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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 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.

Distinctive design and amazing sustain.

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 41 reviews)

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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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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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4.0

Sustain and timbre

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from Pacific NW USA

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Pros

  • fairly wide tonal range
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good sustain
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

    I'm a life-long guitarist who finally decided to pick up bass for noodling at home and maybe some home recording. I'm a fan of the late Chris Squire's ringing, woody picked tones and went looking for an instrument that might get me in that tonal ballpark without breaking the bank. This is a very well-made, finely crafted guitar and I don't think there's anything comparable on the market for 2 or 3 times the price. I have not found any finish or assembly flaws. The neck-through construction gives great sustain and tonal vibe, and what I like is you can feel it resonate through your body--even playing it unplugged! So many bases I've tried are acoustically dull or dead by comparison and give you little to groove on without the pickups charged. While the active pickups are cool, frankly this thing would ring even if all you plugged it into was a toilet paper tube with wax paper and rubber band. That makes it fun to play on. Plugged in, you do have to work a bit at technique and EQ and to finesse the big boom at the bottom end. As delivered fingerboard and fretwork were excellent, neck is true and there was no fret buzz. However, the action was somewhat high, so I had to do some simple setup work. It was not difficult at all to torque the neck truss just a quarter turn and lower the bridge saddles to get very comfortable low action, nice and even up and down the neck. I set it low as I wanted some of that Squire percussive fret buzz, and I was able to get just the right touch of it up, down and across the fretboard. Intonation was less than perfect out of the box, and moved again when I tweaked the neck (and I am guessing may move again with a new string set) but I found it far easier to adjust precise intonation with this bridge than any of Gibson and Fender guitars I own. Really sweet that way. Tuners and bridge are stable and it's no fuss to put in tune and keep in tune. Not just a cool looker, this guitar has a pile of virtues--a ton of bass for the money.

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    4.0

    A long wait. A good return

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    from Rexburg Idaho

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

      I love the look.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Bass by far!

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      from Deerfield, MA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great For Big Guys
      • Solid Electronics
      • Solid Weight

      Cons

      • Too Heavy For Some

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Sitting It Weights 15lbs

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

      This was the 4th bass I've purchased. And for the price it is by far the very best, but most definitely not a first guitar. it can be quite "unwieldy" due to its large stature and incredible weight, but for stronger heavier players that want the feel of something and strong and solid as them, perfect bass for you right here look no further.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent quality at an affordable price

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      from Loveland, Colorado

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      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.

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Tracking it down

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        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.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        T-Bird Pro IV Bass

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        from Santa Cruz, CA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

          I bought this level 4. It had a faulty ground wire connection that needed re-soldering and a minor crack in the neck that was easy to glue back. Once done it plays like a dream. Great sound from the pickups - great pre-amp. More punch than the standard Tbird. Not too neck heavy since they moved the strap button to the back of the body. Pretty well balanced. Color is natural with an oiled finish so you get the feel of the wood. I like natural oiled finishes so this suits me but it doesn't have any poly or gloss to it so maybe not for everyone. I feel it allows the wood to breath and gives a better resonance to not have all that thick finish. Frets are finished well - no protruding or sharp ends. All in all this has been a great purchase.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Solid Bass

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          from Chicago IL

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

            Just got one used. Nice feel on neck and easy to play. Good tone and I like the sound. Good electric. Wood work is so-so.

            I always disassemble guitars I bought to check details. All circuitry looked good. No need to resolder.

            One thing I noticed was spacer under the pickups. There were two types of foam materials. Soft sponge layer on the bottom and hard foam on the top. Sponge material was all compressed and not functional at all. Top foam material is rather hard. So, it requires a lot of torque to turn adjust screw. And the screw head is so small and can be stripped very easily if you are not careful. Also, some of these screw holes were not aligned.

            I replaced these foam materials with softer but solid one. Now adjustment is easier.

            Like some other bass guitars, this one is neck heavy but not too bad. Edge of frets was rather rough and I filed them.

            Good bass guitar for the price.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            perfect for the price

            By 

            from Cleveland Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

                I make custom guitars and this is built great, good use of tonal woods and good neck thru construction. you cant beat it for the price. If i made this it would cost at least 1500 to 2000.

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                (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                great bass, but i reworked it

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                from chicago, il

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

                  i ordered my thunderbird online which i hate to do!! mine came with a perfect black finnish! its a great bass if you leave it as is. i already own a thunderbird goth bass which has great tone and is a heavy hitter! but as with all my basses i rework to my own specs. so true to me as soon as i received the tb pro IV iI installed a kahler 4210 whammy bar,rotosound .035 to .085 strings and a new nut!! this sucker has the wow factor now! its the only bass that i could find that really has enough body stock on it to put the kahler, and the bridge on the pro IV is ideal to replace with the kahler. it is no longer just a cool bass guitar, its a four string lead!! i play through 5 amps set up as three seperate channels. the kustom amps are two hv100thd with 4 4x12 cabs, one kg100 and 4x12 cab, vintage kustom 200 bass amp and vintage kustom 250a lead amp! so it rocks with 20x12, 3x15 and a horn at 750 watts with effects pedals! but you do have to buy the the case for it. it will not fit in case for the goth! this sucker is bigger! weight distribution is better on this model since they moved the strap buttons! i do get a hum once in a while as most have complained, but thats the nest project to do this!!

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Beautiful Bass with a powerful sound

                  By 

                  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.

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