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Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass  

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  • 7-piece walnut/maple neck
  • Through-body construction
  • T-Pro humbucking pickups
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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

      Order now and snag this classic bass for yourself.

       

      Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass Specifications:

      • 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 39 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (34)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Fun to play (9)
      • Good feel (9)
      • Good tone (9)
      • Good pick up (6)
      • Solid electronics (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (5)
        • Practicing (5)
        • Recording (4)
        • Small venues (4)
        • Rock concerts (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (7)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

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

        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...Read complete review

        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.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        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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        5.0

        Best Bass by far!

        By ZachSmith

        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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        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.

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          (0 of 1 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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          T-Bird Pro IV Bass

          By Bones

          from Santa Cruz, 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
            • 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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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Solid Bass

            By Basement Blues

            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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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              perfect for the price

              By Wookie

              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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                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great bass, but i reworked it

                  By bat echolocation

                  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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                    (2 of 2 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.

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                      (5 of 6 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.

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Exceptional Bass

                        By HarbingerHarry

                        from Lafayette, LA

                        About Me Experienced

                        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'll start by saying I ordered the trans black, which was lighter (in color) in person, which definitely did not disappoint me.

                            I've been playing for a little over 10 years. Nothing professional, just the occasional jam session with friends. I recently wanted to buy a "real" bass after years of buying second hand instruments that weren't horrible, but nothing to write home about. I had been wanting a Thunderbird for as long as I have been playing, and finally bit the bullet. All I can say now is "Why did I wait so long"? The play-ability is amazing. It has a wonderful sound to it. I've seen some people complain that it's not a good slap bass, but I was quite pleased at the sound while popping a few strings here and there. I'm by no means a funk or jazz bassist, but it did the job when needed.

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