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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
 
4.7

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (19)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

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5.0

better than gibson build-quality

By F-tron

from Tulsa, OK

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

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

    Surpassed my expectations, great EVEYTHING on this one

     
    5.0

    Definitely the Best Bass Guitar in its Price Range

    By xrz1616

    from Seattle / Tacoma, WA

    About Me Experienced

    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.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Bass

    By n8music.com

    from Canada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Neck Heavy
    • Wide Neck

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    Great bass I noticed no cons on here so I thought Id point out that this bass is a heavy beast and it WILL hurt your neck if its not setup properly or modified. Also, compared to its Gibson big brother this bass is noticeably not as easy to play. If you are willing to dish out the money to buy this I highly recommend you consider the Gibson version...or go with the epi TB non pro version for five hundred less ...They sound almost identical against each other and the major differences being mainly in the improved sustain with the through body neck. (hardly noticeable having both beside me)

     
    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

        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is an extraordinary instrument!!

          By Bill the Bass Guy

          from Pikeville, Kentucky

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              What an incredible bass guitar! If you play Rock music then you need to add this Thunderbird to your collection. I own a Rickenbacker 4003, Reverend Rumblefish, Wasburn AB20 and a G & L ASAT Tom Hamilton signature model. Three important salient features. First, the playability is exceptional. Great feel on the neckand the body has a natural place for your thumb in addition to the pick ups and strings. It is way lighter than it looks so there's no strain on the back. Second, the sound is SWEET. My personal favorite is the neck pick up dailed all the way up while the bridge pup is down and the tone knob is on 7-10. To add more punch and growl, just dial the bridge pup in to suit your taste. You can get a warmer ballad sound by turning the tone knob down low or zero even. Btw, I love the top hat knobs. Lastly, this bass is a looker! The Alpine White is off the hook!!! You will look good playing this beast, just make sure you have a very long strap. The bass warrants the longest strap you can get. I forgot to mention the Gibson TB-2 pups that power the bass. It sounds like a Gibson but at a third of the price. For the money, this guitar is unbeatable. You must have one! I would get the Epi case as well, because it is nice and this is a long bass. The T-Bird came ready to rock right out of the box! I am profoundly pleased with this Thunderbird--you gotta get one!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Thunderbird bass

              By Fenderboy

              from Quincy Ca

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I am a Fender guy. I own 7 Fender basses and I decided to go out of the box and buy this Thunderbird. Boy was I surprised , The bass is very comfortable to play, great electronics and a narrow neck. It came ready to play. would recommend as a great buy for the money you spend!!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great bass, quite heavy

                By the weak-backed bassist

                from chicago

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Really Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                  I have this bass, in many ways it's great. The fretboard feels nice, the pickups sound great, and though the shape is a bit-outlandish, you can still comfortably rest it on your knee to play sitting down. Which you will probably do whenever you can because it's *really* heavy, this is the heaviest bass or guitar that I've ever played and after 15-20 minutes of playing standing up get's pretty uncomfortable. This bass would be a perfect instrument if they could just find a way to make it lighter without sacrificing any build quality.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Wanted another bass

                  By Kosta

                  from Red Cloud, Ne

                  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:

                    I'm no professional, but I have a lot of fun with this bass and she looks good.

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