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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.

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  • 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 68 reviews)

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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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(179 of 184 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 30 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

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

4.5/5

By Sean K.

from Syracuse

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

Tone 5/5 A very dark sound. Doesn't rattle in drop tunings and sounds great in drop tunings. Playability 2/5 This is the t-birds only area of fault. The neck dive on this bass take a long time to get used to. There's not really anything you can do about this except play it until you're comfortable. Also this bass is so large that it only fits in custom cases. Look 5/5 Looks as god as it does in the pictures. Little details all over make this bass downright awesome. Versatility 5/5 I play everything on this bass from Avenged Sevenfold to Red Hot Chili Peppers. Overall 4.5/5 This bass has some minor problems that take getting used to, but otherwise you will not find a better bass for the money. Would recommend to anyone.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Bass just rocks out ...

By Dehedroth

from Muskegon, MI

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

This Bass just rocks out loud. I just got back from my first gig with it and everyone agreed that we haven't sounded better. It looks freaking sweet to. The sounds quality is awesome. So far this is one of my favorite basses.

(5 of 11 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?

(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Really Epiphone?

By Connor Slawson

from Mounds View Minnesota

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

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.

(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.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not bad for the price

By old timer

from columbus, ohio

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

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.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Ehh, not what i'm looking for

By Drewbie Drew

from Minnesota

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

This bass was alright, sitting down it's a fine bass but when you have it on a strap standing up it's really uncomfortable and it's got a tremendous amount of neck dive which can get quite irritating when you're on stage and setting everything up. I played my friends and have played this in the stores through a 1,000W MarkBass amp and the thing was beasty sounding it's just yet again uncomfortable to play. that's my opinion though.

(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

For beginners.

By Gabriel

from New York City, NY

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

Meh. For the money, I found that this bass is NOT worth it. the action is highish, which is frustrating, and the pickups are bad IMAO. The tone really frustrates me, and coming from an owner of five basses, I'm open to different tone ideas. I own everything from squire to ibanez to musicman, and this bass just doesn't work with me. The weight distribution is also poor, and there is a lot of neck dive. For beginners, this is an alright bass. It can do the usual rock tones that most beginning players are looking for. However, if you want to move on in your playing, choose a different bass.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Amzing Goth Bass

By Sonny

from Colorado Springs Colorado

Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

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

(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

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