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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
 
4.7

(based on 482 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (373)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (22)
  • Good feel (21)
  • Solid electronics (18)
  • Good pick up (17)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)
  • Neck dive (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (8), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

STILL LOVE THESE!!!

This is my second review of these basses. I have purchased 2 more since. IF you look around you can find them cheap. As I said in my first review one of mine...Read complete review

This is my second review of these basses. I have purchased 2 more since. IF you look around you can find them cheap. As I said in my first review one of mine is the white one with the chrome pickups. They are standard guitar sized pickups so you can find chrome humbucker surrounds that really make it look great. I bought another Black and a Sunburst. The black one was a little beat up but got it for a song with the hardshell. I typically modify my guitars (see the Harley TB in my previous posting). I decided the Black one was a little 'bland' so since it was so cheap I decided I'd bling it a bit. As I said in my previous posting the pickups are different the black to chrome, both can sound great and with the same configuration of 2 Vol, 1 Tone you basically have a Jazz Bass with humbuckers so you have that same type of versatility of sound and remember your AMP has EQ too so you can dial in a ton of tones. They come from the factory with no tension on the neck so you always need to crank the truss rod a few turns which changes the action nicely and then adjust the bridge and all of mine you can breathe on the strings and there's no fret buzz. I have over 60 guitars/basses and I play these exclusively. I did want to add I bought the 3 point replacement bridge in gold for the sunburst one and changed the rest of the hardware to gold and used gold metallic tape to cover the pickups and it looks killer. I highly recommend these. They are lighter than the Gibson and sound 'close enough' for 1/4 the price of the Gibson. ALSO if you move the strap button to one of the neck bolts the neck dive diminishes alot, not completely, but wAY more liveable. I am very happy with all 5 of mine and have no plans of ever parting with them. The ONLY problem I have is deciding which 2 to take to a gig.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I own 2 of these, they sound different..

I got a Vintage Sunburst model about a year ago and i love it. Plays great sounds great, its tough too, stands up to gigging on a regular basis nicely. I loved it...Read complete review

I got a Vintage Sunburst model about a year ago and i love it. Plays great sounds great, its tough too, stands up to gigging on a regular basis nicely. I loved it so much i wanted another one for my back up so i ordered the Arctic white poly model. When i got it label said it was "Alpine white" why does site say arctic and actual bass say alpine? thought that was weird. I was totally bummed cause white bass does not sound the same as the vintage sunburst model. Must be different pickup from the black to chrome finish. I should have returned it but i kept it cause its just my back up and it looks killer. When i got the Vintage sunburst model it was ready to play out of the box, the arctic white model i had to mess with quite a bit and actuly i still havent got it setup the way i would like. Neck had a wicked bow, after messing with the truss rod a bit ive gotten it better but still not perfect like i would want it to be.

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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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for the price!

    By Tom

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    It's hard to believe one can purchase this level of quality at this price. The neck and fretwork are amazing for this level. I did have to do a full setup, but that is normal for any new instrument. The finish is beautiful. The tone is as expected, a little grindy, which I love. I thiught it would be more top-heavy but it is nicely balanced. I would recommend it highly.

     
    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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Even restock is nice

      By ToneHead

      from Alabama

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      I ordered a restock sunburst so there were a few cosmetic issues but nothing to take away from the tone. The tone of this thing is incredible! I play through an Acoustic B200H and Eden 4x10 and this bass just screams! Everything from hard rock, grunge, and punk/pop-punk, to funk, hip-hop, and RnB. This bass does it all! The setup out of the box was kinda bad though. All four strings buzz on the 1st and 12th frets. But it's still a great buy and I'm super stoked on mine!

       
      4.0

      I've owned one for ten years

      By Shane S

      from West Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Stays in tune

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Not good for a first bass

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

      I got one of these back in maybe 2005(?) as my first bass. They were more expensive back then, and for some reason cost about sixty bones less now. I didn't play this bass regularly for years because I never took the time to get it set up, and truth be told it was very unwieldy to me as a novice musician. The neck is very heavy and the string spacing a little wider than you'd get on a p or j-bass. I've heard that simply moving the strap button to the back of the guitar on the neck plate works wonders for your back and neck.
      Anyway, if you get one of these and it is set up well, it is a very fun guitar to play. It is large and sounds bold, and feels more like a weapon in your hands than a guitar. It seems to handle lower tunings pretty well. The 3-point bridge isn't great, but it's not terrible; adjusting string height can be a little of a pain and you may get a little buzz. Also, I swear this thing NEVER goes out of tune, which I think is a very redeeming quality in any instrument. If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't have had the T-Bird as a first bass, but I would certainly buy one now.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Beginner Bass

      By M

      from Nashville

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

        I read many glowing reviews of this bass on the sites of MF and GC, so I decided to buy one. Huge disappointment. Maybe I got a stinker or maybe the writers of the reviews don't venture beyond the 7th fret...who knows. Mine looks and sounds GREAT. However, the fret finishing beyond the 12th fret is essentially non-existent. Frets 15 and 16 are completely dead unless you keep the action at factory height, which is just not practical. The old-school three-point bridge looks great, but it's time to retire this dinosaur, even at this price point. It would be functional if Gibson/Epiphone would replace saddles 4 and 5 with additional 1 and 2 saddles for the E and A strings respectively (three-point bridge users will understand that lingo...). Even an inexpensive Gotoh bridge would improve the function immensely; a Hipshot would send it through the roof. I've played both professionally and casually here in Nashville since 1999, and have played bass for 30 years. I've owned some Gibson USA basses in my time (vintage G3 and Victory), and currently have two USA guitars (SG and LP). Gibson simply doesn't design basses for bassists who do anything more than play the root. I considered having the frets dressed by a service center, but have elected to simply return it to GC. Again, if you subscribe to the Dusty Hill Doctrine ("I promise to play the root, the whole root, and nothing but the root."), then this bass is fine. If you like to do ANYTHING more, then look elsewhere. I really wish Gibson would re-evaluate their approach to bass design, because I love to support local business. They're missing a huge market share by choosing to offer poorly designed and poorly executed instruments. Even a Babicz bridge can't correct a flawed blueprint...

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