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Although subtle, this helped give this Blackbird more tone and a higher output.
This model was discontinued in 2003, but has recently been put back in production as the Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird.
Unlike the original 'Blackbird' bass, a clear 'satin black cherry' finish is given to the instrument, with red 'slash' X's on the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 12th frets.
A mirror pickguard is also applied, with a red signature and two X's (6 x's on the whole bass) is also a new addition.
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Cosmetically the Epiphone Blackbird is identical to the Gibson original, but with a bolt-on single ply neck, solid mahogany body, different pickups and lower grade parts and manufacturing.
The Epiphone model still kept the 'opti-grab,' designed and made first by his bass technician Tim Luzzi, and single on/off switch of the Gibson original.
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