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A rock classic featuring Gibson TB-Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets

The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock's most recognizable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, the Thunderbird has powered artists as varied as Nikki Sixx, The Who, Kings of Leon, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan and The Silversun Pickups. Turn on your radio and you'll hear a Thunderbird bass. Now, Epiphone takes all the vintage mojo of the original Thunderbird IV and sends it flying into the future with Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets and all the 'Bird's original styling and features intact.

The Thunderbird IV was one of the most radical designs to come out of the Gibson and Epiphone Kalamazoo factory in the early '60s, thanks to legendary automotive designer Ray Dietrich, who was asked to put a new twist on solidbody guitars and basses. The sound of the Thunderbird IV was as cutting edge as its design and now the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO returns with all of Epiphone's first-class quality and a lifetime guarantee, but without the hassles of owning (or hiding) a vintage instrument. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Gibson TB Plus humbuckers
  • Historic 60's era Thunderbird profile
  • Mahogany body wings
  • 7-ply Mahogany/walnut neck
  • Through-neck neck joint
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
  • 20-Medium jumbo, nickel/silver alloy frets
  • Classic style 3-point adjustable Flush-Mount, fully adjustable bridge
  • Neck volume, Bridge volume and Master tone controls
  • Black die-cast tuners with 17:1 ratio
  • Black hardware
  • Black TopHats control knobs with chrome metal inserts
  • Optional hard case with black vinyl exterior, gray plush interior and chrome hardware
  • Case sold separately

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SPECIFICATIONS

Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar

  • Scale Length: 34"
    Nut Width: 1.50"
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
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EpiphoneThunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Fun to play (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is an extraordinary instrument!!

By Bill the Bass Guy

from Pikeville, Kentucky

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

      What an incredible bass guitar! If you play Rock music then you need to add this Thunderbird to your collection. I own a Rickenbacker 4003, Reverend Rumblefish, Wasburn AB20 and a G & L ASAT Tom Hamilton signature model. Three important salient features. First, the playability is exceptional. Great feel on the neckand the body has a natural place for your thumb in addition to the pick ups and strings. It is way lighter than it looks so there's no strain on the back. Second, the sound is SWEET. My personal favorite is the neck pick up dailed all the way up while the bridge pup is down and the tone knob is on 7-10. To add more punch and growl, just dial the bridge pup in to suit your taste. You can get a warmer ballad sound by turning the tone knob down low or zero even. Btw, I love the top hat knobs. Lastly, this bass is a looker! The Alpine White is off the hook!!! You will look good playing this beast, just make sure you have a very long strap. The bass warrants the longest strap you can get. I forgot to mention the Gibson TB-2 pups that power the bass. It sounds like a Gibson but at a third of the price. For the money, this guitar is unbeatable. You must have one! I would get the Epi case as well, because it is nice and this is a long bass. The T-Bird came ready to rock right out of the box! I am profoundly pleased with this Thunderbird--you gotta get one!

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      5.0

      Great bass at a good price.

      By W Wright

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

        Great for recording and performance. Intonation was slightly off on the G string, but was very easy to adjust. Nice fretwork and even paint job. Powerful sound.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Thunderbird bass

        By fenderboy

        from Reno Nev.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

          I am a Fender guy. I own 7 Fender basses and I decided to go out of the box and buy this Thunderbird. Boy was I surprised , The bass is very comfortable to play, great electronics and a narrow neck. It came ready to play. would recommend as a great buy for the money you spend!!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great bass, quite heavy

          By the weak-backed bassist

          from chicago

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Really Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

            I have this bass, in many ways it's great. The fretboard feels nice, the pickups sound great, and though the shape is a bit-outlandish, you can still comfortably rest it on your knee to play sitting down. Which you will probably do whenever you can because it's *really* heavy, this is the heaviest bass or guitar that I've ever played and after 15-20 minutes of playing standing up get's pretty uncomfortable. This bass would be a perfect instrument if they could just find a way to make it lighter without sacrificing any build quality.

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            5.0

            Well made, great tone & sustain

            By Howie289

            from NJ

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great tone & sustain
            • Well made

            Cons

            • 3-pt bridge is weak spot

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

              This is a very well-made bass for a great price. Pickups sound great, amazing sustain and tone, finish is really good, neck is straight & true. I replaced the 3-pt bridge with a Hipshot SuperTone Gibson 3-Point Bass Bridge‎ which is a drop-in replacement that adds adjustability and sustain. Also added straplocks and an Epi hard-shell case (this won't fit in any other case). This bass needs a long strap due to location of the strap buttons. I got the Levis 4-1/2" strap and I use it fully extended.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wanted another bass

              By Kosta

              from Red Cloud, Ne

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

                I'm no professional, but I have a lot of fun with this bass and she looks good.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfection

                By Seth Kelly

                from Blythewood, SC

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Exceptional Tone
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Arenas
                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

                Wow... where do I start???? This bass is incredible. There is seriously no distinctive difference between this and the WAY more expensive Gibson.
                But let's get into what you will be getting from this bass. Actual Gibson TB+ Pickups, beautiful neck-through design (which enables sustain that lasts a lifetime), a beautiful rosewood finger board with no sharp frets, fret buzz, or dead spots; superior design and a beautiful finish. The tone of this bass is phenomenal. Maximal tonal options with a simple set up as well! My favorite part of this bass is the pickups I mentioned above. They put out very powerful output, but by still keeping excellent clarity and crispness. So in short.. it sounds GREAT!
                So I would highly recommend this bass for any amount. Let alone the fact it only comes in at the price listed above..... Buy it! Don't get me wrong, I love Gibson basses, but Gibson has some serious competition here. This bass holds it's own with it's more expensive counterpart. I would prefer this bass over the Gibson even if they were the same price. Don't believe me? Go play it for yourself. BUY IT!

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exceptional quality

                By Sa11os

                from Providence, RI

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

                    I had been thinking of buying a gibson thunderbird for some time before I went with the classic pro. If money wasn't an option, I'd have gone with the gibson. Short of the gibson, the quality, craftsmanship, and sound of this bass make it the only other bass I would choose. This is nothing like the bolt on epiphone thunderbird. NOTHING! To address a common complaint, no neck dive while using the cheapest nylon strap. If you want a thunderbird but are intimidated by the price of the gibson, this is your bass. Do not hesitate. You will not be let down by this bass. Also, buy the epiphone case. It is also well worth the price.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Thunderbird worthy of the name!

                    By Scary Uncle Gary-Ux09y

                    from Upstate NY

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • It's Freakin' Huge

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

                    I traded the bold neck Thunderbird for this version. The bolt neck was nice, but lacked the one most important feature of a Thunderbird-the neck through body construction. This one has that and upgraded Gibson pickups. The Pro also has a narrower neck width (1.5" at the nut), so it feels more like a jazz bass. Very easy to play. Very nice tone with lots of punch and sustain.

                    The sunburst finish is beautiful-some really nice looking wood on display on my example. The neck and body has the same 9 ply laminate as the Gibson version.

                    Only two minor issues. First, this is a long bass. Longer than almost anything else out there. You will have to buy the Thunderbird case, as nothing else will fit. Don't think you can keep the older case for the bolt neck T'bird, either, as this version won't fit the older case. The size may also be a consideration if you play a lot of tight club stages. Second, mine came with a badly fitted nut. The action was good, but the string spacing was too tight and the strings weren't centered on the fretboard. I solved this by making a new bone nut. This bass is a keeper now.

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Absolutly Amazing

                    By Basskahuna

                    from Fair Oaks, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

                      This is hands down one of the finest instruments I have ever owned or played in 30 plus years of playing professionally. I wanted a Gibson T bird to add to my Bass arsenal along side a custom shop P bass, Kubicki X-Factor, G&L J2 and a couple others, I played the new Gibson T bird at a local shop and just wasn't thrilled, I kept seeing these great reviews for the Epi T-Bird Classic IV and thought for the money id give it a shot. Out of the box (Case is coming separately but is a must)I was taken aback by the beautiful finish, the vintage sunburst is stunning, in hand unplugged you could feel the sustain and excellent set up quality, did not have to do a thing, frets dressed perfect, not a flaw in finish, im thinking is this really how epiphone is building their instruments? Have I been wasting money being a brand snob? plugged it in and could not find a favorite tone, on bridge pickup warm vintage sweet tone, on neck pick up a bright growl, blended just pure power and that's before I started playing with tone and wow what a difference I have not yet figured out what my go to tone is as its so versatile but plenty to choose from. If you are thinking of buying a Gibson T bird you will be tossing money out the window, heck buy a Gibson Truss Rod Cover the only one who would know difference is you.. This is a winner hands down.. If buying from MF I would highly recommend calling Kevin Crouch in Sales his ext is 3173 he is awesome to deal with and wont steer you wrong, makes a huge difference when buying online to have someone so knowledgeable and helpful I will always go back to him, just a better personal touch than most salespeople. Love this Bass and built like a tank will last forever.

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