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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 171 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (138)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love it...

I've been playing bass for 25 years or so (off and on) and this is one of the best entry-level basses I've owned. I actually prefer the off-brands of the big ones because...Read complete review

I've been playing bass for 25 years or so (off and on) and this is one of the best entry-level basses I've owned. I actually prefer the off-brands of the big ones because of the price and the subtlety (name brands don't make you better).

I would recommend this to anyone look for a rock tone, using a pick of course, who wants to shred metal and rock. I am working on a solution for the fret buzz.

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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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A decent bass at an acceptable price.

By Tom-AUTG9

from Joliet, IL

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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.

(3 of 3 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 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Crap

By Canadian guitarist

from Canada

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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!!!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love it...

By Abby Paden

from Bloomington, Indiana

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I've been playing bass for 25 years or so (off and on) and this is one of the best entry-level basses I've owned. I actually prefer the off-brands of the big ones because of the price and the subtlety (name brands don't make you better).

I would recommend this to anyone look for a rock tone, using a pick of course, who wants to shred metal and rock. I am working on a solution for the fret buzz.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing bass for the price

By bass is a sweet instrument

from Albuquerque NM

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Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I have been playing bass for about 6 years now, and I got this about a year ago because my specter bass wasn't doing it for me. It was definitely a smart move. This bass has a sweet sound, and great playability. The neck doesn't have what I call "sticky gloss" so you can slide easily. But here are the bad parts. The head dives really bad and the bass is really heavy. It didn't take long for the bass to get worn down. Yhe bridge is annoying to maintain, because wen I got it, it had really bad fret buzz and i had to adjust the truss rod, butt for some reason it still had fret buzz. so I adjusted the bridge and the fret buzz wasn't nearly as bad but at some pars it was still pretty bad. i also had to reassemble the whole bridge, because i was changing the strings and the saddles slid out of place. but even with all of that it is still fun to play and it does have a pretty sweet sound for the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hit or miss?

By x-1svRh

from FL

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I tried to order one of these through MF however they kept sending me what appeared to be used/open box items with scratches, bad paint jobs and setups, missing plastic protective covers over the truss rod, screws with metal shavings everywhere etc. Really annoying! Also, factory setup seems hit or miss regardless of where you order these from. I ended up getting a used Korean-made Goth online for about third of the price of a new one and it is a dream compared to the bs MF tried to send me. Not sure if the problem is with MF or the fact most Epi's are now made in China or a combination of the two (tried to get a Dean bass and same thing, looked used). The Korean made Epi's may be superior, at least in my experience. So, now you know why I rate the Value and Quality at 2.5, because it is hit or miss. No guarantee you will get a good one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good axe - good price

By HEINEKEG

from SL, UT

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Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

After loosing my main bass, I needed a replacement quick and being a fan of Jeordie White (Manson, APC, NIN & Goon Moon) I've always thought the Tbird just screamed rock n roll. Also being the poor musician as we all are, the price point was a major advantage.The model I received was setup pretty well, intonated perfectly. I do play in an alternate tuning, so made my minor adjustments to correct some fret buzz and it was ready to rock. I play through an Ampeg SVT4Pro 8x10 rig, and while I'm use to EMG active pickups, the growl of these passives were instantly noticed. They have a much darker and guttier tone than the more percise, clean active tone. A real mid range focus which is great for the style of metal I play.I still believe the stock position for the top strap button is horrible. I installed some Dunlop Straploks and placed the top strap button just behind the neck on the heel. Instantly got rid of the horrid Tbird neck dive which leads to better balance, especially in the hands. I'm able to remove my hand for a moment without the headstock slamming the ground. Overall, this is a pretty basic bass. No real surprises, but for the price I was hard pressed to find anything that performed as solid. Not really anything that will hurt the wallet, or break my heart once it gets battle scars out at some gigs.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big sound for the money

By JohnnyEye

from Sacramento

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

First and foremost -- like all thunderbirds, they neck dive. Easy fix -- put the strap button by the neck plate body joint -- problem solved. Good metal sound and will work for slap because of the space between strings and body. The high notes don't go away -- very balanced sound. Well worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass No Regrets

By Kingjohn1230

from Eastvale, Ca

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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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        not bad for the money

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        My bassist got one of these couple months ago and I have to say I love the sound. only a couple of draw backs that I have seen. Neck had to be sanded down the satin paint was a little rough and the balance of the bass is more toward the head and makes the thing slide that way. But placing the strap around the front of the guitar seems to help. I play it from time to time and think that it frets good has a wide tonal capacity and is very fast since we sanded the the neck. All in all a very good buy a set of duncans and a bad ass bridge and this thing would be perfect.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pretty Gosh darned Good

        By Pongo Terrace

        from California

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        The Goth T-bird is a really good bass for a really cheap price. It looks amazing and sounds great too but it has a few downsides. First of all Most Thunderbirds have a horrible neck dive, and second about a 2 months after i got it the wiring came undone and needed to be resaudered. But other than those minor things this bass is amazing especially for its low price.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Monster Bass!!!

        By HAX 09

        from Binghamton,NY

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        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        I've had this bass for about 4 months and have played 3 gigs with it and aside from being a little top heavy, it sounded great. Big sound great tone control and the looks are awesome! The goth look is cool and the satin finish with glossy pickgaurd contrast really stands out. Truly an awesome bass.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One Of The Best

        By Systematicrevolution

        from Easton, PA

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        By far one of the best Thunderbirds I have played, for any bassist who plays the style of music I do such as metal, rock, alternative, and horrorpunk it is a great bass. I recomend it to any bassist.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Don't Pass on the Gothic T-Bird

        By Pythonian

        from Albany, NY

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        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        An amazing bass! Yes, this is a heavy bass and the balance is and a little off but it is nowhere near what some have indicated. Get a top-line strap with this one and you will be fine. Low end is simply gripping. Bass seems to be made for pick playing, but fingers are fine. The only bass I have played that compares in quality and feel is the Aerodyne, but I chose this T-Bird first.

        (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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value

        By Charlie-219RE

        from Washington State

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        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        I've had this guitar for about 3/4 of a year now. It still is going strong. The only things that have gone south are the input (hardware came loose and had to be replaced) and the part of the body that is raised under the strings has fluctuated and caused the paint on the edge to crack. This bass has AWESOME TONE! I run it through an ashdown electric blue amp and a digitec multi-effect and I can get what ever sound I want out of it. This is a heavy, burly bass and is good for someone with strong shoulders. The style of the thunderbird iv is classic and hardcore at the same time, now that they gave it the goth package!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing bass

        By DrFeelgood383

        from Illinois

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        I've had this bass for several years now. I got it set up when I got it, which is good to do for any instrument, and it plays better than any of my others, including my Les Paul Standard bass(not the special they have now) and my Heritage Classic BCR Mockingbird. The neck is very thin and fast, and the satin finish feels great. I love the sound, really good rock and blues tone, and with a little tweaking of your amp you can even get a decent slap tone out of it. I upgraded mine with chrome knobs, a diamond plate aluminum pickguard, and chrome Gotoh tuners, and it looks even more killer; next up for me is to put some Bartolinis in it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible axe!

        By Chris-Hatwa

        from North Royalton, OH

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        I purchased the "Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV" bass on 3/1/07 after doing extensive research. I needed to upgrade and for the amount of money I was looking to speed it is possibly the best bass out there today. Now while I do praise it I do have to say it has a few draw backs. Setting the intonation is rather difficult since the screws on the bridge for adjusting the saddles are facing towards the nut. It's a minor hassle since the strings are in the way. Also, setting the string action is not precise enough. You're unable to adjust the saddles individually. Instead you adjust the whole bridge with 2 screws at the back and 1 at the front. A minor complaint is that you'll have to purchase a angled cable since the input is on the face of the body. My final negative thought is that there are only 20 frets and it's difficult to reach them. All that is made up for with killer style and booming sound.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bought for looks, sounded pretty good.

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        Bought it new from the local guitar center because of how it looked, the strings that came on it (with the standard red threaded ends) needed to be replaced asap so I slapped some slinkys on it and it sounded awesome. The pickups are made so that you can rest your thumb on them when you play, and the three point bridge comes in handy. Only downsides are that it's neck heavy with a strap and it may be awkward for some to play sitting down. This bass has a lot of low end on it for if you're into that and in my opinion not enough high or mid. The neck is really thick on it too making it a little harder to reach some notes. You also need a special fit case for it because of the shape being so awkward and so long, even the biggest universal bass cass I have wouldn't come close to fitting it. Traded it recently on a whim for an Ibanez rgx300 and I'm much more impressed with it. In my opinion, go to a local store that has it and try it out.

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