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Rating and Reviews: Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage

Modeled after the 1960s original, the Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro features ProBucker pickups, a Tune-o-Matic bridge, and neck-through construction.

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"Rock Beast" submitted April 14, 2018

By Don S in Bombay, NY
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Musical Background: Weekend warrior with aspirations for more.
Music Style: High energy rock/blues.
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Overall: This bass sounds awesome! I am primarily a Fender Precision with flats guy, but the band I'm in is leaning toward a more gritty, roundwound rock tone. (Think Allen Woody)This bass is definitely not as ergonomic as a Precision, but it has more output, and and nails a nasty rock tone. The neck feels like it goes on for miles, but is easily playable. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but I wanted something different, and really like the new, (for me), look.The only negative is I received the bass with zero setup. No neck relief, even after tuning, all frets buzzed! I had to laugh at the QA tags stating it was set up. Every bass I have ever ordered was somewhat set up and just needed some tweaking... not this one!The quality of the instrument is good, just not the company setup. (Can't blame the bass for that).
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"the rebirth of the true tbird bass." submitted June 22, 2018

By Damon Deluca in Phoenix, AZ
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Musical Background: professional touring musician 30+ years in the business
Music Style: hard rock
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Overall: 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.
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