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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar  

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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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.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

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.

Features

Gibson TB Plus humbuckers
Historic 60's era Thunderbird profile
Mahogany body wings
7-ply Mahogany/walnut neck
Through-neck neck joint
Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
20-Medium jumbo, nickel/silver alloy frets
Classic style 3-point adjustable Flush-Mount, fully adjustable bridge
Neck volume, Bridge volume and Master tone controls
Black die-cast tuners with 17:1 ratio
Black hardware
Black TopHats control knobs with chrome metal inserts
Optional hard case with black vinyl exterior, gray plush interior and chrome hardware
Case sold separately
Specifications
Scale Length: 34"
Nut Width: 1.50"
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
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EpiphoneThunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

To good to be true

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cool bass, terrible experience

First and foremost, Guitar Center is a great store and Epiphone makes great basses. However, I was delivered an unplayable guitar that I now have to pay extra money to fix. Guitar center...Read complete review

First and foremost, Guitar Center is a great store and Epiphone makes great basses. However, I was delivered an unplayable guitar that I now have to pay extra money to fix. Guitar center simply washed their hands and moved on with my situation. I would recommend an Epiphone Thunderbird and shop at Guitar Center, just not Mobile, Alabama location.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!!!

By cj blair

from omaha Nebraska

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

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!!!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

To good to be true

By Aaron McCracken

from Indianapolis, IN

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

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.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Classic reborn at a great price

By Michael Maniscalco

from Clifton NJ

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Mark Bradley

from saddlebrook nj

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wish they made on in black!

By mark vaughn

from Livingston, Texas

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

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....

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Workhorse

By MARK VAUGHN

from Houston, Tx

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

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.

 
5.0

Sweet 'Bird

By Maranos

from undisclosed

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Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

Great instrument. Good setup out of the box. Well worth the money. Great fit and finish. Excellent attention to detail. The only change I'm considering is the bridge. I prefer individual saddle height adjustments so I will go with either the Babicz or Hipshot 3 point bridge.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Cool bass, terrible experience

By Justin

from Mobile, Alabama

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

    First and foremost, Guitar Center is a great store and Epiphone makes great basses. However, I was delivered an unplayable guitar that I now have to pay extra money to fix. Guitar center simply washed their hands and moved on with my situation. I would recommend an Epiphone Thunderbird and shop at Guitar Center, just not Mobile, Alabama location.

     
    5.0

    Awesome bass despite GC's horrible delivery.

    By Dan W.

    from Oregon

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

      The bass is awesome. A very nice neck similar to a great J bass. The pickups are powerful and aggressive. My bass is 8.1 lbs and it plays like a dream. Of course it didn't arrive that way. I had to do some work to it to get it playable. I was worried about the balance and the reach to the lower register, but it balances just fine with a wide strap. The reach isn't any more than on my J bass. It's very comfortable to play. I wish I had bought one years ago.

       
      5.0

      Definitely the Best Bass Guitar in its Price Range

      By Xrz

      from Seattle / Tacoma, WA

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      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics
      • Warmth Humbucking Sound

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

      When you start playing this guitar, it seems like you don't want to stop.
      I recommend this to anyone who wants a very good sounding instrument that comes with excellent craftsmanship and sound.

       
      4.0

      What a deal

      By Bassballs

      from Nirvana

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

        The bass came out of the box in tune. The action and intonation are perfect. The finish is showstopping. I am accustomed to a maple fingerboard, but I am growing fond of the rosewood. For the buck, I don't think it can be beat.

         
        5.0

        Very happy

        By Jeremy

        from Rockwall, CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

          Arrived a couple of days earlier than expected, with in perfect condition. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and it sounds great! Just gotta get it back home to Scotland now...

           
          5.0

          More than I expected

          By Boz

          from Southfield, MI

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar:

            New hipshot bridge and tuning machines. New chrome strings. Pro shop set up.

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