Discussion in 'Bass' started by Dorian2, Nov 22, 2019.
I was just looking around in kijiji this morning and this was the first thing that came up. I'd been watching a few Bass videos on assorted stuff since I seriously went for playing more Bass 3 weeks ago with the LTD. This really appealed to me and the price was very fair for a near mint guitar. 1 tiny little scratch somewhere on the front bottom left that you can't really see. And honestly I don't care either way, I actually wish it was a little more used. He said it was sitting there for a couple of years because he uses the Thunderbird IV Pro mostly, which is neck through. I've just finished cleaning it up a bit, checking the electronics, drinking a beer, etc. Love the feel and sound with the separate volumes for each pup and a tone knob. Thinner neck to me at this point because the LTD is a chunky wide load. Feels like my LP but slightly thinner width and a bit thicker, but basically perfect for my guitar hands. What better Bass guitar for a guy who likes Hard Rock, Gibsons, and Humbuckers? You'll see it in action in hopefully a week if not sooner as I've been working on my 3rd Youtube video so I can show you guys where I'm at either in week 3 or 4 of playing. Here's a shot of it on my bench after polishing.
Definitely needs a setup, but the relief and intonation are perfect. Probably factory. I read a bit on the 3 point bridge so I'm a gonna dig into that. Anyone familiar with that setup routine?
That is one hot and sexy looking bass.
I am so looking forward to hearing you play!
Gibson/Epiphone 3 point bridge setup.
Thanks. I was reading that very post late last night. Along with a couple of others elsewhere. So with 2 or 4 beers in me I just took the Epi to the bench, checked to see where the bridge lay as far as level is concerned. Noted that the Bass side was a bit higher than the treble, so I just turned the 2 back screws 1/2 turn and the front 1/4 turn. Apparently the front screw being a tad higher is important for the break angle according to some random poster somewhere, and that made sense to me. Tuned it up, took it to the speakers and tested, went back and repeated, this time turning each of the 3 1/2 turn. I think I did that about 3 times and called it quits. Ended up having a waaaay better action than previously but one extra bit that was missed in the post is really important. The previously perfect intonation was now a good 1/4 step closing in on a 1/2 step flat, which wasn't surprising. I'll be doing more adjustments today. It was the quickest and easiest partial setup I've done on something new to me. I really like that system actually. Hell of a lot easier than my LP.
Nice score there, I really like/want a thunderbird.
Nice to hear that they set up well with beer!
I made a couple of adjustments with the pickups. Looked like someone had "been into them" as they looked roughed up. One of the drawbacks of Epiphone using cheaper and much smaller amounts of material in their screws. I wasn't blind to the fact that this would be the case so it's pretty meaningless. There's ways around that. I still can't do the intonation because of what I expected would happen overnight. We're at 45% RH and the Bass told me so this afternoon. The previously perfect neck relief was swelling up like a balloon. Brought it down just under a 1/4 turn. Played it for a bit so I'm starting to feel where its at.
Back when I did summer music camps, there was a kid with an Epiphone Thunderbird bass. Sounded great, played great, looked awesome. Sometimes Epiphones bore me and sometimes they're fantastic.
Lowered the action a bit more and set the intonation today. Also put the Truss rod cover back as it was still good from yesterday. It's all passive so I can dial it in a lot better than the Active EQ on the Viper. It just feels more natural to me because of my guitars. But I'm not knocking the active as it's great in its own way. The Bass is feeling quicker so that's a good sign. I still might take it in to a pro though. Then I'll have a good base setup to reference.
Isn’t wonderful to be able to have the knowledge of doing your own setup? I admire you greatly!
Thanks G. I can get by with the basics but there's still a lot that I haven't attempted. Still have a LOT to learn about it as every instrument has its own variation. And it takes away from playing time unfortunately.
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Nice score. For someone reason, I prefer that body shape in a bass more than in a guitar. But it's all just personal preference.
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