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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

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

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!

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
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good pick up (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 (11), Professional musician (4)

Reviewed by 17 customers

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5.0

Great bass at a good price.

By 

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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    4.0

    Thunderbird bass

    By 

    from Quincy Ca

    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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      4.0

      Great bass, quite heavy

      By 

      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 

        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.

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          5.0

          Wanted another bass

          By 

          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 

            from Blythewood, SC

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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 

            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 

                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 

                from Fair Oaks, CA

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                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 

                  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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