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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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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
 
4.9

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (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)
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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, WA

    About Me Experienced

    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

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        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.

          (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.

          (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.

          (2 of 2 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....

          (9 of 10 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!!!

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