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#1 User is offline   Dan33378 

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 02:08 AM

Ok, please exude my ignorance when it comes to bass I'm hoping someone can tell me a few things about my Thunderbird IV bass. What are active pickups and does this bass have them? Is my Thunderbird a "jazz" bass a precision bass? My bass is all stock no mods. So I'm wondering what kind of pots are in this thing? Tried looking all over the web and can't find any info. Would like to upgrade pups with Seymour Duncan SPB-3 quarter pound. Would these work with my bass?
I kindly appreciate some input.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

View PostDan33378, on 10 July 2013 - 02:08 AM, said:

Ok, please exude my ignorance when it comes to bass I'm hoping someone can tell me a few things about my Thunderbird IV bass. What are active pickups and does this bass have them? Is my Thunderbird a "jazz" bass a precision bass? My bass is all stock no mods. So I'm wondering what kind of pots are in this thing? Tried looking all over the web and can't find any info. Would like to upgrade pups with Seymour Duncan SPB-3 quarter pound. Would these work with my bass?
I kindly appreciate some input.



Hi mate I bought an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV bass last week, now that model has active pickup's I'm sure the standard Thunderbird does not. You can tell which model you have if you turn the bass over and see a battery compartment then you have the Pro IV if there is no compartment the you have the standard Thunderbird.
This link will show you all the models http://www.epiphone....trics/Bass.aspx

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:25 PM

Cask man, thanks for the info. Would you happen to know what kind pots are in it? I have the goth model.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 05:53 AM

View PostDan33378, on 12 July 2013 - 03:25 PM, said:

Cask man, thanks for the info. Would you happen to know what kind pots are in it? I have the goth model.


Sorry mate did you mean pots (controls) or pickup's? either way here are the specs for the PRO IV :

PRODUCT FEATURES
Epiphone T-PRO™ bass humbuckers
Classic through-neck construction
Flush-Mount, fully adjustable
SPECIFICATIONS
Body mahogany
Neck 7-piece (walnut / maple / walnut / maple / walnut / maple / walnut)
Neck Profile SlimTaper™
Neck joint Through-Neck
Truss Rod Double-Action, 2-Way
Fingerboard rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Frets 20-medium jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
Scale Length 34”
Nut Width 1.50" (4-string), 1.93" (5-string)
Neck Pickup Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
Bridge Flush-Mount, fully adjustable
Controls Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ
Tuners Premium die-cast 17:1 ratio
Outputs 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
Hardware Black
Options Hard Case


And here for the Goth version:

PRODUCT FEATURES
TB-Plus™ bass humbuckers
Hard maple neck
Black body and hardware
SPECIFICATIONS
Body mahogany
Neck Hard maple
Neck Profile SlimTaper™
Neck joint Bolt-on
Truss Rod Double-Action, 2-Way
Fingerboard rosewood with dot inlay
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Frets 20-medium jumbo
Nut Width 1.73"
Neck Pickup Epiphone TB Plus bass humbucker
Bridge Pickup Epiphone TB Plus bass humbucker
Bridge 3-point fully adjustable
Controls Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
Tuners Premium die-Cast 17:1
Outputs 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
Hardware Black
Options Hard Case

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:05 PM

Thnx Caskman for all the help. I'm trying to make my bass specs as close to a Gibson as I can by upgrading pups and pots. Thnx again.

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