#1
hey guys,

basicly in the next few weeks im considering upgrading to an epiphone thunderbird from GAK (£194). Any one had experiance with this bass? and delivery from GAK for that matter.

My current bass is a eight yearold bc rich ironbird pro which i got with a laney for £50. the bottom pick up's going (its passive, so its nothing to do with a battery), it's chipped all over theplace and the majority of hardware, howeverhard ive triedto salvage it, is rustedas hell. Reckon its worth doing?

To answer any questions about playing progress, ill point out I learnt to play an intro riff last night in twenty minutes, when at the beginning (when i tried) i failed for 2 days straight and gave up.

I look forwards to your responce.

Juds
#2
no, why? i cant be screwed explainin at the moment but here are some reasons

muddy tone
neck dive
poor upper fret access
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#3
Try a a Les Paul special from Epiphone. I have one and I love it.
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Try a a Les Paul special from Epiphone. I have one and I love it.

i just had a look at it...but it didnt do anything for me. sorry.
#5
i recently ordered some stuff from GAK and it came within a week well packaged however my friend ,like yourself, ordered a epi thunderbird in october and is still waiting for it to come as they ahave none in stock and neither do the UK supplier. At the moment they have told him they should be instock around january 25.
#6
Ive no personal experience of the thunderbird, but just from browsing the bass forum the past few years its clear they don't have a good reputation. They have a neck dive problem and sound muddy, amongst other things.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=877629&highlight=epiphone+thunderbird

Reading this thread should help a bit. Yes, you should probably get a new bass, but just not the thunderbird.
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#7
thunderbird is just an altogether bad bass, too many problems with it
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#8
thanks for the link.

I play stuff ranging from racounteurs to ash to uk subs with a few kinda lacuna coil bits.

For me, access to the higher frets arnt really that importants, as im not a massive jazz or funk fan, just good time rock n roll.

And thanks for the heads up about gak - ill call the store first thing tomorow and enquire.
#9
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thanks for the link.

I play stuff ranging from racounteurs to ash to uk subs with a few kinda lacuna coil bits.

For me, access to the higher frets arnt really that importants, as im not a massive jazz or funk fan, just good time rock n roll.

And thanks for the heads up about gak - ill call the store first thing tomorow and enquire.

Well, even if you never use the upper frets (which is unlikely, no matter what music you play), it's still a pretty poor bass for the money, get one of these, I guarentee you won't regret it:
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/squier-vintage-modified-precisi/71000
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/squier-/71293
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/73652
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/ibanez-gsr-200/582
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#10
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For me, access to the higher frets arnt really that importants, as im not a massive jazz or funk fan, just good time rock n roll.

You may not use all the frets, but when you go up to the 14-17(which are commonly used in most genres) they are in the same sort of position as the 18-20 frets would be on say, a jazz bass. This makes it a lot more uncomfortable to use them.

Plus, if you take your hand all the way to the bottom of the neck anyway you're gonna have to fight the neck dive, which will put you off playing in the upper registers, thus limiting you playing
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You may not use all the frets, but when you go up to the 14-17(which are commonly used in most genres) they are in the same sort of position as the 18-20 frets would be on say, a jazz bass. This makes it a lot more uncomfortable to use them.

Plus, if you take your hand all the way to the bottom of the neck anyway you're gonna have to fight the neck dive, which will put you off playing in the upper registers, thus limiting you playing


you spoke more sense in that post then the majority of posts in the thunderbirf threads combined.

How much differance would it make if I added another hold point for my strap near the neck with a strap lock attached?
#12
it would make the weight distribution better but you're better of going with another bass
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#13
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you spoke more sense in that post then the majority of posts in the thunderbirf threads combined.

How much differance would it make if I added another hold point for my strap near the neck with a strap lock attached?

it would solve part of the problem, but the neck dive would still get you.

the mud however, makes your amp needs really loud- I would suggest getting a less muddy bass so you won't have to buy a louder amp.
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it would solve part of the problem, but the neck dive would still get you.

the mud however, makes your amp needs really loud- I would suggest getting a less muddy bass so you won't have to buy a louder amp.


how big are we talking? Im currently running through a laney 30 watter but occasionsaly run it through a zoom g2 to get a better EQ and drum machine.
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Upgrading to a Thunderbird?
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#16
I think upgrading to a thunderbird would only be a good decision if your current bass was a broom with some rubber bands taped to it.
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