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The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird bass. This distinctively shaped rock-and-roll bass combines traditional design elements with new technology at... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird bass. This distinctively shaped rock-and-roll bass combines traditional design elements with new technology at a price any bassist can afford.

Epiphone's Thunderbird Pro-V Bass features a 7-piece walnut/maple neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and tone. It also hass Epiphone T-Pro bass humbucking pickups with custom active electronics and EQ to dial in the bass sound you seek.

It features Epiphone's SlimTaper design, which upholds a precise width-to-thickness ratio on the neck. This design provides added comfort and agility when racing through the frets, while not fatiguing your digits. Case sold separately.

Features
  • 7-piece walnut/maple neck
  • Through-body construction
  • T-Pro humbucking pickups
  • Custom active electronics and EQ
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Body Wings: Mahogany
    Neck: 7-piece (Alternating Walnut/Maple)
    Neck Profile: SlimTaper Bass
    Neck Joint: Through-Neck
    Truss Rod: Double-Action, 2-way
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Frets: 20 medium/jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
    Scale Length: 34"
    Nut Width: 1.50"
    Neck Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
    Bridge Pickup: Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker
    Bridge: Flush-mount, fully adjustable
    Controls: Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ
    Tuners: Premium Die-Cast Bass
    Outputs: 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
    Hardware: Black
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EpiphoneThunderbird Pro-IV Bass
 
4.7

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone Thunderbird PRO IV Vintage Burst Bass

Super smooth and fast shipment from Guitar Center. This is supposed to be used. It is in perfect condition and workmanship outstanding. Epiphone really nailed it with this one. Almost got the Gib...Read complete review

Super smooth and fast shipment from Guitar Center. This is supposed to be used. It is in perfect condition and workmanship outstanding. Epiphone really nailed it with this one. Almost got the Gib version but the price dind't fit. Took a chance and glad I did. This is so much beyond that. Tonal and playing. I have a bunch of basses from Gretsch, Hofner, Fender, other Epi's, (once had a T-bird Goth, not even close to the PRO), JT's, SX's, Douglas and other Asian makes. This T-bird PRO is outstanding.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Epi T-bird Pro

I wanted to love this bass so much. I had been waiting for 9 months from when I first saw it in the trades. Do not get me wrong, I love the way...Read complete review

I wanted to love this bass so much. I had been waiting for 9 months from when I first saw it in the trades. Do not get me wrong, I love the way it plays and sounds but the oil finish looks much better in the pictures than in person. The oil finish version of the T-Bird Pro has more of an unfinished look than an oil finish. The neck and the cut away edges are very rough to the look and to the touch. The roughness of the neck makes it almost unplayable. I plan to return it and trade it for the Sunburst finish model. Bottom line: Love the bass but not the finish.

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5.0

Bought as a gift, but I want one for myself now!

By Steph

from Chicago, IL.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

      I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend who had an Epiphone Thunderbird years ago but had to sell it. He's in love with it, and so am I! This thing is so lightweight and it feels like they scaled it down from the original. My hands are super small but love large bodied guitars like the Firebird so to have one a little smaller is a godsend. Probably the only con I have is that the colors are not as bright as the picture shows, the sunburst comes out a little darker than expected.

       
      4.0

      thunderbird

      By James

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

      great bass guitar

       
      4.0

      A really good bass.

      By UpCycleLivin

      from South Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

        This a great bass to pick up. it has nice smooth deep tones that makes you want to play for hours. The only bad thing is i would not play gigs with this as it does have some weight to it. After a while standing you Will feel it. It's perfect for studio or home play. I haven't stopped playing with it since i picked it up.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Bass by far!

        By ZachSmith

        from Deerfield, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great For Big Guys
        • Solid Electronics
        • Solid Weight

        Cons

        • Too Heavy For Some

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Sitting It Weights 15lbs

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

        This was the 4th bass I've purchased. And for the price it is by far the very best, but most definitely not a first guitar. it can be quite "unwieldy" due to its large stature and incredible weight, but for stronger heavier players that want the feel of something and strong and solid as them, perfect bass for you right here look no further.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent quality at an affordable price

        By arubatom

        from Loveland, Colorado

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Plays Well
        • Solid Electronics
        • VERY WELL BUILT

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Has Great Tone
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

          Great looking bass that always draws compliments, with the natural oil finish. PLays great...bass tone really penetrates wherever you may play. Has features found on bassess costing hundreds, if not a thousand more.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Tracking it down

          By Bass Is Better

          from Geraldine, AL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

          I love this bass! Smooth neck, fast action, hot pickups that can be dialed down or cranked up! I've never had an issue cutting through the mix. I can dial in different tones for different moods. It's light enough to wear all night with no fatigue. With a suede backed strap she stays in place hands free. So what's with the four stars? Ground buzz. Hand on the strings = no buzz. Open strings, even while playing = buzz. I'm playing through a Peavey Max with an active input, the ground lift switch on the mixer channel has made no difference. Gotta be internal. I'll find it, but I wish I didn't have to. (And it can't be all that bad, I haven't fixed it yet have I?) Still glad I bought it. Still love it.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          T-Bird Pro IV Bass

          By Bones

          from Santa Cruz, 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
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

            I bought this level 4. It had a faulty ground wire connection that needed re-soldering and a minor crack in the neck that was easy to glue back. Once done it plays like a dream. Great sound from the pickups - great pre-amp. More punch than the standard Tbird. Not too neck heavy since they moved the strap button to the back of the body. Pretty well balanced. Color is natural with an oiled finish so you get the feel of the wood. I like natural oiled finishes so this suits me but it doesn't have any poly or gloss to it so maybe not for everyone. I feel it allows the wood to breath and gives a better resonance to not have all that thick finish. Frets are finished well - no protruding or sharp ends. All in all this has been a great purchase.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Looks great, feels wonderful, sounds awesome!

            By Joseph Dressler

            from allentown pa

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

            I've wanted a Thunderbird forever and finally ordered a Pro IV in natural oil from Guitar Center. Well, it turned out to be even nicer than I'd hoped for. As others mentioned it's active instead of passive, but this isn't a minus, it's a plus because you can get a lot of different sounds out of this...try it with an Ibanez Promethean or your favorite amp and a Hartke Bass Attack an Eden WT preamp pedal or an MXR M80 and leave all the passive vs active talk for the same purists who think bass players shouldn't use picks, when everyone knows some of the best bass players do. Another thing I really like about this T-bird is the unfinished neck...it's incredibly smooth, and since I've added a set of Guild flatwound strings this bass almost plays itself! Finally, the Thunderbird has always been one of the coolest looking bass guitars ever made and the natural oil one even looks good hanging in its stand...the black hardware is a really nice touch. Buy one of these and be the envy of all your musician friends...but be prepared to let them all try it out because that's what happens to me every time there's a get together.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Solid Bass

            By Basement Blues

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

              Just got one used. Nice feel on neck and easy to play. Good tone and I like the sound. Good electric. Wood work is so-so.

              I always disassemble guitars I bought to check details. All circuitry looked good. No need to resolder.

              One thing I noticed was spacer under the pickups. There were two types of foam materials. Soft sponge layer on the bottom and hard foam on the top. Sponge material was all compressed and not functional at all. Top foam material is rather hard. So, it requires a lot of torque to turn adjust screw. And the screw head is so small and can be stripped very easily if you are not careful. Also, some of these screw holes were not aligned.

              I replaced these foam materials with softer but solid one. Now adjustment is easier.

              Like some other bass guitars, this one is neck heavy but not too bad. Edge of frets was rather rough and I filed them.

              Good bass guitar for the price.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One Fine Epi

              By KENNETH WALCOTT

              from Boardman Ohio 44512

              Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV Bass:

              I just got my Epiphone Pro IV Bass Vintage Sunburst. I had them install Thomastik JF344 Flatwounds on it. They set the guitar up at the Boardman Store. The tone, sound & action is unbeleavable. I also have a 65 or 66 Original Hofner. Two very different but fantastic guitars. Hats off to everyone at the Boardman Store especially to Miles & Steve for putting the finishing touch on one great guitar.

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