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¢ The great sound and look of the classic Gibson Thunderbird ¢ Alder body with 20-fret, 34" maple neck and rosewood fingerboard ¢ 2-TB-Plus humbucker...Read More

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Rock 'n' roll approved body style.

¢ The great sound and look of the classic Gibson Thunderbird

¢ Alder body with 20-fret, 34" maple neck and rosewood fingerboard

¢ 2-TB-Plus humbuckers, 2 volume, and 1 tone

The Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass has a classic shape and a great sound. This streamlined design is based on Gibson's original model. 2 humbucking pickups. Volume and tone controls. Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

FEATURES
  • Classic design
  • Alder body (Mahogany on Silverburst finish)
  • 34" scale
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 frets
  • 2 TB-Plus humbuckers
  • 2 volume and 1 tone
  • Chrome hardware
  • Polyurethane finish
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EpiphoneThunderbird IV Bass
 
4.7

(based on 356 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (293)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Solid electronics (16)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (16)
  • Recording (16)
  • Rock concerts (13)
  • Small venues (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

STILL LOVE THESE!!!

This is my second review of these basses. I have purchased 2 more since. IF you look around you can find them cheap. As I said in my first review one of mine...Read complete review

This is my second review of these basses. I have purchased 2 more since. IF you look around you can find them cheap. As I said in my first review one of mine is the white one with the chrome pickups. They are standard guitar sized pickups so you can find chrome humbucker surrounds that really make it look great. I bought another Black and a Sunburst. The black one was a little beat up but got it for a song with the hardshell. I typically modify my guitars (see the Harley TB in my previous posting). I decided the Black one was a little 'bland' so since it was so cheap I decided I'd bling it a bit. As I said in my previous posting the pickups are different the black to chrome, both can sound great and with the same configuration of 2 Vol, 1 Tone you basically have a Jazz Bass with humbuckers so you have that same type of versatility of sound and remember your AMP has EQ too so you can dial in a ton of tones. They come from the factory with no tension on the neck so you always need to crank the truss rod a few turns which changes the action nicely and then adjust the bridge and all of mine you can breathe on the strings and there's no fret buzz. I have over 60 guitars/basses and I play these exclusively. I did want to add I bought the 3 point replacement bridge in gold for the sunburst one and changed the rest of the hardware to gold and used gold metallic tape to cover the pickups and it looks killer. I highly recommend these. They are lighter than the Gibson and sound 'close enough' for 1/4 the price of the Gibson. ALSO if you move the strap button to one of the neck bolts the neck dive diminishes alot, not completely, but wAY more liveable. I am very happy with all 5 of mine and have no plans of ever parting with them. The ONLY problem I have is deciding which 2 to take to a gig.

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I own 2 of these, they sound different..

I got a Vintage Sunburst model about a year ago and i love it. Plays great sounds great, its tough too, stands up to gigging on a regular basis nicely. I loved it...Read complete review

I got a Vintage Sunburst model about a year ago and i love it. Plays great sounds great, its tough too, stands up to gigging on a regular basis nicely. I loved it so much i wanted another one for my back up so i ordered the Arctic white poly model. When i got it label said it was "Alpine white" why does site say arctic and actual bass say alpine? thought that was weird. I was totally bummed cause white bass does not sound the same as the vintage sunburst model. Must be different pickup from the black to chrome finish. I should have returned it but i kept it cause its just my back up and it looks killer. When i got the Vintage sunburst model it was ready to play out of the box, the arctic white model i had to mess with quite a bit and actuly i still havent got it setup the way i would like. Neck had a wicked bow, after messing with the truss rod a bit ive gotten it better but still not perfect like i would want it to be.

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5.0

Great for the price!

By Tom

from undisclosed

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Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

It's hard to believe one can purchase this level of quality at this price. The neck and fretwork are amazing for this level. I did have to do a full setup, but that is normal for any new instrument. The finish is beautiful. The tone is as expected, a little grindy, which I love. I thiught it would be more top-heavy but it is nicely balanced. I would recommend it highly.

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4.0

Even restock is nice

By ToneHead

from Alabama

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I ordered a restock sunburst so there were a few cosmetic issues but nothing to take away from the tone. The tone of this thing is incredible! I play through an Acoustic B200H and Eden 4x10 and this bass just screams! Everything from hard rock, grunge, and punk/pop-punk, to funk, hip-hop, and RnB. This bass does it all! The setup out of the box was kinda bad though. All four strings buzz on the 1st and 12th frets. But it's still a great buy and I'm super stoked on mine!

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4.0

I've owned one for ten years

By Shane

from undisclosed

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Not good for a first bass

Best Uses

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

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I got one of these back in maybe 2005(?) as my first bass. They were more expensive back then, and for some reason cost about sixty bones less now. I didn't play this bass regularly for years because I never took the time to get it set up, and truth be told it was very unwieldy to me as a novice musician. The neck is very heavy and the string spacing a little wider than you'd get on a p or j-bass. I've heard that simply moving the strap button to the back of the guitar on the neck plate works wonders for your back and neck.
Anyway, if you get one of these and it is set up well, it is a very fun guitar to play. It is large and sounds bold, and feels more like a weapon in your hands than a guitar. It seems to handle lower tunings pretty well. The 3-point bridge isn't great, but it's not terrible; adjusting string height can be a little of a pain and you may get a little buzz. Also, I swear this thing NEVER goes out of tune, which I think is a very redeeming quality in any instrument. If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have had the T-Bird as a first bass, but I would certainly buy one now.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Beginner Bass

By M.

from Nashville

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I read many glowing reviews of this bass on the sites of MF and GC, so I decided to buy one. Huge disappointment. Maybe I got a stinker or maybe the writers of the reviews don't venture beyond the 7th fret...who knows. Mine looks and sounds GREAT. However, the fret finishing beyond the 12th fret is essentially non-existent. Frets 15 and 16 are completely dead unless you keep the action at factory height, which is just not practical. The old-school three-point bridge looks great, but it's time to retire this dinosaur, even at this price point. It would be functional if Gibson/Epiphone would replace saddles 4 and 5 with additional 1 and 2 saddles for the E and A strings respectively (three-point bridge users will understand that lingo...). Even an inexpensive Gotoh bridge would improve the function immensely; a Hipshot would send it through the roof. I've played both professionally and casually here in Nashville since 1999, and have played bass for 30 years. I've owned some Gibson USA basses in my time (vintage G3 and Victory), and currently have two USA guitars (SG and LP). Gibson simply doesn't design basses for bassists who do anything more than play the root. I considered having the frets dressed by a service center, but have elected to simply return it to GC. Again, if you subscribe to the Dusty Hill Doctrine ("I promise to play the root, the whole root, and nothing but the root."), then this bass is fine. If you like to do ANYTHING more, then look elsewhere. I really wish Gibson would re-evaluate their approach to bass design, because I love to support local business. They're missing a huge market share by choosing to offer poorly designed and poorly executed instruments. Even a Babicz bridge can't correct a flawed blueprint...

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    5.0

    Plays like basses costing much more

    By bangtree

    from Las Vegas, NV

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy Adjustments
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Sexy Body
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      I have been playing bass guitar for 45 years and I have always owned high quality instruments. My most recent bass was a Ric 4001 which I played for 25 years. It got stolen. I was devastated and broke, but I had to find another bass. So I drove to the music store and I reluctantly auditioned all the cheap basses. (Like I said, I was broke.) After 3 or 4 disappointments I tried the Epiphone Thunderbird. I was completely blown away. I couldn't believe it. Of course it caught my eye with it's sexy body style, but it also played just as good, and sounded just as good as my beloved Ric. I bought it immediately and I love it. Sure, I miss my Ric. But my new Thunderbird and I are doing just fine!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Glorious

      By davernoise.com

      from Illinois

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

          My soon to be former bass is a Gibson RD Artist. This Epiphone Thunderbird is better in everyway. Lighter, easier to play, and sounds every bit as huge as my Gibson, without the muddy low end.

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          5.0

          STERLING vs THUNDERIRD

          By ardenwood

          from Portland, OR

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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
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

            I bought a Sterling by music man SUB bass of the same price because I was told for the money you can't beat a sterling.

            Yes the Sterling has decent hardware and plays very very well. But the active pickup is way to crisp....not my cup of tea. I'm a passive fan. The Sterling looks esentually like a strat which to me looks goofy. The finish on them is also pretty poor. The mint green is very light...no where near as dark as fenders surf green. The walnut color is ok, but mohagany is pretty boring to look at especially since the finish is mat.

            This thunder bird bass however is fantastic. The finish looks great and the pick ups are good too. I've been told the bass is a rock bass, but with the diverse range of tones I made on mine you could easily play jazz or country if you wanted.....even metal.

            Mine didn't have fret buzz but i have a feeling I just got lucky.

            The hardware is black (not a fan) but the quality seems to be better cuz they went with a cheaper finish. Though the tuners seam kinda iffy. Stays in tune though.

            No neck dive either. Not sure what ppl are talking about. The Gibson does, but this bolt on neck epiphone is very balanced. It's plenty comfortable to sit down and play too.

            My dream is a rickenbacker,.....but I don't have that kinda money lol. This is probably the most affordable good sounding wierd looking bass out there.

            Love it.

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            5.0

            Great Bass For A Great Price

            By Aly

            from Cairo

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

              This is a great handcrafted bass that's well worth the money. The best thing about this bass is the neck. It's smooth and perhaps the best neck I've played on. It's got a great tone and stays in tune fine. The finish is really beautiful and the pictures above don't do them justice. It really is a great finish. I don't seem to have a neck dive problem. I jam for hours on this thing and have no problems. It's a great choice for any beginner or performing player.

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              5.0

              Awesome Bass!

              By BassMonkey97

              from South Carolina

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              Pros

              • Full Of Boom
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics
              • Well put together

              Cons

              • Kinda Heavy
              • Neck Dive

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

              I bought this bass a while back. As soon as I picked this bass up I could tell that it was put together really well. If your sensitive to weighty basses, this may not be the bass for you. As it is well... heavy. Also, I'm not a huge fan of the neck dive. As soon as you take your hand off the neck, it drops like a rock. But not very noticeable at all while playing. But this is an easy fix by simply moving the strap button to the back. (On the Neck Plate)
              The tone this bass has is absolutely incredible. Thunderous low end, (No pun intended) while very clean, almost piano like highs. I use this bass in my band, "Alarm Drum", and it has really complimented my sound in that setting. We play Hard Rock/Post Punk. For those of you wondering. I even play in a church where we play contemporary Christian music. So it is very versatile for sure.
              Overall, yes I would recommend this bass. The pros outweigh cons big-time. Awesome looks, awesome feel, awesome sound! BUY IT

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              5.0

              Awesome bass for an affordable price

              By thebassguy

              from Leitchfield, KY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

                I've had this bass for about 3 years now and I'm still very satisfied with this instrument. It has a great sound, great style, just all of it is great. I use it usually for a small church but have used it in large churches/venues and it still sounds great...got a lot of compliments on it. Now, I may look into getting the Epiphone Thunderbird PRO-V 5 String if it is like this bass!

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