Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
This bass guitar is the best for me since I play Metal/Hardcore, Jazz and Punk. You can easily change the sound by using the knobs (I have heard someone make a pretty good copy of the Rickenbacker sound on this bass guitar). It also works very well with my pedal Boss Metal-Zone. I got this bass guitar because I wanted the high C so there were some string changing but it works really well with the high C (E A D G C). It's not noisy at all, its pretty much the perfect one for me. Too bad they don't have a 6 string version (wink).
Overall Impression — 8
It's perfect for the rock and and metal, also works well with jazz and funk. I have been playing for 5 years now and I own a Cort A4 and a Peavey Millennium 4. I wish it was a 6 string version as well. If it got stolen, I would go nuts and chase the person down. If not, I would get a new one. I don't like the neck dive even if that is adjustable, It just disturbs me that they didn't fix that problem. I compared it to the rest of the store because I have been going in and out and trying out different models. I also have a memory with the Thunderbird being the first bass guitar that I tried out 5 years ago and it gave me a good impression on how a bass guitar should sound like.
Reliability & Durability — 9
As I wrote before, its the perfect bass guitar for me, it works very well live. The strap buttons could have been moved a little (as I did). I would depend on it and I would not need a back up, just back up of batteries since its a active bass guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
It was set up pretty okay. Some minor changes with the action. The pickups are well placed. The shape and the neck dive is a minor problem but easily fixed. You just put it in a case and adjust the strap buttons so the weight lays somewhere else. It might be one of those bass guitars that is not build as an tank but it will survive a fall and students playing with it.
Features — 9
- 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 Natural Oil (it looks beautiful) - 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