I have always wanted a Thunderbird but didn't want to put out the expense since I already own an American Fender Jazz bass and a number of guitars. When I saw an Epiphone on sale at a reasonable price I decided to take a chance on it. Boy am I glad I did. It looks, plays and sounds great. It meets my needs perfectly since I use it to record and jam at home. I play guitar in a classic rock band so bass isn't my first instrument so I was pleasantly surprised to get such a great instrument for a good price.