The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock's most recognizable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, the Thunderbird has powered artists as varied as Nikk... Read More
The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock's most recognizable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, the Thunderbird has powered artists as varied as Nikki Sixx, The Who, Kings of Leon, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan and The Silversun Pickups. Turn on your radio and you'll hear a Thunderbird bass. Now, Epiphone takes all the vintage mojo of the original Thunderbird IV and sends it flying into the future with Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets and all the 'Bird's original styling and features intact.
The Thunderbird IV was one of the most radical designs to come out of the Gibson and Epiphone Kalamazoo factory in the early '60s, thanks to legendary automotive designer Ray Dietrich, who was asked to put a new twist on solidbody guitars and basses. The sound of the Thunderbird IV was as cutting edge as its design and now the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO returns with all of Epiphone's first-class quality and a lifetime guarantee, but without the hassles of owning (or hiding) a vintage instrument. Case sold separately.
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I recently bought this bass for touring because I wanted to have a relatively cheap bass that I wouldn't worry about getting messed up. Unfortunately for me, I was not expecting such a high quality instrument. This bass is incredible, the Gibson TB plus pickups are incredibly responsive (barely have to turn up the volume on my amp to be heard over drums), the finish (vintage sunburst) is beautiful and has a finish very similar to a Casino, the neck is slim and fast, very easy to play, and it is surprisingly light for its size. There are only two small issues with this bass worth noting. 1.) The string spacing is smaller than most basses and takes a while to get used to. 2.) The bass comes with a plastic nut like most Epiphones and will need replaced if you really want it to reach its true potential. I'm still giving this bass 5 stars because you get much more than what you pay for and the issues are easily overcome/fixed. If you're looking for a affordable, visually striking, reliable bass, this is it. Buy it.
First off this IS a GIbson Thunderbird, there are 2 differences, one being the neck through is 7 ply whereas the GIbson is 9 ply, and the second being that it has an Epiphone truss rod cover instead of a GIbson one. Same pickups (USA Gibson 'buckers") and everything else...at 1/3 the price. Classic sound, classic looks, I got the Vintage Burst and it is HOT. One thing to note for you tall bassists, I am 6'2''...you will need a very very long strap for this beast as the strap buttons are placed so that it requires it, unless of course you like to play with your bass under your armpits, then you will be ok, I found that a 60" strap was way too short. Get this bass before it goes away, you wont be sorry. Oh, one last thing, don't believe the whole "neck dive" thing, this 'bird is nicely balanced and plays very comfortably.
I got this for Valentines Day and have put more than 50 shows (150 hrs) on it and it is awesome!! This new 'Bird rivals the Gibson in every way. From the super fast neck to the Gibson pickups. It even has the strap button in the right place although I highly suggest strap locks. In Alpine white, it really is the most elegant bass you can have on stage.
Epiphone finally did it right. This bass feels and sounds the same in every way to its Gibson counterpart but for half the price. From the super fast neck to the classic soap bar pickups, this bass is where it's at. This bass screams "Class". Plus, the strap button is located on the back of the neck to reduce neck dive and is balanced great for playing higher on the frets. Now, if I can just get one in black....
OK, i am just going to get to the point. this bass is awesome, great for rock, pop, and anything else. there were a few issues like changing the strings (normal) and there were a few small scratches on the neck, but overall, epiphone has a great quality control program. NOTE: the only case this will fit in is the epiphone Thunderbird case, and it can only fit on a Hercules style stand. don't put it on a regular stand, or it will break. overall, great bass. the neck travels nicely and it is pretty balanced weight wise. And with Gibson humbucking pickups, you couldn't go wrong. i recommend it to anyone. GET IT!!!
This bass is a super value.I was not sure about Epiphone but I have now changed my mind.The Gibson U.S.A.pick ups are hot,this bass is a real monster.It is also very easy to play with a really fast fingerboard.
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