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Distinctive design and amazing sustain.

The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V 5-string Bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird Bass. This new take on the 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 has a 7-piece walnut/maple neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and tone. It also features Epiphone T-Pro bass humbucking pickups with custom active electronics and 2-band EQ to dial in the sound you seek.

It also 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.

Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V 5-string Bass Features:

  • 5-string model
    7-piece walnut/maple neck
    Through-body construction
    T-Pro humbucking pickups
    Custom active electronics and EQ


Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V 5-string 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: 21 medium/jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
    Scale Length: 34"
    Nut Width: 1.65"
    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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  • Great bass, good build, cheap electronics

    As reviewed by Captain Piyos on 5/24/2011

    I'll be honest, I fell in love with the natural oil finish 5-string version of the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro after I saw a picture of it in a magazine ad. If you've ever played a regular Epiphone Thunderbird, please try to forget your bad experience; this bass is an entirely different animal. The Thunderbird Pro sounds much brighter and P-bass like than the non-pro Thunderbird (which is awfully muddy sounding). I typically play with the neck pickup solo'd, and it has a full, rich, bright sound that has just the right amount of growl (especially great if you play with a pick). The neck has the perfect spacing between strings, and with a proper setup it plays like a dream. Epiphone hit a home run with this bass when it comes to the build of the body and neck. The fit and finish of my bass is great. The only dings on it were due to idiots mistreating on the G.C. showroom floor...I bought it knowing it had a few scratches because I got a discount. Don't be detoured by the rumors of bad pickups on the 5-string model. That was a problem with the first run of basses, but it has been corrected on current models. My bass (bought new in early 2011) has absolutely no problem picking up the low B string. In case you're wondering, the neck position strap button is located behind the neck (as opposed to the upper arm) so neck dive on this bass is not an issue. The bridge position strap button is located in the center of the bass on the bottom. I relocated it about three inches higher and now it really sits well without tipping forward or toward the headstock. The only downfall with this bass is the electronics. Mine came with a buzz attributable to improper grounding. The potentiometers in this bass are cheap, as is the jack and wiring. I replaced all the pots, the jack, and redid the wiring to ensure everything was grounded right. The bass has no more buzz or hiss as a result. This took about an hour of time, and about $20 in parts. A small investment to achieve a terrific sound. Bottom line: I love this bass. I really recommend it to anyone looking for a great 5-string that doesn't cost a fortune and will handle any rock gig with ease.

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  • yes sir,

    As reviewed by bell on 1/3/2011

    i like this guitar. i had a few other 5 string and the heavier string gauge always becomes more of a feel. this is common. easy fix is adjusting string gauges accordingly (ie. dont count on bigger being better and start putting some thought towards speakers), and putting treble into your sound, also raising pickup. some say the head dips, but... figure it out, need to think about some science (leverage). very good guitar.

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  • Excellent guitar with a few large flaws

    As reviewed by Christopher J Casion on 9/21/2012

    The appearance, finish, action and sound on the TBird Pro-V has been at least on par, if not above, its retail price. But there are a few design flaws - or failures in the manufacturing line, I cannot say - that hold it back from greatness. 1) The bridge, at least on mine, was completely ungrounded. Not because a wire fell off or a soldering point was left unattended; there was simply no way to ground the bridge as delivered. Taking it to a local luthier, he removed the bridge, drilled a tiny port from the electrical cavity out to a location behind the bridge, scraped a small area on the back of the bridge to expose metal and passed a small wire through (no soldering was necessary). The result? An *insane* buzz was cured. 2) Another bridge issue... I happened to get mine used and after repeatedly tuning low B I realized the factory string had been damaged (and soldered... Do people really do this?) No big deal, I should have a spare set on hand anyway. Getting the lighter gauge (low B @ 125), as factory sets seem to be light, I didn't expect to have any trouble fitting a new low B into the bridge. In this case the set was an Ernie Ball Super Slinky 5. They were double-wound along the ball area and the gap in the bridge was too skinny to accept the extra girth. The bridge only needs to restrain the ball, why is the tolerance *so* tight in the string passthrough area?! Using a Dremel and some care I bored out the pass through. Strings that don't have extra wrapping along the ball area will not have this problem, but I'm not even sure if a 130 or higher would fit through the pass without the extra wrapping. On to the good... The strong neck keeps a nice low angle for easy popping without buzz. My old Washburn T14 simply couldn't be set up with action this low and still be buzzless. Other reviewers have complained about low B playing quietly compared with the other strings. I have had no such issue. Low B plays loud and kicks you in the guts (rattles the floorboards and ventilation) on a little GK MB115 (200W single 15"). The sound quality and variety are both great for what I play. It can be very clean, bright and snappy or tonal and booming with plenty of mix between. So far I've simply kept the adjustment knobs in the middle, the volume all the way up and have been happy right there. Using an old Zoom B1 pedal I can get some great distortion growl or fuzz while maintaining note clarity; vastly superior sound compared with my old Washburn T14 Taurus using the same pedal. The problems *are* thoroughly annoying on a mid-to-high-grade guitar, however having been dealt with I love the way the guitar plays and how it sounds. With the annoyances put to rest I anticipate that this will be my one guitar for quite some time.

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