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Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass Satin Black

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The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass guitar has great looks, action and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34"-scale hard maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and G... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass guitar has great looks, action and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34"-scale hard maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Gothic inlay at the 12th fret. The pickguard is dressed up with a Celtic cross while the black-on-black hardware and satin black finish give it a decidedly dark demeanor. Two Thunderbird Plus pickups provide appropriate growl. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Mahogany body
  • 34"-scale hard maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • Gothic inlay at the 12th fret
  • Celtic cross on pickguard
  • Black hardware
  • 2 Thunderbird Plus pickups
  • Case sold separately
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EpiphoneGoth Thunderbird IV Bass
 
4.7

(based on 236 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

D-A-R-K Sound

I'll get this out of the way right away - I like the way this bass looks. This is not why I rated it so high. I am a guitarist, but I bought...Read complete review

I'll get this out of the way right away - I like the way this bass looks. This is not why I rated it so high. I am a guitarist, but I bought this bass looking for a particular sound - it had to be DARK, low, booming and mean. I plugged every bass I could find in this price range into a (very nice) 900-watt bass amp on the floor at my local GC. This one impressed me the most. I had heard it had high-ish action, and I tend to use drop-d tuning a lot. As expected, it didn't rattle a bit in drop-d. The sound is pretty flexible for a bass, with the 2 pickups and the blending control. This bass produces some gut-wrenching rumble and funky, perky tones with equal precision, clarity and effortlessness. Palm muting the low D string produces an awesome tone with heavy attack that can be made to sound almost exactly like a kick drum - this is an option if you write music in double-bass, but your drummer doesn't play double-bass... One handy thing that I didn't notice when I bought it was the shape of the pickups, which make an excellent thumb rest for finger picking. Yes, the neck is prone to diving, but with the right strap, this effect can be virtually eliminated. You should use a good strap and straplocks on every instrument anyway, but this is particularly true of bass guitars, since they tend to be ungodly heavy (particularly from the point of view of a guitarist who spends a fair amount of time playing hollow-body electrics). Buy this bass - it sounds great, Epiphone is an excellent quality instrument, and you will not be dissappointed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Looks great, plays good, sounds ok.

I like the way it looks and plays, but overall its just too treblely for taste. They substituted clangy for clarity. I have to turn the tone control back to about 20% to...Read complete review

I like the way it looks and plays, but overall its just too treblely for taste. They substituted clangy for clarity. I have to turn the tone control back to about 20% to get a more full bodied sound. It plays well and has a good feel too it, but I get a little fret buzz here and there. I'm not a fan of the bridges that Epiphone uses for most of their basses. You aren't really able to adjust the action on the strings individually. Its not a bad bass for the price.I liked it more when I first got it, but now I don't play it much.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Serves Its Purpose

By Slick

from Washington, D.C.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Balance

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

Biggest thing you need to know: this bass is really made to look cool, everything else is secondary. I bought it for a gimmick 80s hair band that I play in, and it is perfect for that. It plays well, and for the style of music I use it for, the sound is pretty darn good. Most importantly, the look is ideal. Again, this bass is primarily designed to look cool.

That being said, it would not be my go to bass for any other band as the look and sound wouldn't fit what I'd be trying to do. The balance is not ideal, as the neck dives pretty badly if playing while standing.

In summation: this bass looks cool, sounds ok, and is great in the proper application, it's just not for every situation or every player.

 
3.0

Looks great, plays good, sounds ok.

By bluenull

from Orlando. FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Looks great
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Bridge Design
  • Too Treblely

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I like the way it looks and plays, but overall its just too treblely for taste. They substituted clangy for clarity. I have to turn the tone control back to about 20% to get a more full bodied sound. It plays well and has a good feel too it, but I get a little fret buzz here and there. I'm not a fan of the bridges that Epiphone uses for most of their basses. You aren't really able to adjust the action on the strings individually. Its not a bad bass for the price.I liked it more when I first got it, but now I don't play it much.

 
4.0

Great for deep, dark sludgy music

By pcake

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Experienced

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I really like the very low, dark tones this bass puts out. Yes, it's a cheap bass and the hardware isn't the best, but it does fine for the cost. And this is not the most versatile bass around, however it's just the thing if you want very low, dark tone. Great for some kinds of metal, grindcore, etc, but probably wouldn't be the right bass for jazz, disco or a variety of other types of music. The look and sound of this bass might not make it the best for classic rock unless you've decided to add a goth twist.

Expect it will take some dialing in to get the tone you're looking for if your amp is set up for other basses as this bass has less highs and rumbling lows.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass No Regrets

By Kingjohn1230

from Eastvale, Ca

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I just got this Bass a couple months ago. I am still a beginner and this bass is cool to play. Good sound and looks great. Money well spent.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    on the fence

    By schlappinDAbass

    from the great white north

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        i have had mixed results with this bass. I've always loved the visual aspect, but could never dial in a good sound when I went to stores to try it. always had a flat, thumpy sound like a pile of damp fabric hitting a hard wood floor. but last time, I tried it out of a Mark Bass amp (which I find similar in sound to my Crate) and set up the EQ the way I do with my band instead of ignoring it like I usually do when I try a new instrument. this time, the tone was amazing.

        My advice, try it on as close to your gear as you can, then buy the exact one you tested due to the mixed results.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Bass

        By Joseph Gorman

        from Nashua, NH

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        This bass is amazing the sound is perfect for metal and great for rock plus it looks incredible

        (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Dude, Funny story!

        By Skyler Cline

        from Mondamin, IA

        Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

        Dude i just got knee surgery and as a get-well soon present my friend justin told me to pick a bass out and he'll buy it so i chose this, Stil under anesthetics and and Oxycotone or 2 i accidentally order 3... Guess who was mad?

        (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Just Terrible

        By Canadian Bass Player

        from Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Looks Really
        • Looks Really Cool

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          This is the worst bass I have ever played. I bought it on a whim on here before I tried it out. It looks cool but that's the only good thing. It sounds terrible and feels terrible.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bring the Thunder!

          By Matt Thomas

          from Euless, TX

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          I traded an Epiphone EB-3 for this bass and this was such an upgrade from that I had before. It's tone is amazing for the money. I find this bass best suited for straight forward rock or metal. I always played with both pickups at full volume and the tone all up all the way and got very growly sound with plenty of low end to boot. As much as I loved the tone of this bass, I ended up selling it for a few reasons. I don't case for the Gibson/Epiphone bridges on their standard bass models because you can't adjust the saddles individually like you can with other basses, you can only raise and lower the sides of the bridge itself. The neck also dives when you're not holding it which is a bit of an inconvenience and due to the way this bass is made, it always made my left shoulder uncomfortable since i always had to hold the neck and extend my arm further to play the notes on the lower frets no matter how high or low i had my strap. This bass really isn't suited for finger picking or slapping due to the string spacing, also. But, it's awesome for pick playing.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Thunderbird

          By lloyd tollestrup

          from Alberta

          Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

          Definatley one of the best basses that I have ever played. I dont know if I will ever play anything else.

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