I bought this bass only because I scored an amazing deal on it. A Gibson Thunderbird normally sells for $150 less and definately has more features, meaning you're paying for someone's endorsement who rarely uses this model (Nikki himself generally plays Thunderbirds and B.C. Riches).
This bass could lose a little in the head to make it easier to play, but it does have a nice feel. Only problem is you can get just about the same sound and feel from a $400 Korean Ibanez.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $699.95 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
American Made, 24 fret bass with ebony neck, sinister black finish, clear iron cross pickguard, on/off toggle switch and octograb handle. Has dual Thunderbird humbucker pickups with Grover tuners.
This thing is NECK HEAVY!
Holding this thing up will seriously slow you down. After playing this thing, I went back to my Ibanez SR400 instantly.
I play rock, metal and thats all this bass is good for. Definately a studio bass because of the weight. Its got a very similar sound to many other basses, but it is a beautiful sound.
Well built, but definately not something you'd expect from a Gibson. It came with an insanely high action, which I had to lower significantly just to get the strings to the neck.