Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar  

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If you love it louder than Hell, then you're never too young to fall in love with Epiphone's Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar. The original, "DeepSixx" humbuckers are directly mounted for mor... Click To Read More About This Product

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If you love it louder than Hell, then you're never too young to fall in love with Epiphone's Nikki Sixx Blackbird electric bass guitar. The original, "DeepSixx" humbuckers are directly mounted for more crunch, and, combined with a simple on/off toggle switch, help you recreate the distinct sound of M¶tley Cr¼e's glory days. Another innovative feature is the Opti-Grab device which helps with balancing this neck-heavy Epiphone bass while ripping off chunks of easily sustainable basslines. Aesthetically, it's no surprise the dark-haired legend went with a pitch black body with black hardware, adding iron crosses along the tapered neck fretboard as well as a specially designed pickguard. Bring this electric bass home sweet home for less with this great deal.

Features
  • Bridge: DeepSixx T Bass humbucker
  • Neck: DeepSixx R Bass humbucker
  • Controls: On/Off toggle
  • Frets: 20
  • Hardware: black
  • Nut width: 1.50"
  • Neck: bolt-on
  • Neck profile: Slim taper
  • Neck material: hard maple
  • Tuners: Bass die-cast
  • Fretboard/inlay: rosewood/iron cross
  • Body material: mahogany
  • Finishes: pitch black
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 21"L x 9"W x 56"H
    Weight: 12 lbs.
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EpiphoneNikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

OMG Sixx has done it again

Ok I absolutley love this bass ive seen the Crue about 10 times now and Ive always seen Nikki with a T-bird but I saw this new thing and it is amazing I love the...Read complete review

Ok I absolutley love this bass ive seen the Crue about 10 times now and Ive always seen Nikki with a T-bird but I saw this new thing and it is amazing I love the deep tones and sound it puts out with distortion it sounds simply amazing. So naturally I went and bought it I plugged her in to 1 of my amps and ripped out a couple of songs from other bands and it still sounds amazing but if your and avid Crue fan then this is the bass for you its extremely versitle and can do just about anything under the Metal rainbow. All in all this a great bass for experienced players and Crue fans. Besides its very cheap for a signature model.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nothing but eye candy.

I decided to try out the Nikki Sixx Blackbird in a guitar shop up in New York when I went shopping for a new bass. The Blackbird caught my eye because of the stand-out...Read complete review

I decided to try out the Nikki Sixx Blackbird in a guitar shop up in New York when I went shopping for a new bass. The Blackbird caught my eye because of the stand-out Thunderbird design, all with black hardware which I found was very appealing. Upon closer inspection, I was a tad confused as to why it didn't have any tone, or volume controls. I decided to give it whirl anyway. The sound, was nice, somewhat rich, natural you could even say. However, without the tone and volume knobs, it makes an extreme hassle to try and get other sound out of this very nice guitar. Having to go over to my amp everytime in order to adjust volume and or the EQ? Not gonna fly. The Blackbird, I think, is suitable for a place on your wall, not on stage. While very nice to look at, it just doesn't work. Pick it up for you collection kids, maybe even a practice bass at best. Do not look to this bass if you need something serious. No tone, and no volume knobs just don't cut it.

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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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Blackbird Bass

    By Frankie Feranna Fan

    from Southern California

    About Me Professional Musician

    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

       
      5.0

      motley heaven

      By Luke Steffanson

      from Portland, Oregon

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      just had it delivered today. i was not let down!!! as soon as i plugged it in, i got a very bright yet heavy sound that immediately gave me one of those "hell yeah!" moments. i tuned it to a different key and it had no problems keeping it. i highly recommend this axe for any rock n roller. be warned though. you might have a hard time mellowing this bad boy down. and there was one weird thing. You know that metal bar thing at the end of the body? mine wasn't even on the guitar! i personally don't care for it. but if one of you guys was for some reason wanting it, be careful because i didnt have it. overall it is a def keeper.

      (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.

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice

      By Zach

      from Illinois

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      This bass has everything wanted for a rock player. The toggle switch makes it easy to get that rock 'n' roll sound. Frets play easily. The only downside is it is a bit on the heavy side. But, the heaviness is definitely worth it!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this bass!

      By T-Bird Rocker

      from Columbia, MO

      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome Bass

      By T-Bird Rocker

      from Columbia, MO

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Blackbird

      By Steve

      from Sacramento, CA

      Comments about Epiphone Nikki Sixx Signature Blackbird Bass Guitar:

      I've always loved the Thunderbird series and wanted to see what Nikki Sixx would bring to the table. I wasn't let down at all. This bass has the slim neck and body as all do but it seems to be a bit lighter. The main difference is the pickups which are very hot and the lack of control knobs. I mean who needs that anyway? haha. There is a also a little handle thing on the bottom Nikki uses to hold the bass during shows. Haven't got that one down yet. How much do I like this? It's my second one.

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