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My Epiphone Thunderbird Saga

Well, that didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped…

As the handful of visitors of this site are well aware, I’ve had a huge crush on the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV for a couple of years now. The day finally came this past September where the stars aligned (as well as my finances) and I finally got my grubby paws on the elusive T-Bird Pro.

I took it home, lovingly wiped it down with a lint-free cloth, grabbed a cup of coffee and plugged into my Crate BT220.

*BBBZZAAARRRRZZZZZZ-HMMMMMMHHHMMMMM-BZZZZZAAAAABBBZZZZUUUUZZZ*

WHAT THE HELL!! The bass buzzed and hummed like a nest of angry bees when I turned up the treble control the slightest little touch. I was heartbroken! My shiny new T-Bird was less than perfection; WHY GOD, WHY?!? *drops to knees, arms skyward*

So, after 3 rounds of unsuccessful repairs at Steve’s Music, I officially pulled the plug and gave the T-Bird Pro its last rites this morning. What to do now? I sold my first T-Bird, which was serving me quite well up until the day I let it go, and all I had now was my crappy Yamaha backup bass. With gigs looming on the horizon, I needed to get a main guitar tout de suite!

Off I set to Ottawa’s various music stores, which are conveniently sprawled across the entire city. I went from downtown to west end, uptown to the south side. After nearly 4 hours of shopping, I had a moment of clarity…

Why the hell don’t I get another Thunderbird IV?

Not a T-Bird Pro, as they’ve proven to be steaming piles of crap, but another T-Bird IV…just like I had before. I already had the $100 case that nothing else fits into, so I hit up Long & McQuade, where I bought my first T-Bird.

The New Thunderbird IV

And there it was, hanging on the same wall as 5 years ago…the T-Bird IV. MY T-Bird. It was like meeting up with an old friend for a beer and talking about the old days:

“Hey, remember that gig we played in Limoges where the cops showed up?

“Sure do, Ger. That was a kickass gig, man.”

“Good times.”

“Good times, indeed.”

So, essentially, I sit here where I left off a month or so ago. The T-Bird IV is in the stand and I find myself looking at it sometimes and feeling a little bit like a rock star. Throw around whatever cliche you want; the grass isn’t always greener…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…whatever.

All I can tell you is that I’m kinda glad I followed the dream of having the T-Bird Pro. If I hadn’t experienced its immense suckitude, I wouldn’t have realized how much I appreciated the old standard T-Bird IV.

I’m so ready to melt your face off with this bass. Get ready.

Ger

 
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Posted by on 15/10/2011 in Gear Reviews

 

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The Day Hath Come…

Finally!!

I’ll give a full review once I’ve put a few hours into playing. Initial reaction: Awe-inspiring. Stay tuned!!

 
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Posted by on 17/09/2011 in Gear Reviews

 

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What’s in Your Case? Essentials for the Gigging Bass Player

Hey…Ger here.

Hot on the heels of the very informative Snare Drums & tuning – Part 3 article by some random, drunken Ottawa drummer, I thought it would be a grand idea to outline what I think are the essential items every bass player should have in his/her guitar case.

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Posted by on 15/06/2009 in Gear Reviews, Gigs

 

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Class Axe is a Class Act

Ger here…

I’m in a perpetual paradox when it comes to musical instruments.  I love music stores, but I have no money to buy anything (yet…c’mon 6-49).

Class Axe

Class Axe

I just so happened to be out on a Sunday drive with my lovely wife and our pooch when we happened upon a little guitar shop in Kemptville called Class Axe guitars.  The place is hard to miss, as it has a big black and white sign in the roof that screams GUITARS at you.  My kinda store!

So, first thing’s first, I went to Tim’s and got a large double-double and backtracked to Class Axe for a little browse around. The store is not too big to begin with and it’s pack to the doors with guitars!  Let the twackin’* begin!

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Posted by on 09/02/2009 in Gear Reviews

 

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Preview: Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV

nikki_sixx_001_051208Hey, it’s Ger the resident floor-rumbler here.

OK, it’s no secret that I’m a huge Nikki Sixx fan.  In fact, I may be close to admitting that I have a slight man-crush on him…and probably have since 1984. Given that fact, it should be no surprise to anyone that I squealed like a schoolgirl when Jer told me about the soon-to-be-released Epiphone Thunderbird Pro!

Holy steamin’ s#!tballs, I want one of these! Upon first look, there was nothing about the instrument I disliked.  It has some of the features of a much more expensive Gibson that I wish my current T-bird had. The biggest of which is a through-body construction…but I’ll get to that in a bit.

So, some features of this beast:

Finishes: The T-bird Pro will initially have three finishes – Vintage Sunburst, Translucent Black and Natural Oil in both a 4-string and 5-string. I absolutely love the translucent black.  The sunburst is cool too, but I think I like the old T-bird IV sunburst a bit more than this updated one.  The natural finish is nice too, but not really my cup o’ tea.

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Posted by on 25/01/2009 in Gear Reviews

 

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Bonesaw’s review of the Zoom H2

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

I thought I would drop my two cents into the pot, in regards to the H2 from Samson/Zoom.  I usually hate Zoom H2reviews since they’re pretty biased, but since I’m not being paid by Zoom/Samson I’m sure my opinion is just as good as the so-called, experts.  Let’s get started!

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Posted by on 30/12/2008 in BoneSaw, Gear Reviews