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Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Vintage Sunburst

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¢ The great sound and look of the classic Gibson Thunderbird

¢ Alder body with 20-fret, 34" maple neck and rosewood fingerboard

¢ 2-TB-Plus humbuckers, 2 volume, and 1 tone
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Overview

¢ The great sound and look of the classic Gibson Thunderbird

¢ Alder body with 20-fret, 34" maple neck and rosewood fingerboard

¢ 2-TB-Plus humbuckers, 2 volume, and 1 tone

The Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass has a classic shape and a great sound. This streamlined design is based on Gibson's original model. 2 humbucking pickups. Volume and tone controls. Alder body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. Limited lifetime warranty.

Features
  • Classic design
  • Alder body (Mahogany on Silverburst finish)
  • 34" scale
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 frets
  • 2 TB-Plus humbuckers
  • 2 volume and 1 tone
  • Chrome hardware
  • Polyurethane finish
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EpiphoneThunderbird IV Bass
 
4.5

(based on 127 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice Bass for a Low Price

It sounds better than any $300 bass should. Of course, it doesn't sound like a $5,000 bass because it's not. I added a new strap button to fix the neck dive and replaced...Read complete review

It sounds better than any $300 bass should. Of course, it doesn't sound like a $5,000 bass because it's not. I added a new strap button to fix the neck dive and replaced the strings with Marcus Miller Fat Beams on day one. It's a great value for only $300. I own some higher price basses, yet this T-bird is one of my favorties. You just can't beat this bass at this price if you're willing to add a new strap button to fix the neck dive. And it looks so cool. I play it live through an Ampeg SVT1000 and feel like I'm Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for the avid player

This bass is very attrictive and would definitely bring attention to the bassist in a live show. It has some decent pickups for its price, but if you're going to play gigs I'd suggestion...Read complete review

This bass is very attrictive and would definitely bring attention to the bassist in a live show. It has some decent pickups for its price, but if you're going to play gigs I'd suggestion upgrading them. This bass is not for starting bassists cause it's weight is not leveled right with can promote bad habits in a novice bass player. Also, for it's price, you can find more suitable basses for starting out, brands like Ibanez, Fender, and Peavey. The only problems I've had with this bass: wiring to EQ had to be fixed, Top heavy-ness, and price. Positive sides of this bass: Very attractive look, fast neck, decent PU's, and everyone has it

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5.0

Bought my second Thunderbird bass

By William

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

Loved this bass. It has a smooth, mellow tone. Owned one years ago and traded it in on another model. Biggest musical mistake I made in my life. Glad to rectify it.

 
5.0

I am learning more as I play and record with this bass.

By Cooper

from Kirkland, WA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Neck dive

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I am working more and more recording with this bass. I have found that I need to play "aggressively" to get the best results as far as tone is concerned. I like the feel of the neck and it works quite well with my large hands. The tone, with the existing strings, is deep and round. I found if I play aggressively the tone is perfect for recording. The craftsmanship is great, the finish is even and flawless, and the neck and frets are smooth and professional. The bass I received is different than the bass shown in all the advertising....the strap peg is NOT located on the neck cutaway, it is located on the back of the bass and is part of the bolt on neck arrangement. I have heard unhappy tales concerning this arrangement. I use this bass for recording only, and I am sitting down during recording so the neck dive situation is of less importance. I do believe Guitar Center should show an accurate image of the bass they ship upon purchase.

 
5.0

Thunder Bird

By Albert

from Los Angles CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I've been playing this bass for almost 5 years now and I​ can say it's the best bass you can buy for the price I have never had any problems with it and sounds and feels brand new

     
    5.0

    I would buy a similar product

    By Teresa

    from Orem Utah

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I use this product for practicing. It feels great and sounds amazing.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Decent bass with limited range and some problems

    By Anachronartist

    from Baltimore, MD

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Bad bridge design
    • Poor intonation
    • Unbalanced

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    This is a good bass for thumping. If you're only going to hit foot notes, you'll look cool doing it. This bass is not well suited for very melodic playing or for going very high up on the neck. For complicated or fast bass lines, go with a jazz or an ibanez. The weight distribution is a problem. It's unbalanced towards the neck which causes the legendary neck dive. Even after repositioning the strap button it still dives, just not as badly. Also, the bridge is junk. The floating tailpiece make it a nightmare to keep intonation. You have to adjust the saddles every time you change your strings. This is a cool, simple rock bass that's got good, growly tone but it not great for much else.

     
    5.0

    It's worth it !!!

    By Tebo

    from Maryland

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      Fun to play with. Easy to play. Body is a little to dark for my personal taste.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not bad, not the best

      By Paco de Taco

      from San Bernardino, CA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Weight distribution

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      I've seen the Epiphone and the Gibson version played live and I didn't notice a difference from the audience so I tried one out. The sound is great, but not at all versatile. There is barely a difference between the two pickup sounds and the tone knob isn't useful. The worst part is the weight. Like all Epis, this one exaggerates the worst qualities of Gibsons. You're going to feel the weight in your left arm or your right flank, depending on the quality of strap you have. It's not as heavy as a Fender or most 5-string basses, but I prefer more weight that feels even rather than like I'm wrestling with the bass to stay upright. This bass would be great for amateurs or locals playing a short set in a relatively small venue. It's showy and would sound great with a solid amp and quality effects, as long as you're not playing for too long. I would not recommend it for extended jam sessions or rehearsals, and the sound isn't really fit for recording. So yeah, there are redeeming qualities and situations in which the bass would be great, but it's not really for bassists that do a lot of gigging, long sets, or recording.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing bass

      By cody

      from Houma, Louisiana

      Site Member

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      Ive had this the Epiphone Thunderbird IV for about a year or two now, And believe me when I say that this bass is amazing. It sounds great, and it's tough too. I'm a pretty clumsy person, and I have managed to drop the bass a time or two. However, there is not one scratch on my bass. For the price that it is at, I would highly recommend this bass to anyone who is a beginner.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing Tone

      By Andres Arguelles

      from Fort Worth, Tx.

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      If you need a great sounding bass just buy this one. The epiphone bass pro is a lot better but this gets the job done if you want to save money.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass

      By Ronald Sobon

      from Tallahassee

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      I bought my Thunderbird bass 2 weeks ago. It fits me perfectly and I have no problem with neck dive as others have noted. The setup from the factory was good. The strings were good but I changed them because I prefer flatwounds on my basses. The color and finish is beautiful and it sounds great.

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