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Thunderbird Pro-V 5-string Bass Natural Oil

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The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V 5-string Bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird Bass. This new take on the distinctively shaped rock and roll bass combines traditional design element... Read More

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Overview

The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V 5-string Bass builds on the illustrious history of the Thunderbird Bass. This new take on the 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 has a 7-piece walnut/maple neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and tone. It also features Epiphone T-Pro bass humbucking pickups with custom active electronics and 2-band EQ to dial in the sound you seek.

It also 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.

Features
  • 5-string model
  • 7-piece walnut/maple neck
  • Through-body construction
  • T-Pro humbucking pickups
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: 21 medium/jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • 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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3.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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Nice Bass But has Poor Pickup on Low B String

I purchased a epiphone thunderbird pro 5 string bass in June 09 and I really do like the bass I purchased the Natural Oil finish which is a unfinished finish which I like! some...Read complete review

I purchased a epiphone thunderbird pro 5 string bass in June 09 and I really do like the bass I purchased the Natural Oil finish which is a unfinished finish which I like! some people although may not since there is no shine. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is that the main problem I have been having with this bass is the pickups barely pickup the low B string and after talking to other people who own them and reading all the online reviews encluding epiphones own web sight on this bass I found everyone else is having the same problems! I even tried another one out and it had the same problem. all the other strings pickup great it's just that low B string is not firing. Anyway besides that I really like the bass, seems to be built very well and has great action. Maybe Gibson Customer Service will fix this problem, I can't believe they tested and inspected these basses before releasing them to the market. does not say much for the quality control dept. IMO.

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Amazing bass but...

I first saw this bass online and was absolutely astounded to find such an amazing looking bass at a price such as this. I had to have one. I was aspiring to be the...Read complete review

I first saw this bass online and was absolutely astounded to find such an amazing looking bass at a price such as this. I had to have one. I was aspiring to be the next William Murderface Murderface Murderface. It just so happen that one of the local music shops had just gotten a few four and five string Thunderbird Pros in. The finished models look absolutely gorgeous, the natural finish looks good from afar but far from good in my opinion. It's not that bad actually. The neck on the natural finish looks amazing, the wings are the only gripe I have. They look as if they were cut and just glued onto the neck, the natural pores and grain are relatively present. I am a huge fan of oil and satin finishes, so maybe that's why I'm not really diggin' the natural finish of this product. But on the upside, the vintage sunburst looks stunning! The downside is the low B as everyone else has stated. I had done a little research on this bass and read several reviews of the V string, so I kinda knew what to expect, but still skeptical and wanted to try it for myself. I went into the store and plugged this thing right in. By the way it is a little on the heavy side and the neck is very fat, a full c shape neck pretty much. So anyway, I plugged this in a began to play. Everything sounded great until I wanted to go low, it's almost as if i wasn't playing the low b at all. It was pretty much non existent. I'd hit the low b and get no rumble what so ever. What you did get was a very thin, flat, and low volume. That pretty much sums it up. I would definately buy this bass but the issue with the low B would need to be addressed first and foremost. Thank you Epiphone for crushing my dreams of aspiring to be the next William Murderface Murderface Murderface! Why!!!

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5.0

Thunderbird V

By Herbert Hendrix

from South Haven,MI

Great Bass guitar for the money.I bought it for my son and he hates to put it down.

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4.0

Excellent guitar with a few large flaws

By Christopher J Casion

from Upstate NY

The appearance, finish, action and sound on the TBird Pro-V has been at least on par, if not above, its retail price. But there are a few design flaws - or failures in the manufacturing line, I cannot say - that hold it back from greatness. 1) The bridge, at least on mine, was completely ungrounded. Not because a wire fell off or a soldering point was left unattended; there was simply no way to ground the bridge as delivered. Taking it to a local luthier, he removed the bridge, drilled a tiny port from the electrical cavity out to a location behind the bridge, scraped a small area on the back of the bridge to expose metal and passed a small wire through (no soldering was necessary). The result? An *insane* buzz was cured. 2) Another bridge issue... I happened to get mine used and after repeatedly tuning low B I realized the factory string had been damaged (and soldered... Do people really do this?) No big deal, I should have a spare set on hand anyway. Getting the lighter gauge (low B @ 125), as factory sets seem to be light, I didn't expect to have any trouble fitting a new low B into the bridge. In this case the set was an Ernie Ball Super Slinky 5. They were double-wound along the ball area and the gap in the bridge was too skinny to accept the extra girth. The bridge only needs to restrain the ball, why is the tolerance *so* tight in the string passthrough area?! Using a Dremel and some care I bored out the pass through. Strings that don't have extra wrapping along the ball area will not have this problem, but I'm not even sure if a 130 or higher would fit through the pass without the extra wrapping. On to the good... The strong neck keeps a nice low angle for easy popping without buzz. My old Washburn T14 simply couldn't be set up with action this low and still be buzzless. Other reviewers have complained about low B playing quietly compared with the other strings. I have had no such issue. Low B plays loud and kicks you in the guts (rattles the floorboards and ventilation) on a little GK MB115 (200W single 15"). The sound quality and variety are both great for what I play. It can be very clean, bright and snappy or tonal and booming with plenty of mix between. So far I've simply kept the adjustment knobs in the middle, the volume all the way up and have been happy right there. Using an old Zoom B1 pedal I can get some great distortion growl or fuzz while maintaining note clarity; vastly superior sound compared with my old Washburn T14 Taurus using the same pedal. The problems *are* thoroughly annoying on a mid-to-high-grade guitar, however having been dealt with I love the way the guitar plays and how it sounds. With the annoyances put to rest I anticipate that this will be my one guitar for quite some time.

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5.0

low end rumbling

By j

from san diego, ca

Please check the gibson/epiphone website. they have annonced that defective pickups were used. this only affects the 5-strings. i just bought this bass, didn't notice any problems, but it is a freakin' sweet bass, and i suggests contacting the company. i would hate for people to get a bad, and undeserving opinion of this instrument.

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(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very unhappy

By sloppyjoetogo

from Atwater Ohio

Ordered it on friday, got it on saturday. A sweet looking trans black pro V. Warmed up the mesa boogie and plugged it in. The wiz was so loud i think it blew a tweeter. After some adjustments to the boogie i dertermined theres a ground issue somwhere in the pre-amp. I dont know what to do. Im heartbroken.

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3.0

Sloppy Dalian build

By Jackwagon

from Jacksonville, Fla

Nice bass, but Epiphone really needs to start watching the Daewon/Dalian China plant a bit better. They have been notorious for bad paint jobs and gluey overruns, poorly shipped guitars and basses that render many unplayable due to twisted necks and high frets. So what if they can pop out guitars like candybars?

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

yes sir,

By bell

from sandusky, oh

i like this guitar. i had a few other 5 string and the heavier string gauge always becomes more of a feel. this is common. easy fix is adjusting string gauges accordingly (ie. dont count on bigger being better and start putting some thought towards speakers), and putting treble into your sound, also raising pickup. some say the head dips, but... figure it out, need to think about some science (leverage). very good guitar.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

love tone but didnt last and had problems with intonation

By erick Penn

from Michigan

I play bass about 8 hours a week, and play as an occupation in a modern rock band. I love the tone , style of bass, and feel, however I only had this bass for about 4 months and the frets are worn down way too much. I also had so much trouble with intonation with the strings. I couldn't even use my low b string on my band's E.P. I play through a mesa titan v12, a mesa 4-10 cab, and a 2-12 cab. I didn't notice any problems with the pick ups and the versatility is awesome, but because of the tuning issues I'm going to attempt to return this bass if possible. I would keep the bass if the frets wouldn't have worn down after owning it for only a few months. I hope this review helps you, the consumer, on deciding on your next bass.

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(36 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Amazing bass but...

By cjbakabakachief

from Albuquerque, NM

I first saw this bass online and was absolutely astounded to find such an amazing looking bass at a price such as this. I had to have one. I was aspiring to be the next William Murderface Murderface Murderface. It just so happen that one of the local music shops had just gotten a few four and five string Thunderbird Pros in. The finished models look absolutely gorgeous, the natural finish looks good from afar but far from good in my opinion. It's not that bad actually. The neck on the natural finish looks amazing, the wings are the only gripe I have. They look as if they were cut and just glued onto the neck, the natural pores and grain are relatively present. I am a huge fan of oil and satin finishes, so maybe that's why I'm not really diggin' the natural finish of this product. But on the upside, the vintage sunburst looks stunning! The downside is the low B as everyone else has stated. I had done a little research on this bass and read several reviews of the V string, so I kinda knew what to expect, but still skeptical and wanted to try it for myself. I went into the store and plugged this thing right in. By the way it is a little on the heavy side and the neck is very fat, a full c shape neck pretty much. So anyway, I plugged this in a began to play. Everything sounded great until I wanted to go low, it's almost as if i wasn't playing the low b at all. It was pretty much non existent. I'd hit the low b and get no rumble what so ever. What you did get was a very thin, flat, and low volume. That pretty much sums it up. I would definately buy this bass but the issue with the low B would need to be addressed first and foremost. Thank you Epiphone for crushing my dreams of aspiring to be the next William Murderface Murderface Murderface! Why!!!

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(27 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very disappointed

By TK

from Livermore,CA

I had the same problem with the low B-string and the customer service reps told me that it was my amp. I am returning this bass and will be ordering something else. It's unfortunate because I really love the bass otherwise and havce always been fond of the T-bird and jumped at the chance to have a 5-string version. SAVE YOUR MONEY!

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(25 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Bass But has Poor Pickup on Low B String

By Michael Wayne

from Lincoln, NE

I purchased a epiphone thunderbird pro 5 string bass in June 09 and I really do like the bass I purchased the Natural Oil finish which is a unfinished finish which I like! some people although may not since there is no shine. The only reason I gave this 4 stars is that the main problem I have been having with this bass is the pickups barely pickup the low B string and after talking to other people who own them and reading all the online reviews encluding epiphones own web sight on this bass I found everyone else is having the same problems! I even tried another one out and it had the same problem. all the other strings pickup great it's just that low B string is not firing. Anyway besides that I really like the bass, seems to be built very well and has great action. Maybe Gibson Customer Service will fix this problem, I can't believe they tested and inspected these basses before releasing them to the market. does not say much for the quality control dept. IMO.

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