Not sure about the basses but I did have an Epiphone Firebird guitar in that shape and it was very unwieldy and difficult to play. The body is just a massive slab of wood that puts the fretboard way out from your fretting hand. I would imagine the bass scale would amplify the distance. Also, they are known for being very boomy and muffled sounding (which I guess new pickups would solve). However, from what I understand the pickups are a non-standard type only made by a few manufacturers and can be hard to find. I think, given what I experienced with the Firebird, I would totally pass and just work with the Jazz bass you have.
As someone who has bought 5 Epiphones in the last year or so, the quality is fine, they just need a real setup. They’re great playing instruments, all of the Gibson style basses are, but you have to understand the tone that they provide. If you like playing music that is known for being played on p basses, I wouldn’t get one. Personally, I think the Gibson style basses sound very similar to jazz basses on the bridge pickup. Jazz basses are a dime a dozen, so as long as you aren’t trading down I would consider trading if you had another p bass or jazz bass on hand. If you’re trading your primary bass that you are used to playing, I would not recommend it.
Edit: the 3 post bridges are also fine, but you need to make sure they are angle upwards toward the neck at about 20 degrees to give proper string breakover and tension on the posts
I had an Epiphone T-Bird for a while and really liked the way it sounded and played. I ended up selling it because for me it was just too large and unwieldy. I’ve had a couple of other Epi’s and have never had any QC issues with them.
Epiphones seem very hit or miss to me for quality. The last couple I have tried in stores were junk (and no it wasn’t a setup issue; one had fret sprout you could feel through a binding, all had cheap feeling plastic hardware, though that’s in part due to the instruments they were Epi versions of).
Also some of the corners they cut from the original Gibson designs can make them way worse. One example, Les Pauls are not convortable for me to hold, but the Epi kind of accentuated the discomfort due to its slightly different contouring.
So, much like with Gibson, you might end up with a winner, but you should definitely try it before you buy, unless you’re willing to just immediately resell. Used this can be fine; new not so much.
The way I put it in another thread is that Squier does a way better job for Fender as the entry level line than Epiphone does for Gibson.
Very comfortable to play, a reasonable range of tone with lots of mid growl and may I say, some freakishly good looks. Get a decent wide strap and you will have no neckdive problems. The only problem is the size - you’ll need to buy a special gigbag or case.
If you like The Who, Motorhead, Skynyrd or (gag…) Motley Crue, this is the bass for you
I’m actually really impressed by Epiphone - their Jack Cassidy bass has just caught my eye …