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  • Classic design
  • Alder body (Mahogany on Silverburst finish)
  • 34" scale
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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

Make your music fly with the Thunderbird. Order today.

 
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EpiphoneThunderbird IV Bass
 
4.7

(based on 348 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (288)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (11)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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    5.0

    great unique bass

    By Sillse001

    from Toronto, ON

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      This bass is the best for the price great for rock and punk and everything inbetween

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      5.0

      Absolutely Awesome

      By Destroyer15

      from Rio Rancho, NM

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

        Absolutely love it!!! I proudly own a Limited Edition Ebony bass with silver humbruckers. The sound of it is flawless, the neck fells just right, and body is beautiful. The only negative thing I think is the weight. Other than that it's just right for me.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good cheap instrument

        By blowdy

        from Richmond Virginia

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

        This is the 16th bass I have owned. Most are Fender models, but I have a few other styles and makes. The Epiphone Thunderbird is an awkward feeling bass to play compared to a fender with its body and arm contours.
        I like the sound of the pickups and the neck feels pretty good. I have no trouble with it staying in tune and intonation is right. There's some type of flaw in it's neck that won't allow it to be perfectly straight. I have to leave a little bow in the neck so that the G string won't buzz on the upper frets. Maybe filing a fret will fix it, have not tried yet.
        Overall, its got a pretty finish and its classic Thunderbird design is nice to use. For a cheap bass, you can't really beat it.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful, it delivers!

        By Bowlingforsoup123

        from Utah

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

        When I bought this bass I only had enough for the bass, and shipping. No warranty. When I opened it a couple days had passed so I couldnt send it back. I was very dissapointed. The way they put the bass together was terrible. Some large amount of money later, after having it fixed, I love it! Amazing sound, everything about this bass is great. Make sure though if you buy this bass, GET THE WARRANTY! JUST IN CASE!!!!!

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        4.0

        Exceptional bass for the money

        By JL

        from MI

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

          This is a very solid bass. Good tone, good feel, no complaints for the price point.

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          STILL LOVE THESE!!!

          By Acebassman

          from Louisiana

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Love it
          • Neck Dive Can Be Solved
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Neck Dive

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

          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.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          playes like a bass twice its worth

          By Schwake

          from Sault ste. Maie (ON)

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Cool Tone
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Large
          • top heavy

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

          I have had this for four years now and basses come and go. But im keeping this for ever.
          It was the seccond bass i ever owned and I have gone through 4 since than but I always come back to this.
          I upgraded my pickups and its prefect, if you are begining or experienced I could recomend this is the bass for you.
          The only con is its large and top heavy, but im a big guy and does not bother me non.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LOVE THESE!!!!

          By Acebassman

          from Louisiana

          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
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

            I own 3 of these. 2 of them have the black pickups and the other is the white one with the chrome pickups. As a side note they are standard humbucker size so I got chrome surrounds for mine which really made it look great. There is a significant difference between the 2 pickups. The black ones aren't as loud and are more round and warm. The chrome ones have more punch and seem more defined. They do sound quite different yet they both sound excellent. I like the chrome ones a little better for my taste. Moving the strap button to the neck plate really fixes the head dive. Not completely but makes it liveable. I am a guitarist as well and have played Gibson Firebirds since the 70's and go back and forth so I have a large collection of guitars and basses but I found my first Tbird for $100 kinda beat up and fell in love with it and bought a sunburst and a white one. I am totally happy with them and you can get ALOT of different tones from them between the knobs on the guitar and eq on your amp. It's a versatile bass it you know how to work your eq.

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