintage neck, that a thicker neck adds more bottom to your tone.
the bridge ! - the chrome claw tailpiece bridge is gorgeous. it also allows easy quick string change without 'dragging' the string through a hole just above the finish.
the weight and balance - i have 4 or 5 thunderbirds, including a gibson blackbird, and none of them have had good neck balance, until now ! this one the neck stays where it is due to the perfect placement of the forward strap pin.
this is the multi-ply neck so it should not go out of tune in odd weather.
this bass draws attention. make no mistake. everyone wants to see it.
professional touring musician 30+ years in the business
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