Nikki Sixx Blackbird review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (26 votes)
Epiphone: Nikki Sixx Blackbird
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Price paid: A$ 900

Purchased from: Gallin's Music

Sound — 8
This bass is built for rock n' roll. If your looking to play anything else then you better off getting another bass. It has a very ballsy raw deep sound which is meant for the rock n' roll sound, due to the DeepSIXX pickups which were designed by the preferences of Nikki Sixx. It is incredibly loud compared to any other bass due to the killswitch only control which sends it from zero to full blast with a flick of a Switch. The thing which is a negative about this bass is the lack of versatility. But if you want that fixed sound which is perfect for rock n' roll then look no further.

Overall Impression — 8
The bass is made for my style of music, pure ROCK N' ROLL! I don't really play any other style so it doesn't bother me with the lack of versatility. I know others will bagg this bass out for not having the versatility but I don't really want anything more, this bass is perfect for me for the price. I just wish that this bass didn't neck dive as its really uncomfortable to play at times but its just something I'm just going to have to get use to. I really love the sound of the pickups, they just sound so great for my style and I also really like the look of it, it's just got the "Looks That Kill". I tried out other basses durig my search for a new bass. I tried the Epiphone Thunderbird IV, the Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision and an Epiphone Riper. Of all I felt the most comfortable with this one as it was simple and raw. If this bass was stolen I would freak out, and I would buy another right away.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is very solid. Everything on it seems it would last a lifetime. I think it would withstand heavy live playing. The only is that it tends to neck dive quite easily which is a real let down. It is extrememly neck heavy which is due to the strap buttons being place in the wrong position. I will fix that later on. I would depend on this any day without a backup, it is just such a solid guitar. The finish is quite nice, it feels good and looks good to. The matte finish feels like it would last quite a while compared to most other matte finish while feel very brittle.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
I bought it Brand New so it was in great condition. The action on the guitar was great, very comfortable to play. The pickups were adjusted just right. No flaws at all everything was alright, just a bit of dust which was easily cleaned off after purchased.

Features — 7
Handcrafted in China (but don't let that put you off), it's got 20 frets with a scale of 34 inches. The body is a thunderbird style which is most prefered by Nikki Sixx. The body is made of Mahogany wood and the neck Hard Maple with a Rosewood fingerboard with Iron cross inlays. Two DeepSIXX humbuckers, with a killswitch, which is the only control on the bass. No volume control, no tone controls, no pickups Switch, just one kill switch. It's also got an Opti-Grab thing which is used for keeping the bass balanced whilst playing. The bass came with a case and a leather DSL strap. There aren't many features but this allows for the raw ballsy tone which this bass possesses.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    jannick
    too many frets on this thing... could loose one or two strings as well
    DwizzleDizzle
    vasil wrote: dude whats with the nazish eagle??
    dude thats the thunderbird figure thats on just about every T-bird and Fire Bird if im not mistaken.
    lvskipper
    DwizzleDizzle wrote: vasil wrote: dude whats with the nazish eagle?? dude thats the thunderbird figure thats on just about every T-bird and Fire Bird if im not mistaken.
    you are correct i've had the occasion of playing it a couple times and i can say i LOVE that bass. the sound, the look, the feel everything was just so right about it
    sixxfreak1214
    i really dont mind not having the volume. the on and off switch is cool in my opinion and the tone of it sounds great perfect for hard rock, classic rock, and 80's.
    2848_RAD
    hey just to clear things up, I payed $900 australian dollars, so i dont think i really got ripped off. Everything in Australia cost like three times as much as anywhere else in the world.
    dogge456
    the thing is that the B-bird was made without a volume control just because of the simple idea that: either u go rock n roll, or u go nothing. *nikki sixx i love this bass, the rough sound, the look. u just need to be a man and stop crying that its neck heavy! peace!
    sixxfreak1214
    u did get ripped off man i bought mine brand new for 399 but got it discounted to 350. i do like the sound that it pushes out definitely worth the money but not your $900 price
    bradisenor
    love this bass. play alot of iron maiden on it and it sounds amazing. also playing the triplets on it is very easy to do and quite comfortable. good tone as it is so i really dont mind that it just has the kill switch. i also play it live and is sounds loud enough (useing a fender rumble 60 amp) to be heard well with 2 guitarist 1 singer and a crazy loud drummer, but not so loud it overpowers the rest of the band. i paid 600 canadian dollars for it and its worth every penny..
    Vic Magnetic
    I paid $500 and tax with a hard shell case inculed....Great deal and if you're playing balls out rock....then your volume and tone are maxed out anyway....This bass is all any Rock Bass player would want and need imo. Well worth a purchase for a Rock Bass player. "Get it, You won't Regret it!"
    RedneckBBQ
    hey hey, i gott this bass like 4 weeks ago and this bass realy fun to play on it is bass with a kick in the ass, i realy like it. my bass was 489.- and it was worth it... i lile everything about it the flatblack paint the two humbuckers the nek the inlay.... simpel to say ; it is the rock'n roll bass
    DwizzleDizzle
    hmmm overall idk ive always enjoyed Tbirds, even with the really neck heavy aspect, i dont mind it much, but this is what i dont really like about signature models, he completely ****ed it up, like in my opinion there should be a volume knob, and at least a tone nob to adjust things. And ya with a T bird there isnt much tone to adjust, its pretty much all that heavy punch but still i prefer alot of tone range in my basses, ive got a Fender J Deluxe, that thing is all sorts of tone, apart from volume, i have the traditional low, mid, high knobs but i also have a pickup adjust knob (cant think of the exact name) and i can give it a full blast jazz or precision tone, or keep it in the middle and just give it a slight edge to one or the other, it goes all over the place if i want it to...but thats just me, i can see how buying a sig, you would be looking for the bassists sound, so it makes sense to have it just be like ok turn the amp on and there u go, but still, i think there should be a volume haha
    Dakkstar
    so it's really top heavy like the Thunderbird, that's a shame, I used to play a "goth" thunderbird and it was ultra top heavy. That was a huge hinderer while playing.
    lildude_6859
    it looks really cool, but only 20 frets??? for 20 frets, this thing has to be huge for the scale...i have a Washburn XS-2 and it is 24 frets with like a 35" scale!
    dlheidemann
    Irritating, yes. 20 frets? Epiphone? Nikki Sixx? Sounds like this bass shouldn't have ever been made. Oh, and nearly all basses are neck heavy. Man, you paid $900 for that thing?? What a rip...