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for my birthday im going to be getting my second bass. im pretty good by now, and want something better than my starter bass, lol. (id have upgraded sooner but have no cash myself, lol) i am thinking an Epiphone Thunderbird as i mostly play metal and its supposed to be a good bass, and is only 300$s which is basically my max (or close to it.

id definatly get it, except that a few songs use a 5 string and i wanna be able to play those without ****ing with my tuning, so i was thinking about a 5-string. but i dont know any that are fairly cheap, any ideas, or experience with either of them?
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#2
I would stay away from the Epi Thunderbird. They have quite a few problems. What is your current bass and amp? Unless there's a significant problem with the bass or you already have a good amp then spend that $300 on an amp.
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I'd agree with aixel and avoid the thunderbird, I know some say it's a nice bass, but I've heard so many reports of it's awful neckdive. Also, if you need to upgrade your amp before your bass look into that. Otherwise I'd suggest looking at Schecters, ESPs or MIM Fenders.
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Epis Tbirds are awful. Huge neckdive issue and really high action from the factory. Upgrade your amp, it will improve your sound in ways you can't imagine.
#5
Unless you have a really crappy current bass I'm with the amp upgraders.
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#6
i recently did upgrade my amp, its not great, but its definatly decent and way better than my old one. my amp is a Crate BT15 and my bass is a Silvertone. besides the epi thunderbird is there any other good metal type basses for 300$? i may be able to get 400, but thats the absolute max.
EDIT: does anyone know if the traben array five string is good? its affordable, and 5 strings so it seems like a good choice. the BC rich ones are so ****ing sick looking...and all over 600$
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i recently did upgrade my amp, its not great, but its definatly decent and way better than my old one. my amp is a Crate BT15 and my bass is a Silvertone. besides the epi thunderbird is there any other good metal type basses for 300$? i may be able to get 400, but thats the absolute max.
EDIT: does anyone know if the traben array five string is good? its affordable, and 5 strings so it seems like a good choice. the BC rich ones are so ****ing sick looking...and all over 600$


yea, go for a new amp first, then check out basses, and if you're looking for basses better than what you got, you should save up some more money, it will be a lot easier to find the tone and reliabllity you want with only 300 bucks

and don't get a thunderbird
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#10
i've become nearly obsessed with the BC Rich widow 5 string, its 700 na dim really considering using B-day/ chanuka/ my savings for it. is it worth it?
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#11
^^yes it is worth doing that i did that last year and went from looking at an ibenez SR355 at my birthday finally getting my ESP B405 and im so glad i did that.


but for $300 tw ogood 5 strings are ESP155 (really good bass for the money) and the Ibanez SR300 wich is an okay choice.

but seriously i recomend you get an amp two good aptions are the fender bassman 100 and the ampeg BA115
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#12
im in a almost identical situation with even the same bass
id say get a new amp if yours is bad but if yours is ok/good then get the t-bird
and dont worry about the neck dive my friend said that its v simple 2 fix
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