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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #30 on: December 13, 2017, 01:57:40 AM »
Could the Chinabuckers have been built in that factory to test manufacturing, and quality control, and sold them un-named to test acceptance?
I was thinking along the same lines.

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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2017, 05:28:58 AM »
Epiphone built a new factory to make guitars, could they be making these pickups there? Could the Chinabuckers have been built in that factory to test manufacturing, and quality control, and sold them un-named to test acceptance?

So we were all unwitting beta testers? The cheque is in the post, right?  :mrgreen:

The construction of the Chinabuckers fits this hypothesis. The braided shielding on the hookup cable is not something I commonly associate with pickups from Chinese pickup plants. It is a nice period feature, but I would expect to see generic PVC insulation (and 4-wire + shield hookup) pretty much as standard.

Also, the Chinabuckers weren't simply generic Epiphone/Tokai black Thunderbird pickups with a different cover glued on top. It seems like they went to some effort to get these close to '60s specs. For what reason? To flog them on Eyguitars? I wager that Chinabuckers, or some variation thereof, are going into these new Epiphones.

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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2017, 07:14:53 PM »
I'll stick with Scott's opinion, since he's played basses with both the new Epis and the Chinabuckers and I've played neither.

My understanding is that Epi doesn't make anything for anyone else, either for market testing or for any other reason.

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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #33 on: December 15, 2017, 03:21:22 PM »
Now, if Eyguitars stop selling them... ;)
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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2017, 08:18:03 AM »
I'm now torn between an ebony or a burst Thunderbird. Grr.
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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2017, 07:14:55 AM »
Not readily, not yet. As of today, Sweetwater has four black and two sunburst left in stock, Sam Ash and Zzounds/American Musical are temporarily out.

Too bad about the Australian importer. Maybe someone else will be appointed soon.

Well, as of last night, Sweetwater has no  black ones, since I ordered the last one!
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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #36 on: December 23, 2017, 08:40:27 AM »
They have a nice black Gibson Thunderbird though. It looks great with the all black hardware too. Uwe must be torn between that and the new RD. As cool as the new RD is, for the black finish, I think the edge goes to the birds  :vader:
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Re: Epiphone Vintage Pro mini review
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2018, 12:34:21 PM »
     I am very impressed with this bass, it really sounds like a 60's Thunderbird!

Sorry if this has been discussed many times before but are the pickups in exact 60's 'bird locations? I'm trying to kill my gas and secretly wish they aren't but since you say it does sound like a 60's bird I think I'm in trouble...