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Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass  Satin Black 

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The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass guitar has great looks, action and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34"-sc...Click To Read More About This Product

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An old-school shape updated with an ominous, modern vibe.

The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass guitar has great looks, action and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34"-scale hard maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Gothic inlay at the 12th fret. The pickguard is dressed up with a Celtic cross while the black-on-black hardware and satin black finish give it a decidedly dark demeanor. Two Thunderbird Plus pickups provide appropriate growl. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • 34"-scale hard maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • Gothic inlay at the 12th fret
  • Celtic cross on pickguard
  • Black hardware
  • 2 Thunderbird Plus pickups
  • Case sold separately

This one will make a big impression on all your crypt mates, visually and sonically. Order today!

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EpiphoneGoth Thunderbird IV Bass
 
4.7

(based on 169 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (137)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A decent bass at an acceptable price.

I've been using this bass for almost a year now and it has definetly proven its worth. It is a solid entry-level bass guitar. Its classic stylings and solid feel are well worth the...Read complete review

I've been using this bass for almost a year now and it has definetly proven its worth. It is a solid entry-level bass guitar. Its classic stylings and solid feel are well worth the money if you're looking for a deep, Rock and Roll-type bass. For those who seek a more tonally diverse bass guitar within the same price range, I would reccomend seeking a differnet pickup configuration.
The features of this bass are decent. The Thunderbird Plus pickups allow for some deep bass but lack the punch that some bassists desire. The 3-point bridge isn't the worst bridge, but it does make setting-up more time consuming.
The quality is better that expected for the price range. I haven't had a problem with the finish scratching or chipping off. I didn't find any manufacturer's imperfections on the bass. However, the metal hardware is noticeably cheap on this bass. For example, the screws used for the pickups and pickguard both strip and rust easily.
The value of the Goth Thunderbird by Epiphone is excellent. Some other basses in the price range are more tonally diverse, but this bass will get the job done for most types of Rock.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks great, plays good, sounds ok.

I like the way it looks and plays, but overall its just too treblely for taste. They substituted clangy for clarity. I have to turn the tone control back to about 20% to...Read complete review

I like the way it looks and plays, but overall its just too treblely for taste. They substituted clangy for clarity. I have to turn the tone control back to about 20% to get a more full bodied sound. It plays well and has a good feel too it, but I get a little fret buzz here and there. I'm not a fan of the bridges that Epiphone uses for most of their basses. You aren't really able to adjust the action on the strings individually. Its not a bad bass for the price.I liked it more when I first got it, but now I don't play it much.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Serves Its Purpose

By Slick

from Washington, D.C.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Balance

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

Biggest thing you need to know: this bass is really made to look cool, everything else is secondary. I bought it for a gimmick 80s hair band that I play in, and it is perfect for that. It plays well, and for the style of music I use it for, the sound is pretty darn good. Most importantly, the look is ideal. Again, this bass is primarily designed to look cool.

That being said, it would not be my go to bass for any other band as the look and sound wouldn't fit what I'd be trying to do. The balance is not ideal, as the neck dives pretty badly if playing while standing.

In summation: this bass looks cool, sounds ok, and is great in the proper application, it's just not for every situation or every player.

 
3.0

Looks great, plays good, sounds ok.

By Shane

from Orlando, FL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks great
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Bridge Design
  • Too Treblely

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I like the way it looks and plays, but overall its just too treblely for taste. They substituted clangy for clarity. I have to turn the tone control back to about 20% to get a more full bodied sound. It plays well and has a good feel too it, but I get a little fret buzz here and there. I'm not a fan of the bridges that Epiphone uses for most of their basses. You aren't really able to adjust the action on the strings individually. Its not a bad bass for the price.I liked it more when I first got it, but now I don't play it much.

 
4.0

Great for deep, dark sludgy music

By pcake

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I really like the very low, dark tones this bass puts out. Yes, it's a cheap bass and the hardware isn't the best, but it does fine for the cost. And this is not the most versatile bass around, however it's just the thing if you want very low, dark tone. Great for some kinds of metal, grindcore, etc, but probably wouldn't be the right bass for jazz, disco or a variety of other types of music. The look and sound of this bass might not make it the best for classic rock unless you've decided to add a goth twist.

Expect it will take some dialing in to get the tone you're looking for if your amp is set up for other basses as this bass has less highs and rumbling lows.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass No Regrets

By Kingjohn1230

from Eastvale, Ca

About Me Novice

Ask me a question

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I just got this Bass a couple months ago. I am still a beginner and this bass is cool to play. Good sound and looks great. Money well spent.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    on the fence

    By schlappinDAbass

    from the great white north

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        i have had mixed results with this bass. I've always loved the visual aspect, but could never dial in a good sound when I went to stores to try it. always had a flat, thumpy sound like a pile of damp fabric hitting a hard wood floor. but last time, I tried it out of a Mark Bass amp (which I find similar in sound to my Crate) and set up the EQ the way I do with my band instead of ignoring it like I usually do when I try a new instrument. this time, the tone was amazing.

        My advice, try it on as close to your gear as you can, then buy the exact one you tested due to the mixed results.

        (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Just Terrible

        By Canadian guitarist

        from Canada

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Looks Really
        • Looks Really Cool

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          This is the worst bass I have ever played. I bought it on a whim on here before I tried it out. It looks cool but that's the only good thing. It sounds terrible and feels terrible.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Thunderbird

          By lloyd tollestrup

          from Alberta

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          Definatley one of the best basses that I have ever played. I dont know if I will ever play anything else.

          (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Crap

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          Quality alright. Feels solid, but the flat finish just comes off. And sounds ok. The only thing is that it is terrible to play because the neck is just so bad. And once the flat finish comes off (which it will) it gets sticky and hard to play. Do not buy this online, TRY YOUR GUITAR OUT IN PERSON BEFORE YOU BUY IT!!!

          (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not so good

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          This is an ok bass. I guess. It is extreamly hard to play. The hardware is terrible. But somehow it still seems to stay in tune for ever.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A decent bass at an acceptable price.

          By Tom-AUTG9

          from Joliet, IL

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          I've been using this bass for almost a year now and it has definetly proven its worth. It is a solid entry-level bass guitar. Its classic stylings and solid feel are well worth the money if you're looking for a deep, Rock and Roll-type bass. For those who seek a more tonally diverse bass guitar within the same price range, I would reccomend seeking a differnet pickup configuration.
          The features of this bass are decent. The Thunderbird Plus pickups allow for some deep bass but lack the punch that some bassists desire. The 3-point bridge isn't the worst bridge, but it does make setting-up more time consuming.
          The quality is better that expected for the price range. I haven't had a problem with the finish scratching or chipping off. I didn't find any manufacturer's imperfections on the bass. However, the metal hardware is noticeably cheap on this bass. For example, the screws used for the pickups and pickguard both strip and rust easily.
          The value of the Goth Thunderbird by Epiphone is excellent. Some other basses in the price range are more tonally diverse, but this bass will get the job done for most types of Rock.

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