#5
That'll be because there are lots of people in emo bands drop-tuning and playing root notes, who pick the Thunderbird because they think it looks good and because they can't afford (or aren't worthy of) something more solid - playability be damned, since they're not doing anything complicated anyway.

Just because a lot of people buy something, doesn't mean it's any good.
#6
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I was just wondering because it's the top selling bass on Guitarcenter.com.

unfortunatly, stores use those words "top seller" to boost sales for slow moving merchandise.
thats just marketing. i find it very un-likely that the T-bird is their top seller. they are sub-par basses. your Ibanez is a better playing and sounding bass. good luck
#7
Well not only that but I was reading all the reviews on it and people seemed happy with it. I myself think I'm just going to pick up a Fender P bass but I like to look at all the options.
#8
Save yo' money and get a nicer bass that is worth upgrading to. LIke you said, the Fender P bass is awesome and also look at the Jazz. Remember, Ibanez make quality basses too.
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#9
That would be a downgrade....


But the Thunderbird would be great in the sense that you upgrade it until it's actually worth something
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#10
Our bassist has one and I think it's really good, not as good as an actual Thunderbird.
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#11
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That would be a downgrade....


But the Thunderbird would be great in the sense that you upgrade it until it's actually worth something


Not so much a down grade as a side-grade as Fitz always says

It's not worth it because you'll find that for the money it won't be better than your current bass.
#12
I have an Ibanez SR505 and it is wonderful, surprisingly cheap too.

Also ESP's are good but i found you need to spend quite a bit more money to get one that is better than an Ibanez

Fender's are good basses but not my kind of bass
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#14
if you have the bass i think you have, it should last you a while longer. save your money and upgrade to a truly good bass.
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#15
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Not so much a down grade as a side-grade as Fitz always says

It's not worth it because you'll find that for the money it won't be better than your current bass.

Correct. I have a pseudo-formula that I apply when considering upgrades. In my opinion, if a bass is really an upgrade, the price of the bass you have in mind should be roughly twice the price you paid for your current bass (in most cases). That way, you'll find that the new bass will totally replace your old one, hence the upgrade. If it's less than twice the price, you'll find yourself using both your new bass and your old bass. They'd be in the same bracket, hence the 'side-grade'.
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#16
yeah in actuality the Squier affinity P bass is probably thier "top seller" thats my guess
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#17
a jazz bass is always an upgrage IMO
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#18
hey dude just started and just saw that u wanted 2 know bout thunderbird epiphone well i have 1 myself (sunburst color) it is really kool the guitar and its really easy to do passing notes etc and the frets r easy 2 press. i myself use precision bass rather than jazz, (dont like the thiness of the neck) but hey anyway its u decison at theend of it.

P.S The body of the thunderbird bass is quite big if ur used to playing with fender squier etc