Price paid: £ 369.99
Purchased from: Gear4music
Sound — 9
I play a lot of thrash metal, a little black metal and some heavy metal. The Thunderbird suits these styles perfectly. I love the sound as you are very easily able to (due to the EQ and active pickups) create a low drone for death metal but also its surprising how easy it is to Switch to bright, poppy P-Bass sound. When it comes to jazz and funk, the old T-Bird models never stood a chance. However the new Pro series has overcome this hurdle and its not too hard to pull out a nice funky tone. In my opinion, and due to this being my bass, you will all dismiss me for being a fanboy for saying this, but I personally think that the new Epiphone Thunderbird Pro series has a superior sound to that of the Gibson Thunderbirds. I think that the Pro series is far more versatile and produces a stronger sound. However this is all opinion so if you wish, dismiss whatever I say. The T-bird only seems to get noisy if I max the settings on the amp, T-bird and my effects pedal. Overall, I think if you are looking for a great rock n' roll bass for a good price, this is where you should be looking. If you are looking for a jazzy feel or you play a lot of funk then this is not for you unfortunately.
Overall Impression — 10
It's perfect for everything rock and metal. My other guitar is an Encore PK-20 which is a beginners bass and that is it. My bass amp is a Marshall MB15 which I feel doesn't show the T-bird's full power. When I was in the shop trying it out, I tried several others. None had quite the same power that is in the T-bird. I wish the finish didn't rub off so easily but I guess that happens with all guitars over time.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I would definitely use this live, however I would have strap locks in place as the awkward shape and the position of the strap buttons means it can easily fall. I wouldn't gig without a backup anyway but I think the T-bird is definitely strong enough and if I wasn't able to gig with a backup, the T-bird on its own would do. The finish as I previously stated, is easily damaged.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When the T-bird arrived it was very badly set-up. I had to change the action completely. The pickups, however were set-up rather well. I have to say however the finish can very easily be damaged. When playing on stage, I may wear a spiked bracelet which has caused a few scratches on the body. Due to the awkward shape of the bass, it didn't sit steady in the stand and so has once fell to the side, hitting the wall. It wasn't a hard fall but the finish on the headstock is dented.
Features — 9
Made in June 2009 20 frets 7-piece neck (alternating walnut/maple) Thru-neck construction Rosewood fretboard 5 String Nut Width: 1.93" Body wings: Mahogany 3 finishes available: Vintage Sunburst, Translucent Black and Natural Oil I have the Translucent Black Classic Thunderbird shape with a fully-adjustable flush-mount bridge T-PRO active humbucker pickups with an 3 EQ settings and a volume knob Pickups are set in the middle and at the bridge Non-locking premium die-cast 14:1 bass tuners Slim-taper neck profile Epi-designed straight-string pull headstock Black pickguard with classic thunderbird logo Came with a cheap cable (same ones found in local music store for 1) and an allen key