#1
Is there anyway i can get genuine gibson thunderbird tone out of an epiphone thunderbird. Pickups replacement suggestions? Anything? i know the epiphone thunderbird is not a good bass and i need a new one desperatly , but help is appreciated.

Thanks, Gary
#2
You could look into an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro:

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Thunderbird-ProIV-Bass?sku=581657

Which has a better bridge (gasp) and is neck-thru whereas the normal Epiphone one is bolt-on. Also, I spy different pickups as there's another tone knob. Haven't played one myself or how it stacks up to a Gibson but I would imagine it's a step up from the standard.
#3
i was actually thinking about that..but, doesnt the pro have an active eq system or something? now, ive never played on anything active. what are the differences?
#4
YOure right, the pro is active... active gives it a crisper tone usually
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#5
mmm...maybe i will look into it, but i am actually saving up for an acoustic 200 watt stack right now
#6
Quote by Steve08
You could look into an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro:

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Thunderbird-ProIV-Bass?sku=581657

Which has a better bridge (gasp) and is neck-thru whereas the normal Epiphone one is bolt-on. Also, I spy different pickups as there's another tone knob. Haven't played one myself or how it stacks up to a Gibson but I would imagine it's a step up from the standard.

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#7
yes, yes it is...
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mmm...maybe i will look into it, but i am actually saving up for an acoustic 200 watt stack right now

Don't buy that, it's ridiculous to have a 200 watt stack, get a combo or a stack with real power.
#10
don't get it because a 200 watt stack is not necessary. Either get a stack with some real power or a 200 watt combo. There's no point in getting a low power stack, it's just posing, saying you have a stack. That 200 watt head will only put out 100 watts into 1 cab and 100 watts is a pitiful amount of power to gig with. You'll either have to buy a full stack to get the 200 watts from it or buy a 200 watt combo

In my opinion the bare minimum amount of power you should want from a full 2 cab stack is 500 watts and 300 from a 1 cab half stack.
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#11
They sound the same?
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#12
Quote by Steve08
You could look into an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro:

He's looking for a Thunderbird sound. Active pickups will not sound like a Thunderbird.
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Well, it's not. Acoustic makes great amps but that stack is a complete waste. Get other Acoustic combos, or an Ashdown, a Peavey or a Carvin, they are excellent amps and great price.
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Well, it's not. Acoustic makes great amps but that stack is a complete waste. Get other Acoustic combos, or an Ashdown, a Peavey or a Carvin, they are excellent amps and great price.


+1, you don't really need a stack 'till you can suply the power to drive it properly, other wise it's really just a waste of money & space, hell I'm runnig a 500 watt half stack, if that shows anything.
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#16
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Don't buy that, it's ridiculous to have a 200 watt stack, get a combo or a stack with real power.

That is very true. I have a Fender Bassman 250w with 2x10s. After bartering on a used one, i got it for $220.
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