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Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar

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If you love it louder than Hell, Epiphone's Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar is the axe for you. A pair of DeepSixx humbuckers give it thund...Click To Read More About This Product

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Made to be played LOUD!

If you love it louder than Hell, Epiphone's Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar is the axe for you. A pair of DeepSixx humbuckers give it thunderous output, especially since they are wired direct and have an on/off toggle as the only control. There's no volume knobā€it's either full on or turned off. Another innovative feature is the Opti-Grab device which lets you solidly anchor your hand while picking at the bridge to get that hard drive. Black finish, black hardware, black pickguard, and iron cross inlays give it the signature Sixx look.

FEATURES
Mahogany body
Bolt-on hard maple neck with slim taper profile
Rosewood fretboard with iron cross inlays
20 frets
DeepSixx humbucking pickups
Opti-Grab device
On/Off toggle
Black hardware
Die-cast tuners
SPECIFICATIONS
Nut width: 1.50"
Dimensions: 21"L x 9"W x 56"H
Weight: 12 lb.
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EpiphoneNikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Epiphone Blackbird Bass

By Frankie Feranna Fan

from Southern California

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

    Nikki Sixx has always been my favorite bass player. I saw him perform when I was 15 on the "Shout At The Devil" tour and it inspired me to become a bass player. I've owned many bass guitars.....Gibson,Fender,BC Rich,Hamer,Spector and many more. This bass is just as good as any I have ever played. This bass was excellent stock but I hot rodded my Blackbird. I put an EMG 35CS in the neck position and a EMG 35DC in the bridge position. Now it's active and runs on a 9 volt. I also removed the ON/OFF kill switch and installed the traditional Volume,Volume and Tone with black metal knobs.....ROCK N ROLL

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Sweet Bass

    By Dale Pettigrew Jr.

    from NC

    Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

    no major problems, nice bass, great pickups, great inlays, smooth neck. all around players bass.
    this is only the 3rd bass i have owned, very nice bass, it had to be setup when i recieved it, action was a little too low for my liking, but after that, this thing thumps. playing through my acoustic b200amp, and b115 cab it shakes everything in my studio, looks like i will need some foam now. overall very satisfied with this product, no complaints except for a little neck dive, but i hear all tbirds do that.
    good quality bass for an epi product
    good bass for a good price

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great sounding Bass.

    By pouey

    from n.h.

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

    Great Bass for the money,sounds full and thumpy.
    Comfortable neck.
    Love the iron crosses on the neck and pick guard.

    The only gripe I have is that it is very hard to find a cass or gig bag for this beauty.
    You would have to by a specific cas just for the T-Bird Bass.

    I got this Bass used for a great price.
    A deal I could not refuse.

    I normally use my Geddy Lee Bass and love it,since I used this Bass for the first time this weekend,it is safe to say I will be using this a lot.
    I like the no knobs and just the off and on switch.
    No confusion w/redundant knobs and switch's
    This Bass sounds just as good as a Gibson,w/out a huge price tag.
    A work horse,blue collar Bass.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Bass

    By T-Bird Rocker

    from Columbia, Mo

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    Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

    This is a great bass for the money. The look of this thing is rockin' for sure, and the killswitch is cool as well as handy. The tone is deep and sweet for any rocker. I own both the Epiphone and Gibson Thunderbirds; this bass easily beats the sound of the Epiphone and is right there with the Gibson, but still unique. Everything checked out fine with this bass when I bought it new. Now for the not-so-good: I would prefer to have at least one volume control instead of just the on/off switch, and any tone control will have to be done on with your amp. This bass is top-heavy and like to neckdive so I put an extra strap button in place of one of the screws of the bolt on neck and solved that problem. The finish wears easily giving it character quickly which I like, but it's probly not for everyone. All in all, this bass sounds amazing, especially for the price. I would suggest it to anyone lookin' to rock.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    You have to hear it to know what i'm talking about

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

    This bass is really different from a lot I have played in the past, it has some inherent flaws to it's build, but the sound is really fantastic and unique which makes the bass worth owning. Firstly, the finish is not particularily advantageous to quickly moving your hand about the neck, i find that the matte finish gets kinda sticky after a little bit of playing. Secondly the matte finish is not supremely durable, bumps quickly flake off chips of paint, which is cool only if you're going for a roadworn look. Thirdly, the floating bridge does not make adjusting the action easy or convenient, and the coverplate over the truss rod makes adjustments feel like you're stripping the screholes and damaging the wood. Finally, it has some serious neckdive, but you knew that, it's a thunderbird body. The bass holds it's tune really well, and the bridge was properly placed, factory setup was not bad, but it needed some work and a new set of strings. The features are minimal (to say the least), and the bass really only puts out one sound, but that's not an issue if you have a decent eq on your amp. Now to the good stuff. This bass has a very distinct sound and flavour to it, it's very punchy, and very growly, it twangs and clanks in such a manner that it can really cut throug the mix of a surrounding band. The sound is reminiscent of the band "Tool". Most amazingly the output of these passive pickups far outstips some of the loudest active pickups I have played with. Think "P-bass on steroids". The narrow fretboard width makes reaching the notes for chords or arpeggios really easy, and the "D" shape of the neck really fills you palm for comfort, which reduces cramps when you really shred. you really need to hear the sound before you buy it, it may not be everyone's taste, but i am very fond of it and it has been a great pleasure to own.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this bass!

    By T-Bird Rocker

    from Columbia, Mo

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    Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

    This is a great bass for the money. The tone is excellent and the power this thing puts out is great. It has a deep tone which I love so if you want a higher sound it will have to be done with your amp. The on/off switch is also very cool, but I do wish there was at least one volume control knob. The finish wears easily giving it some quick character which I like, but it's probably not for everyone. This bass is built for rockers and I would suggest it to anyone who likes that deep tone. I own a Gibson T-bird and the Epiphone T-bird, and the sound beats the Epiphone easily and is right there with the Gibson.

     
    5.0

    awesome bass with killer tone

    By sixx fan

    from blountville,tn

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      had this bass for a couple months now and I must say it is just as good if not better than some of the higher cost Gibson bass guitars..feels great but has some neck dive but but I have seen other brands have it as well.easy to play and the neck is smooth.love it.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Be Careful

      By BigMusician

      from Maryland

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      This bass plays better then alot of basses ive ever played. The low tones come out thick and strong thanks to the deep sixx pickups, and the high tones come out clear as well. where this bass really shines though is the way it looks, this bass is the classic thunderbird bass but made for metal. unfortunatly this bass does not hold up very well, ive dropped mine one or two times and the sound is starting to get faded and buzzy, it still sounds good, but just be careful, the way this bass sounds out of the box is phenominal. when purchasing this bass i recommend investing in a stand to keep it safer.

       
      5.0

      Built For The Stage

      By Priest Bass play for The Saints of Pain

      from New York City

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      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      Easier to use then the instructions on shampoo, and nothing to get in the way. Flip one switch and you go from 0-60 in less then a second. The Drag Car of bass guitars is built like a tank and with out a doubt rock and roll cool looks with its flat black paint, iron cross paint job, and clear pick guard.I tour with three of these over the last three tours (that is 135 shows) 2 albums and 6 separate recording sessions (for other bands), and I have never been let down even once by this bass.This bass is very loud (louder pick ups then my active pick up basses) and growly,,, not your daddies jazz bass! This thing is built for its one true home the stage.Oh did I mention that is was designed by the god of rock bass Mr. Nikki Sixx!This bass's sound is being slapped in the face and kicked in the chest at the same time.Pairs nicely with an 8x10 and some overdrive.

       
      4.0

      Head Strong

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      I got this guitar for a good price but I play with a strap and its a little top heavy and i kept smacking the headstock into stuff but it works and sounds great(took it back and got the Dean Custom Zone)

       
      5.0

      A True Rock Bass

      By Canio Wolf

      from El Paso, TX

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      I just bought this bass a few weeks ago because I was looking for a bass with a real growl to it and this is it. Like all Thunderbirds it is neck heavy but that's an easy fix (relocating the strap button). The opti-grab handle works really well but it does take some getting used to. The pictures here really don't allow you to look at how amazing this bass really looks. The iron cross inlays really stand out and the clear pickguard gets awesome compliments. I will admit though, having no volume/tone knobs might get a little annoying to some people when practicing at home but it's the perfect thing for using onstage. All in all it's well built, and is perfect for all the Motley fans looking for a bass that can deliver a great rock sound.

       
      4.0

      Bad Boy Boogie

      By Sixxfan73

      from NY

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      Great bass! Looks, sounds, and plays awesome! Really captures that Motley sound. Sadly, Nikki himself never seems to play this actual model on stage (have seen the Crue several times last tour) only place to see Nikki playing it is in the Sixx am video. Also, the overall shape of the bass is kinda awkward and uncomfortable, but I guess that is just my hang up. Killer bass otherwise.

       
      4.0

      Good bass for it's price.

      By Boothby

      from LA

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      This is a great bass. eEarly all the same specs as the discontinued Gibson version, except for the pickups. The pickups are lacking and dont have enough punch. Also the neck is bolt-on, not a set neck like the Gibson version. And the rosewood fingerboard does not feel as nice as the ebony found on the Gibson. This version doesn't live up to Gibson's Signature Nikki Sixx but it is comparable.

       
      5.0

      great bass

      By burnage360

      from livingston, mt

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      i got this bass a week ago, and Nikki designed it well. the only problems i see with it is that it is a bit top heavy (unusual) and avoid playing notes on the entire first fret, not well placed/sized. overall a great bass

       
      5.0

      the best bass

      By CRIS13

      from new mexico las vegas

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      This is the best bass ever.I just got this bass today and it is the best thing ever.It has perfect tone and everything i love the pickups and the neck and you can't forget the pinky holder.So if you have the money get this bass boy and it is mad to be played loud really

       
      5.0

      Epi Blackbird

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      I have had the bass for about a year and have had no problems. Looks cool. Amazing tone. Fantastic price. It is neck heavy. Every thunderbird I've ever played with the original strap button location was top heavy. For the money nothing beats it.

       
      4.0

      Pretty nice!

      By the aardvark that stole your taco last night

      from Oregon WI

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      I played this bass at Guitar Center and it was GREAT! It has a nice sound, pretty much like the original Thunderbird. The look is 2 times better, though. The motley crue inlays are really cool, too. The only problem is that it only has a toggle switch and absolutely no volume or tone knobs, which is something I don't like. But if you don't care about it having no volume or tone knobs, then get this. If you want volume and tone controls, then get the original Thunderbird bass.

       
      5.0

      OMG!!!

      By Kevin-fI85_

      from Sparta, NC

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      The bass is light, sleek, badass, has gut-punching sound and when striked with a pick has more of an attack sound than bass sound. This bass is awesome yes, the opti-grab sounds and looks like it would be comfy to handle with but its not for my taste, unless you get used to it like I am. There really is down fall to this bass. Now this bass is meant to be played loud... literally! The first time I plugged this black beauty in and struck a note it was LOUD!!! I only had the volume on my amp to about a quarter of the way up and this baby ROARED!!! It sounded like I had the volume way up to the max and then some! I really am not being biased but this is an awesome bass for a great price. IF you have ANY questions about this bass..how it feels, plays, comfort, w/e it may be contact me. Thank you

       
      5.0

      Not a Bad Bass

      By DEVIN-D3a9d

      from NY

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      i used this bass one day and it would be ok for a begining bass or if you wanna add a bass for your collection it is kind of heavy but it has a nice tone which is important and it feels okay and it looks cool

       
      5.0

      My Go To Bass

      By David-SI.y5

      from Lynchburg, VA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      The Blackbird is my go to bass on stage. It is quick and easy to play. I enjoy the on/off toggle switch and if my tone needs to be adjusted I can do it on the amp. One of the better features on the Blackbird is the inch and a half nut which makes the playing easy and fast. The Eppiphone Thunderbird's nut is much larger and makes the neck a lot heavier. I own one of each. I play it through a Hartke 3500 and I use a Hartke 410 and a 115. When played together my rig roars and I get a lot of complements on my sound. The Blackbird also gets a lot of complements. The bottom line is it?s a great bass at a great price.

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