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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 124 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (4)
  • Practicing (3)
    • 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

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.

     
    5.0

    Better than I expected.

    By Thomas Evans

    from Bellevue

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I walked into Guitar Center and had no intentions in buying a Firebird. there was almost no comparison when it came to the feel of the neck and the broad ranges of sound. Don't be fooled by the old fashioned look because this bass can make a mellow hum and an intense growl, whatever you want. The pros include a low action, great tuners, large but slim body, and a solid build. Some things that people might complain about include the position of the strap holders (unlike the picture, it is actually on the back of the body), the weight, very heavy, very bulky, but solid. Good luck finding a bag that it fits in... I personally love the design and when I walked out of the store I was convinced there was not a better deal on a bass guitar, especially for the budget I had.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic looks and Fantastic tone

    By Phillip Mendenhall

    from Kansas City, MO

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I'll start by saying this is the first bass I've owned in over 20 years. This has a sound like no other. Its warm, woody, punchy, boomy and snappy all in one bass. I haven't had a chance to really dig into it yet, but I haven't been this excited about a guitar or bass in a long time. The sunburst on it is beautiful and the setup is spot on. I can't wait to throw a set of flats on it to really see what it can do. All in all, you can't go bad picking this up, especially at this price.

    (7 of 16 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.

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