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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 The Epiphone Thunderbird IV... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.
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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
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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Review Snapshot

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EpiphoneThunderbird IV Bass
 
4.5

(based on 129 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Jamming (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (5)

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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(106 of 123 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Bass for a Low Price

By StevieRayBassDawg

from Maryland

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

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.

(63 of 91 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great!!

By bentley

from philly

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

My advice is if you can afford the gibson (i cant) buy it. Ive compared the 2 models, the gibsons a little spiffier and sounds a tiny bit better but the epiphone plays fine and looks awesome so i think theirs a difference between the two but its not very big. the T-birds a great bass.

(53 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best bass ive played !!! great job Epiphone

By nick s

from mn

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

i played this at the store and new it was my new bass. i have a 20 year old EB-0 SG i found at goodwill and its frets where worn out so instead of the 350 dollars for that i bought this and i dont have a complaint. its a little longer than my sg but its so smooth to play it dosent matter. i can actualy slap on this one. im sticking with this till i can see the truss through the fret board.

(46 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally

By Justin

from Richmond, Va

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I've wanted a Thunderbird for years now. Just finally got around to getting it. I don't mind the neck drive; looks cool when you hold it very loosely. Changing the strings to some Ernie Ball. A great bass!

(36 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Decision

By Derek

from Kansas City, MO

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I went in to guitar center intending to buy a more expensive bass than this one. I'm in a band that does some bar/ small gigs, so I needed a bass that sounded good. I saw the t-bird (greyburst) and was in love with the looks. I thought the sound was much better than I was expecting. I knew the t-bird had good lows, but what impressed me were the highs. Sweet child o' mine sounded fantastic. I really think anyone looking for a good bass with a limited budget should try this one out. If nothing else, you'll look sexy playing it.

(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass Wonderful Sound Pro Quality

By Steven Jackson

from Tallmadge, Ohio

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I borrowed my friends "Epiphone Thunderbird Bass Goth version" and it was a wonderful piece i had to have one. So after playing his for about three months i finally grew a pair and went out and got i wasnt much of a fan of the flat black and i saw the glossy Ebony colour and had to get it, With the troubles other people are having i havn't had any of those, Sure its a little heavy but its balanced the goth one is very top heavy no problem with neck dive everything is fine. Its a brilliant piece and beauty to look at. I play metal mostly old good stuff not that stuff people call metal today. I mostly play Iron Maiden which most know steve harris is the most influential metal bassist so you think i would want a fender percission i did but didnt have that money, so i got this and let me tell you its a cheap bass with and expensive build and sound. After having this i wouldnt have it any other way, GET THIS BASS. i might recomend getting new strings and may i suggest the steve harris signatures there only a few more bucks then normal strings, or get rotosound it's perfect!

(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bass I own the ...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

Great bass I own the goth. Awesome Tone. becomes very comfortable real fast. Balance issues are the only bad thing about the bass. Neck likes to fall down. Other than that . Very good product I even play it on stage. Plus its cheap. If your looking for a bass dont have alot of money this is perfect and it thunders...

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Made a believer out of me!

By jimbikemedic

from Las Vegas Nevada

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

Just got this bass today and I am really impressed! I traded some old gear I wasent using in and walked out with out parting with any cash which was nice. My main bass is a 6 string so I been wanting a 4 to do a 80s rock gig coming up and man this thing is sweet! I cant figure out why you would pay 4 times as much for the Gibson version. I mean I realize its better but its not THAT much better (trust me I played them both!) and what surprised me the most is the variety of sounds that you can get out of this bass (using the volume controls carefully really makes a difference guys) the finish is beautiful and i really can't complain about the quality for the price this thing is amazing. So if your looking for a great bass with a cool attitude you should take a look at this one!

(16 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not for the avid player

By Aaron

from California

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

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

(12 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It's pretty okay.

By Roy

from MA

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

Not exactly sure why this is popular amongst peers.. you can't even use the highets 5 frets beacuse of the inverted shape blocking your hand. Perhaps it's an impressive bass in the sense that is has Thunderbird in the name, but it also has Epiphone next to it. Go for an Ibanez SoundGear if you have this money. Though the tone is warm and popping has that attitude we all look for, you will get more in the long run if you keep from this. Be able to use 5 frets you paid for.. get a differet bass. Definitely overpriced, too. :(

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Coolest Bass In The World

By Snake07

from Checotah, OK

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

The Thunderbird is The Greatest Bass you'll ever play with. The Shape of the bass contours to you when you play it feels right and it plays right. This is the Jimmi Page Of Rock Basses, if you buy it you will love it the very second you start to play it. BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!

(9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty freakin spiffy

By Ninja

from Oregon

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

Out of all the guitars my friends and i have i would say that this one looks the best, but beyond that it also hjas very good sound quality. Nothign really needs to be replaced after you buy it, though you will REALLY want to polish it to get off prints and such. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM is finding a stupid case for the thing. Not even Epiphone makes one... So i have a Performance plus gig bag that i put it in though the head awkwardly hangs out...

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass for the price

By Wince

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I purchased the bass as a back-up. Has a nice rich, deep tone. The only drawback is neck dive, but it's not enough of a problem not to recommend the bass. As with most basses, a professional set up is needed to get it in first-rate playing condition. Play the bass through an Ampeg and Fender rig. Again, great sound. Well satisfied and use it often.

(8 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't get sucked in

By frank nocco

from Florida

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I get it. Thunderbird screams Rock & Roll. This is not the Gibson Thunderbird. I'm sure you're reading many reviews. Look at them, most having numerous mispellings and just sound like kids are writing them. If you are a serious musician, this is not for you. Issues. 1. It is heavy and must sit low on your body which makes it seem heavier, if you're doing long sets, your back will ache..guaranteed. 2. Neck dive. Yes it does...bad. not comfortable. 3. The bridge and tail piece/string anchor is a piece of junk, it just kinda sits there and the only thing holding it together are the strings, which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. The tail stock should be the immoveable string anchor which leads to string stability and intonation. 4. Range of tones. Bass and more bass. Treble isn't treble, it's just a little less bass. Sorry, no range. 5. Cheap hardware. Cheap internal components? probably, my pots went scratchy almost immediately. Look, want to know how good this bass is? Go to ebay and see how many are for sale....ebay is littered with these things, they just aren't serious instruments. so don't get sucked in..I did. I now have a pretty cool wall hanging. Spend a little more and get something that will serve you better unless you want to redecorate a room.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tucson store ROCKS!

By Ray M.

from Tucson, AZ

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

This was purchased for me as a X-mas gift and I was extremely happy with it, BUT the other day I went to a rehersal with the band I'm in and it stopped working (no sound from the amp). It had played the night before so I wondered what was up. I took it to the Tucson store and they exchanged it - no problem. Bravo to the staff there! The bass is easy to play, feels like another appendage. "Thunderbird" is totally appropriate! It's top heavy, but nothing you can't get used to. All in all, a great bass and a great sales experience!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

love this bass

By thundahbyrdgirl

from north carolina

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

it's a little bit heavy and you have to take precautions to ensure that the strap stays on, but other than that it sounds great and looks beautiful. it's also very versatile and sounds good on whatever type of music you want to play. this is the bass i play and i love it.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very metal bass

By Jacob McNamara

from Factoryville, PA

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I just got this bass about a week ago, it is by far the best i've had. I have bought basses that were near twice the price of this one, but this one blows them all away. It can get really deep tones for metal, and not so deep for whatever you feel like playing. The only problem that i can find with it is that the head is alittle heavier than im quite use to. But i would suggest that everyone, at least plays this bass. It will blow you away. At this moment im playing through my PA system, and it still gives insane tone.

(4 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

not so great

By jake

from new lenox

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

this bass isn't as great as most people say it is. maybe for beginners, but thats only because they wouldn't be able to tell the difference. its a lot heavier than a normal bass should be, it has a very big neck dive and the fact that the strap buttons keep falling out doesn't help at all. weak pickups. it came in set up pretty well and in tune and everything though. and it does look good. but i'd recommend something else in the price range, maybe a schecter omen

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blew my mind

By Logan7

from Chicago Illinois

Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

I have just begun to play bass, about four or five months now, and I was hammering away on my dad's 30 year old bass for like three. one that you could probalby only get a nickle for now-a-days, you know bent neck broken tuning heads dead pick ups that sprt of bass. I went to the store and checked out several basses and this one caught my eye. the shape and the decoration are totally different from any normal bass. Pluged it in played a few songs that I knew and it felt perfect. just a few problems due to the bizarr shape the neck tends to dip but scine I play with a pick (lay off it sounds better) i can rest my arm on the lower horn and hold the bass at any angle, also the bass is so long that it wont fit in any normal case cases need to come from epiphone but you can buy them hear. since the bass is so heavy I recommend a strap but thats just me. all in all this is a great bass at a great price

(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.

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