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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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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

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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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Not bad for the price

Returned to active status in music after a 15yr retirement period. Was low on funds and bought this as my second bass. Does not compare to the 67 gibson t-bird I had years...Read complete review

Returned to active status in music after a 15yr retirement period. Was low on funds and bought this as my second bass. Does not compare to the 67 gibson t-bird I had years ago. Necks a little thick for my liking. Front button strap needs to be placed in back of neck like gibson model. It is top heavy and you have to keep it propped with hand will playing in a standing position. Works good for studio in seatted position. Sound is as good as gibsons model but that is the only similarity to the original. Have had this bass for just over a year and just can't get the speed out of it like my old jazz. If you need a bass for the thunder this is it but don't try to play any thing like helloween or others like them on it will never be able to get the hand in position fast enough for the riffs due to the log of a neck it has. I think this might have been a bass Entwhistle would have smashed with Townsend on stage. If all you play is foundation style you can't go wrong, But if you need speed from it you have to sit down for that so the neck won't nose dive with you.

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(178 of 183 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

D-A-R-K Sound

By AJN

from Huntington Beach, CA

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

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.

(40 of 57 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

King of Metal!

By TheIceMan

from The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I played a bunch of different instruments before deciding on this one. In fact I played just about every bass in my price range at GC Dayton (and several I could not afford too). In the end I decided on the mighty T-bird. First things first ? the default strings were muddy and fuzzy? in the dumpster they went. Next I put on a set of EPS-165?s for drop D tuning. Then I stretched the heck out of the strings and found the nut groove for the A string was too narrow ? so I adjusted it and it is much better. Also out of the box the action is not too bad, but a set up is needed. There is some fussiness with the intonation on the saddles, but hey a little sharp is a grillion times better than a little flat ? good nuff. After all that fun I plugged it in to the amp with great expectations. Oh yea ? Thunderbird is the correct name. Deep, Dark, and Distinct! The tone knob makes me wonder a bit, but is useful if your amp does not have a bunch of features. I love the layout of the pickup?s and they fit my style quite well. Neck dive is a problem, but if you are doing more playing than standing around it is of little consequence. For me and my Metal desires this is the perfect bass, in the price range. Also look out if you use a felt pick. They fuzz like all get out and leave very visible white pick fuzz all over the body. So far everyone who has heard me playing has been deeply moved by the darkness of the sound. The Thunder of this bird is enough to melt your brain. Way cool bass for the genre and price!

(19 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Rock Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I purchased this bass not even a year ago and I love the thing. It is a wonderful bass for the price and I expect it to last me a long time. The only thing that is wrong with the bass is the neck dive which comes with most Thunderbirds and can be fixed with just repositioning the shoulder strap button. I would recommend this bass to anyone.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass for ANY player of ANY style

By A.J.

from Minnetonka, MN

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

When I first tried this bass, it was love at first pluck. This bass has that great "warm" and "moderate" tone. Some reviews that I've read about this bass say that it's best for only metal, hard rock, or any loud genre. Not true at all. Just because it says "Goth" in the title, the Celtic Cross, all black hardware, and has that "darkish" like sound, doesn't mean that it's only made for those genres. I've tried playing some soft songs with this bass and it sounds as good as what I hear from the original songs; and it's because you lower the volume knobs on the bass for that soft warm sound. The Maple neck plays apart to that hard punchy sound. The Mahogany wood used on the body and the rosewood fretboard really adds that warm sound. The two drawbacks to this bass is poor weight distribution and that Thunderbird basses can only fit in their own custom case. For the price that this bass goes for, it's perfect for anyone who is just starting or has been playing for years. Again don't listen to those who say that this bass is ONLY for hard core metal. It's really perfect for ANY genre.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sabbath Looks, Sabbath Tone

By TurpentineRose1

from Pensacola, FL

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

When I initially saw this model in catalogues and such, I thought it was a bit much. However, when I called up my local GC looking for a Thunderbird, it was all they had in stock. I went up with a friend, and I had to say, it looked amazing in person. The way the satin finish contrasts with the glossy pickguard is a real plus, and all the black chrome hardware really stands out when one is actually in the presence of this instrument. I also love the celtic cross on the guard, it really gives it a great metal feel, and makes it an instant plus for any celtic group, such as the one I'm in (though I'm the guitarist, but the bassist begged to try it out anyway and loves it!) I'd heard reviews that it was bad for jazz bass, but from what I've witnessed in real life, it's great for anything. The tone is rich, deep, round, and full. It looks and sounds like something Geezer Butler would have loved.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Completely Satisfied

By metalmaniac1980s

from Northwest Indiana

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I am a guitarist first, but play bass in the current band I'm in. I didnt want to spend the money for premium high-end bass. I currently play through a 300W GK head paired with a Behringer 1200w 4x10 and I am very pleased with this Epi. The pickups give great response and the lows come out thumping. I ordered online because I like my items brand new and for me to be the first to touch. Right out of the box the tuning was perfect (1/2 step), was well protected (no dents, scratches, etc) and two days later I was on stage with this bass. Not only does it look cool, but sounds great too. Players and Parents looking to purchase, you arent getting a poor product with this. For the money and quality, you're getting a great product. They also make a jam pack with this guitar and I suggest looking into that for $100 more if you are looking for a small amp and some essentials.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bass

By Joey

from Michigan

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

Now usually I play guitar, but recently I have been using this bass to learn some songs for my school band concerts, and all I can say is this bass is amazing. At first I was like this is way different then regular guitar, but when I got to playing it I was so impressed, the pickups, the slides, the sounds, they were all perfect.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

New Review - Great Bass

By Trenton

from Castro Valley, CA

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

I've had this bass for about 8 months now, and the only problem I have with it is that the input jack is very sensitive (it will unscrew if you put even the slightest pressure on the cable that's plugged in to it). Other than that, it's a great bass. The pickups give it a really slick tone that's good for playing all kinds of music.

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Sir Shackalot

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

This is the best bass I've ever played. I've wanted it for years and I finally have it. There are a few things bad, though. It's is neck heavy an the strap gnut tore out, but I think that was a one-time thing and I bet the store will fix it no problem. All in all, this is a terrific bass.

(6 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good But not too much

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

This is a bass that has a shape a little bit ugly.. , the sound is not too good, its for "deep" bassists that only play at the back of the song, the pickups are good, but I test the Squier Jazz Bass Vintage, and it has an amazing pickups for that price, I own a Fender Jazz Bass and I play Rock and Jazz, some times Metal, and for me the Jazz Bass is the best that you can buy

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