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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... Read More

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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.

  • 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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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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Amazing Bass

By Joseph Gorman

from Nashua, NH

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

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Dude, Funny story!

By Skyler Cline

from Mondamin, IA

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?

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Bring the Thunder!

By Matt Thomas

from Euless, TX

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.

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Can't put it down!

By Brett Masterson

from Virginia

This bass is absolutely amazing! I convinced my friend to buy it (admittedly, I'm jealous now). Whenever he has it around I can't seem to stop playing it. It does dirty tones very solid and thick, but it does best with smooth, bassy tones! I look forward to getting my own eventually.

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Stay Away Stay Away

By Chris C

from Syracuse,NY

I bought this bass because my local guitar center didnt have any BC Rich basses, and I own a couple of Epi Les pauls. Lets start of by saying I dont like the short scale with the frets. I am use to playing 24 frets. The frets dug into the palm of my hand, and after about a week it took a tiny fall forward of the guitar stand and the neck cracked and the fret board pull away from the neck. If you buy get the PRO Covrage. But do your self a favor stat away from this bass. Dean makes a much better bass in this price rang.

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Wicked !

By Roy

from middle Tennessee

I have been out of the music seen for a while. I was playing a 5 string hohner bass. But cracked the neck and needed something to play. I had always wanted a gibson thunderbird but could not afford one. So i was looking online at GC and seen this. So i went out to my local GC and checked it out. Man am i glad i did. The more i play it the better i like it. I love the sound of the pickups this thing does anything from AC\DC to ZZ TOP and then some. I had to order the case but you want be sorry for buying this bass guitar. The only problem i am having is my righ wrist hurts a little because i rest it on the body of the guitar, but i went out and got a wrist band ant it took care of the problem. And i just love the gothic look of it easy to clean and easy on the eyes and wallet. I have owned it now for about 3 weeks.

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Amazing Bass! Just not meant for ever genre

By Rafael R. (2794)

from San Francisco , California

this is an amazing bass don't get me wrong when i was first looking for a bass when i first started out i didn't know what i was doing, all i know was i was picking out something that looked good. I came across this baby, like i had said i knew nothing about bass, i just wanted to upgrade to something better than my used rogue (which i found out the company shut down). Little did i know that this baby was going to be amazing. As the years went own i gained knowledge of bass, and realized i had picked up a great bass, by luck! This bass is great it just has a couple of down sides to it. I'm not telling you not to buy or its super defective but what im saying is that as a player this might disappoint some people -Its weight is pretty heavy, its not the same has a normal epi thunderbird,all though it looks beautiful its weight is a huge problem. You go on stage with this thing you would have to buy REALLY good strap locks, cause 20 dollar ones ain't gonna cut it. -the fret board is super nice, but its way to big and think to play fast bass riffs -this bass is not meant for slapping -this bass has a beautiful tone but yet it wont vary on its sound, i can recommend this bass to metal players, jazz players, any bassist who is looking for a warm deep bass sound, this is the bass for you. -its really big, its awesome but you would have to buy a really big case for it. i personally has to buy the coffin case, don't get me wrong i love it, its just so big. this bass never gives any problems at all, just cause its 300, it sounds just like a gibson, don't underestimate epiphone, its a great brand. this is there best best yet other then the explorer and flying v, this bass is awesome. its stock strings for me, were incredible! might not be the same for your bass, but its still a beauty. i hate how people call this a beginner bass. I tell you, this is not a beginner bass, it has down sides, but every bass has its down sides. this baby will go beast mode when you need to, this thing has never let me down, even with its downsides, you forget about them and you just grow to love it. this will be my 4th year having it, and its still amazing, and sounds like when i first got it

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Great for any genre

By Jatt

from Houston Texas

This bass looks sic, its plays awesome. it pretty heavy and it neck dives but thats no problem. It has a REALLY DARK sound and its very warm. you might need to adjust the bridge before tunning though. mine popped cause i didnt. i suggest you get a coffin case or a thunderbird case if you want it to last long.

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The Amzing Goth Bass

By Sonny

from Colorado Springs Colorado

I got this bass a few weeks ago and it sounds great plays great but when i lowered the action the bridge came out of the body east fix with super glue but overall great bass

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Really Epiphone?

By Connor Slawson

from Mounds View Minnesota

I got this bass a couple months ago. I really liked this bass at first, compared to my last one it could've been a Gibson. The strap buttons kept getting loose and i eventually had to use the toothpick method to tighten them up but now they're loose again a few weeks later. I recently tried changing strings. I've been playing the stock strings since I haven't had any gigs. As soon as i try to tension up the strings my bridge just popped off. Besides the serious hardware malfunctions I have enjoyed this bass and it's great tone. If Epiphone cleaned up their act addressed these issues this would be a great bass and I would gladly give it 5 stars.

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