Which Epi bass has the least neck dive: EB3 or Thunderbird?

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  1. metropolis74

    metropolis74 Tele-Holic

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    I have a hankering for some Gibson-esque mud sound on the cheap. I see an Epiphone EB3 and Thunderbird for sale locally, but before I check them out I was wondering which of the two has the least amount of the dreaded neck dive I have been reading about in reviews. Anyone have had both to compare?
     
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    EB-3 is both more muddy and less neck-divy, as I recall from the in-store testing.
    Remember there's possiblity to move the upper strap button to the neckplate or neck's heel.
     
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    with the right strap button replacement...the neck won't dive.

    they are very different, tone-wise, and that should be your deciding factor. Neck dive solutions can be solved much easier than wrong pickup problems.

    but...I would choose the EB-3 regardless. MUD CITY!! :D
     
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    Thanks guys. I forgot that correct strap button placement can lessen neck dive. I'll play both and find out which one sounds best to me and go from there.
     
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    I had an EPI T-Bird and loved the tone but never resolved the neck dive and eventually sold it. I added a strap button for better leverage and tried a thick leather strap with a pad and that was best I could do and just got tired of fighting the neck, even considered hollowing out the lower end and adding some weight. Loved the tone and playability, hated to see it go.
     
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