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The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird bass. This distinctively shaped rock-and-roll bass combines...Click To Read More About This Product

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Distinctive design and amazing sustain.

The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird bass. This distinctively shaped rock-and-roll bass combines traditional design elements with new technology at a price any bassist can afford.

Epiphone's Thunderbird Pro-V Bass features a 7-piece walnut/maple neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and tone. It also hass Epiphone T-Pro bass humbucking pickups with custom active electronics and EQ to dial in the bass sound you seek.

It features Epiphone's SlimTaper design, which upholds a precise width-to-thickness ratio on the neck. This design provides added comfort and agility when racing through the frets, while not fatiguing your digits. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • 7-piece walnut/maple neck
  • Through-body construction
  • T-Pro humbucking pickups
  • Custom active electronics and EQ
  • Case sold separately

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Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass

  • Body Wings: Mahogany
    Neck: 7-piece (Alternating Walnut/Maple)
    Neck Profile: SlimTaper Bass
    Neck Joint: Through-Neck
    Truss Rod: Double-Action, 2-way
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Frets: 20 medium/jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
    Scale Length: 34"
    Nut Width: 1.50"
    Neck Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
    Bridge Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
    Bridge: Flush-mount, fully adjustable
    Controls: Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ
    Tuners: Premium Die-Cast Bass
    Outputs: 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
    Hardware: Black
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EpiphoneThunderbird Pro-IV Bass
 
4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone quality questionable

If it would not have been for the hiccup of a substandard bass received in the first attempt my overall experience would have been better, thankfully I purchased at Musicians Friend, where you can...Read complete review

If it would not have been for the hiccup of a substandard bass received in the first attempt my overall experience would have been better, thankfully I purchased at Musicians Friend, where you can depend on good customer service should something go wrong.
I ordered the T-Bird Pro Bass in natural finish for its appeal, and I have to say I am generally pleased with my purchase, even though it took two attempts to get me a bass that would be (almost) flawless. The first one I got had a wavy finish on the headstock logo plate, had rough, unfinished spots on the wood of the body, and a loose screw on the neck guitar strap hook that snapped the moment I sensibly tightened it. While I could have possibly lived with all those minor flaws on that T-Bird I received first it also had a severe ground hum, and I was not about to open up the bass to fix what they missed to attend during production and quality control. That first T-Bird bass that was sent to me was in worse condition than my "2nd" marked T-Bird IV that I already own. So back it went for an exchange. Bass #2 arrived, and was better in all regards, except for one small visible nick in the wood that I will live with. Bass came detuned, action set slightly high for my taste, after adjustments to my liking I am very pleased with my purchase, but do know now that while the natural finish is off stunning appearance the wood is open and raw, not sealed with any type of flat or satin clear finish, so there will be marks visible over time, if you do not take care of this bass and keep it in a case. Is it worse in quality than a GIBSON? Well, I did not order a GIBSON T-Bird, as I don't have the dough available to me to afford one, but frankly, after reading reviews on Gibson's T-Birds I felt confident I would get the better deal with an Epihone unit. That it took 2 attempts to get me a bass that was right shows me though that there is fluctuation in quality with Epiphones too.
General quality of the basses I received is good, but not excellent. The fully checked off check tag from quality control on the guitar showed everything was peachy even for the first flaw studded T-Bird I received. Makes you wonder what they check and how ...
What can you expect in the sub price category of bass guitars, I think the T-Bird Pro by Epiphone represents an apropriate and very playable value for the money paid.

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Not great, maybe a defect?

I really wanted to love this bass. I've been playing for only about 3 months, but I play every day and I'm really getting into it. I bought a used Thunderbird IV off...Read complete review

I really wanted to love this bass. I've been playing for only about 3 months, but I play every day and I'm really getting into it. I bought a used Thunderbird IV off [@], and I finally upgraded to the Pro.Unfortunately, there were a few problems with my model. First, I thought the finish of the guitar was substantially lighter than in the picture. I ordered the Vintage Sunburst finish, and it just didn't look right when I got it. Second, the active pickups produced and constant, though quiet, constant hum. If I touched the bridge with my fingers, it would pop a little bit. Hopefully this was an isolated incident. Thank you to Musician's Friend for the easy return! Perhaps I will try it again someday.On a better note, the guitar seemed to have excellent construction, and I thought it was really playable (especially compared to the regular Thunderbird IV).

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pleasantly surprised

By Dominick

from Nashville

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Hangs Forward

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

    I have played some of the best basses out there; Rickenbacker, Fender Jazz (American), Warwick $$ Corvette, B.C. Rich and Musicman. This bass easily compares to them in tone/quality while having a sound totally its own. I was at first embarassed to be seen playing such a cheap instrument - especially with the Epiphone logo on it being so visible, but I got over it soon after owning it. I really like the way it plays, sounds and looks. For the price, you will not get a better neck-thru, active bass.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's BIG - It's BAD - It's BEAUTIFUL

    By Old guy who plays rock bass

    from West Coast

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    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

    When I was a kid in the 60's, I saw the Rolling Stones in sacramento CA - Brian Jones was playing a Thunderbird Guitar. I thought it was cool. Who would have known that 100 years later, I'd still be drawn to the shape of a Thunderbird.I didn't really NEED a new bass, but I had some Christmas Cash and a coupon to Musician's Friend and now I own one. I really, really like it. I don't make a living with this bass - in fact - I play it about an hour every Sunday at church. Maybe I'm not the best critic of this instrument musically because I've only been playing a year, but believe me, something has been soothed in my music soul by acquiring this bass.Oh yeah, "Incredible sustain, awesome tone control, massive sound output" and all that other drivel that EVERY bass claims in it's advertising.In fact it DOES have some very nice sustain and the active controls can produce a lot of nice tones. How 'bout the "hum" that you've read about on all the Bass boards? Well, it does hum a little but when you jack the treble up, so I don't jack the treble up. I have to admit that I was a little freaked out when I first plugged it in - it DID hum. I called Musicians Friend and demanded a new one - they very graciously gave me an RMA number and sent me a UPS prepaid shipping label to ship it back to them. (Thanks for the comforting good service, Musician's Friend)I got to thinking - I'm just gonna get another humming bass -- so I slept on it and decided that I liked what I had and kept it. I'm glad I did. (I just would have gotten another bass that performed the same,,,maybe not as pretty)How about the "neck dive"? Epiphone has moved the strap connect point so it doesn't dive - a good non-slippery guitar strap will help too.Did I mention how BIG this thing is? Physically large - and IMPOSING. This is NOT the typical Fender shape of most other guitars...It says "LOOK AT ME"! The color and finish (I got a Vintage Starburst) is very nice. Nice Dark Cherry brown color, VERY nice clear finish with no flaws. I bought the dedicated case too - good idea. It fits perfectly and looks to be good quality construction.If you want to be SEEN as well as heard, get this bass. Or maybe don't get this bass and I'll be one of the FEW with a truly BIG, BAD, BEAUTIFUL Bass Guitar.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone quality questionable

    By Axel B.

    from SoCal

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

    If it would not have been for the hiccup of a substandard bass received in the first attempt my overall experience would have been better, thankfully I purchased at Musicians Friend, where you can depend on good customer service should something go wrong.
    I ordered the T-Bird Pro Bass in natural finish for its appeal, and I have to say I am generally pleased with my purchase, even though it took two attempts to get me a bass that would be (almost) flawless. The first one I got had a wavy finish on the headstock logo plate, had rough, unfinished spots on the wood of the body, and a loose screw on the neck guitar strap hook that snapped the moment I sensibly tightened it. While I could have possibly lived with all those minor flaws on that T-Bird I received first it also had a severe ground hum, and I was not about to open up the bass to fix what they missed to attend during production and quality control. That first T-Bird bass that was sent to me was in worse condition than my "2nd" marked T-Bird IV that I already own. So back it went for an exchange. Bass #2 arrived, and was better in all regards, except for one small visible nick in the wood that I will live with. Bass came detuned, action set slightly high for my taste, after adjustments to my liking I am very pleased with my purchase, but do know now that while the natural finish is off stunning appearance the wood is open and raw, not sealed with any type of flat or satin clear finish, so there will be marks visible over time, if you do not take care of this bass and keep it in a case. Is it worse in quality than a GIBSON? Well, I did not order a GIBSON T-Bird, as I don't have the dough available to me to afford one, but frankly, after reading reviews on Gibson's T-Birds I felt confident I would get the better deal with an Epihone unit. That it took 2 attempts to get me a bass that was right shows me though that there is fluctuation in quality with Epiphones too.
    General quality of the basses I received is good, but not excellent. The fully checked off check tag from quality control on the guitar showed everything was peachy even for the first flaw studded T-Bird I received. Makes you wonder what they check and how ...
    What can you expect in the sub price category of bass guitars, I think the T-Bird Pro by Epiphone represents an apropriate and very playable value for the money paid.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT DEAL!! ONE OF THE BEST!!

    By Been-jammin

    from Cadott, Wisconsin

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

    i was impressed with sound coming right out of the box, and played with my friend who custom made his, with a nikki sixx neck and batalini pick ups and overall it the thunderbird pro IV keeps up with the best! this is my Go -To bass, not disapointed at all
    The 3 Band EQ was a big thing for me, whether i was running it through a small practice amp, to the peavey mark IV head/cab i gig with. the neck is really smooth to work with, seemed alot easier to do runs with and the neck-thru build really gave it that extra punch was looking for. i like they put the knob for the strap on the back of the neck so there are no Neck-Dives
    The quality was great! in lamenence terms "it came perfect". i didn't have to to do anything, had a great sound right away, i didnt need to set-it up or anything. I don't know what people were saying about the "weight issue", i own a pevery somthing, and Ltd ... and a 1970's dan electro and still the thunderbird is one f the lightest basses i've ever played on.
    i ordered it when they had the "spring cleaning sale", so i got the bass and the molded hardshell case for a great price! and still im pleased!

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome!

    By Samuel Chiu

    from New Hampshire

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

    This is a very nice instrument. Since I haven't used the a Gibson Thunderbird, I can't compare, but I think that its really nice and worth the money.
    I like the little notches in the bass, treble, and tone knobs, so you can tell when you are boosting and cutting tone, and so you can tell what pickup(s) you are using. With the bass and treble boost and cut, you can dial a wide range of tones ranging from a low growl, to a bright snap.
    Overall it is nice, but on the E and A strings, when I play them, the strings are hitting something and I can hear a rattling noise coming from the guitar, even over my amp. I can't figure out what it is, but this could just be a problem with mine though, I don't know.
    A little expensive for an Epiphone, but the quality pretty much makes up for the price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent quality at an affordable price

    By arubatom

    from Loveland, Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Beautiful finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Plays Well
    • Solid Electronics
    • VERY WELL BUILT

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Has Great Tone
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

      Great looking bass that always draws compliments, with the natural oil finish. PLays great...bass tone really penetrates wherever you may play. Has features found on bassess costing hundreds, if not a thousand more.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Tracking it down

      By Bass Is Better

      from Geraldine, AL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

      I love this bass! Smooth neck, fast action, hot pickups that can be dialed down or cranked up! I've never had an issue cutting through the mix. I can dial in different tones for different moods. It's light enough to wear all night with no fatigue. With a suede backed strap she stays in place hands free. So what's with the four stars? Ground buzz. Hand on the strings = no buzz. Open strings, even while playing = buzz. I'm playing through a Peavey Max with an active input, the ground lift switch on the mixer channel has made no difference. Gotta be internal. I'll find it, but I wish I didn't have to. (And it can't be all that bad, I haven't fixed it yet have I?) Still glad I bought it. Still love it.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Bass with a powerful sound

      By JCovJr

      from South Carolina

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Looks great
      • Solid construction

      Cons

      • None But It Is New

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

        Received this bass last week, ordered the Vintage Sunset, and it is beautiful. Love the neck thru construction. When the blend knob is set toward the neck position, I get a lot of noise through the in-ear monitor we use at church, but it does not seem to come through the house. I look forward to learning what this bass can do. My hope is that one day my playing will make it sound as good as it looks.
        My previous experience is learning to play on an older entry level long scale Peavy and then moving to a short scale bass that I bought for my daugther. I prefer flatwound strings on my bass for the smooth feel and no string noise. I just like the sound. While I have played for about 7 years, I don't practice so my skills are pretty elementary.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A cheap bass for turning heads

        By Fleaflicker

        from VA

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        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

        First of all, please ignore my previous review. I was young and unlearned. This: bass: is: out: of: this: world. The playability is amazing, and the tone is staggering! I hook this up to an Ampeg SVT 210 AV and it sounds incredible! And for such a humble price, this thing can outplay Stingrays and Sterlings alike

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass!

        By cacs11

        from Inglewood, CA

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

        This is a great Bass. I've had it for 3 months now and I am very happy with my purchase. The sound is fat, it feels really comfortable in the neck, it adjust to any style of music I'm playing and it looks great. I was made for this bass. Buy it, you won't regret it.

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