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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar   (Used)

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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

Join the list of rock legends today. Order now!

 

Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar Specifications:

  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.50"
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
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EpiphoneThunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Fun to play (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Jamming (6)
    • Rock concerts (6)
    • Small venues (3)
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    (2 of 2 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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Thunderbird worthy of the name!

        By Scary Uncle Gary-Ux09y

        from Undisclosed

        About Me Experienced

        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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutly Amazing

        By Brian Cutts

        from Fair Oaks, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        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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          5.0

          great bass

          By sunrock

          from new mexico

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

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

            great sound very nice bass

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            An amazing bass for the money!

            By exiii

            from SLC UT

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Tuner Alignment

            Best Uses

            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

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

            When I purchased this bass, I was looking at getting a Gibson at 3 times the price. I saw this one in Arctic White though and scrapped that plan entirely. Visually, this bass blew them all away.

            Though, I've never owned one, almost every Tbird felt good to me in the store, so I wasn't too worried about playability. Before I had checked the specs, I was preparing to buy the bass and simply scrap the pickups and electronics. At that pricepoint I figured it would need a few upgrades. Then I read that it had Gibson TB+ humbuckers and thought that might not be necessary. IT'S NOT - the pickups are staying. I still may throw an active EQ in there, but that's just a personal preference - the tone is good as it is.

            Setup from the factory was good. The action was a little high, but better-than-acceptable. There were no buzzes whatsoever. I played it as it was for about 3 weeks until I changed the strings out and finalized the setup - lowering the action, readjusting the truss-rod slightly for new tensions and re-intonating everything. This is when I decided that I don't like Gibson's 3 point bridge. I'll be upgrading it with a Hipshot SuperTone soon. This will give me independent string-height adjustment, the ability to lower the action a bit more and a better bridge/body connection.

            The one minor problem I had with the bass setup was the alignment of the tuning machines. The E & A tuning knobs interfered with each other, and there was some slight play in the seating of the E machine. I also noticed this issue on another Epiphone bass in the store. It was an easy fix though. I glued a toothpick in the oversized hole of the set screw, which was enough to put the tuner in the correct alignment and remove the play. I had to knock it down a star for that. As for the machines themselves, they're OK. Maybe not great, but certainly in line with the price point.

            Back to the looks, I've played three shows with this bass, and it gets a lot of attention from the crowd and other bass-players. One guy wanted to make sure he knew exactly which model it was so he could get one, and one women grabbed me on the floor after our set to tell me how sexy it was (not me, mind you - the bass). Lots and lots of positive comments though.

            Seriously, this is an amazing bass for the money. It gave me exactly what I wanted and saved me a grand over a comparable Gibson model. Downside: The truss-rod cover says Epiphone instead of Gibson - Oh the tragedy. :)

            Buy a case.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great rock bass

            By B.C. Rich

            from allentown, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Not For Everything

            Best Uses

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

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

            30 yrs. playing, have owned many basses. what a great value for the money! Quality is great. very solid tight tone with power.Pick tone is great!For finger style, tight string spacing takes getting used to,so does the long neck,but it's worth it! A welcomed addition to my collection

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO

            By Mutt Lange's disciple

            from Fairland, OK

            About Me Experienced

            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:

              This bass is absolutely amazing. Excellent craftsmanship, Gibson electronics, awesome tone and playability. It's so close to the Gibson at less then 1/3 of the price. It amazes me that they can sell it so cheap. the absolute best value on an instrument that I've ever seen. The websites all say it has a 7 ply neck but that isn't true. It has a 9 play mahogany/walnut neck just like the Gibson. I've talked with epiphone and they have confirmed this (although they still haven't changed the specs on the website). If you are looking for a really great bass, this is it. Buy it!!!

              P.S.
              You won't find a case that it fits in so buy the Epi Thunderbird case

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect bass for what I needed

              By Daniel

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I needed a bass for recording and ordered this based on my research in trying to decide between this and a p-bass. This bass sounds great for recording if you are looking for a full and deep bass sound. I am recording straight into Logic and the pickups have a great low-end sound to them that takes very little tweaking. The bass itself took very little setup upon arrival. There is a little bit of neck-dive inherent to this model, but it's very minimal. Great value for the money and even looks good hanging on the wall.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great bass, flaw in clearcoat...

                    By JDT

                    from Calgary, AB

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Good value

                    Cons

                    • Clearcoat Flaw On Neck

                    Best Uses

                    • Duh

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

                    Epiphone has really hit it out of the park with this bass. The body is nice and getting the Gibson pickups is an incredible value. Sound is excellent (a lot more full with the Gibson pickups than my American Fender P-Bass).

                    That being said, mine has a small spot on the neck/edge of the fingerboard where the clearcoat didn't quite 'melt' together. Unfortunately, the small dot is right where the fret marker would be, but it is at the 4th fret, so it has been a bit of an issue with my peripheral vision sometimes thinking it is the 5th fret marker. Luck of the draw I guess.

                    I would have bought it in person, but for some reason this instrument won't be available in Canada until MARCH. So I bought it here...

                    I guess overall this instrument is excellent, but beware of the attention to detail. It is no Gibson.

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                    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A Triumph !

                    By Brutsy

                    from Ontario, Canada.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Pickups
                    • Nice Growl
                    • Reasonable Price
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Position Markers On Neck

                    Best Uses

                    • Playing Bass Of Course

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

                    Factory setup leaves a bit to be desired but adjustment is always a personal item. Well balanced (i.e. no often mentioned neck dive issues). My main bass since 1978 is a RIC 4001 and I still love it best but this Epiphone has been a delightful surprise for playing. Buy a case specifically for it because nothing "standard" will fit. Larger neck position markers would help but then I am used to and comparing to the RIC. Neck through constrution & USA made pickups make it an above average homage to the Gibson and a great price for a second bass or a first "pro" instrument. And gosh darn it...even if you don't play very well you will, at the very least, look good playing it! ;)

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