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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar  Vintage Sunburst

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The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock's most recognizable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, th...Read More

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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 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Rock concerts (10)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Reviewed by 21 customers

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5.0

better than gibson build-quality

By F-tron

from Tulsa, OK

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

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

    Surpassed my expectations, great EVEYTHING on this one

     
    5.0

    Love this Bass cant wait to buy another one

    By Lin

    from Grand Island Ne

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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:

        Cant wait to buy my next Bass from you guys

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Bass

        By n8music.com

        from Canada

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Neck Heavy
        • Wide Neck

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

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

        Great bass I noticed no cons on here so I thought Id point out that this bass is a heavy beast and it WILL hurt your neck if its not setup properly or modified. Also, compared to its Gibson big brother this bass is noticeably not as easy to play. If you are willing to dish out the money to buy this I highly recommend you consider the Gibson version...or go with the epi TB non pro version for five hundred less ...They sound almost identical against each other and the major differences being mainly in the improved sustain with the through body neck. (hardly noticeable having both beside me)

        (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!

             
            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.

              (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!!

                (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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Well made, great tone & sustain

                  By Howie289

                  from NJ

                  About Me Experienced

                  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.

                    (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.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Perfection

                      By Seth Kelly

                      from Blythewood, SC

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Ask me a question

                      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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