Alright cool, I'm just looking for something to play in my free time that I want to last for a while, I might just head over to a GC and pick up an EB-3. Also I think we are going to need one for my band.
Alright, I just thought of that one instantly when you mentioned the 150, as I definitely advise keepin away from that one I posted. It's actually the bolt-on short scale EB0 with an added bridge humbucker, and although pretty good for the money, if you can get the EB3 for nearly the same price, it's a totally different animal.
The thunderbird isn't a bad bass for the money, but if I were in your shoes I'd wait the new Thunderbird pro's out and compare those to the EB3. The latter is definitely a steady performer and albeit quite neck-heavy, I feel it's still easier to hold and play than the thunderbird.
I was looking at that, but not for the one for 150. The guy wants too much for his, it's a used second and he wants 275 for it. Either I will get an EB-3 and be happy for 300, or a thunderbird for 220.
The nut upgrade really helped on this one, the original plastic nut totally killed the tone and made the pickups sound all honky and shit. I strung it with EBS Northern Lights afterwards and it sings now. Pianolike tones through those swampy sounding pickups, and in the middle position the output those slags have easily drives the Laney Super 100 head I'm using with it.
Btw, you're not looking at this by any chance, are you?
That's right. It's working fantastically for me. It's an '06 MIK, long scale neck with set joint. I've had it for about a year, and I've done minimal upgrades to it, namely the nut, tone caps and cavity shielding, everything else is stock.
I originally got her because I was looking for a new bass, but wasn't intrigued on getting something generic like a jazz bass or a sting ray. The stock pickups sound good, very authentic, and - like the original - are VERY microphonic. So if you like those clatter and scratch noises, or alternately don't mind using a noise gate, this is easily one of the most unique and rootsy sounding basses out there. For $150 it's a steal.