Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar

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3.8

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Building upon the long-term success of the classic Thunderbird, Epiphone introduces the Thunderbird IV. The Thunderbird Bass, first issued from the legendary Kalamazoo factory in 1963, was for a time the only bass available from Gibson or Epiphone. But really, what else could you need? The Thunderbird’s unique “reversed” zig-zag body design and equally distinct headstock was the brainchild of legendary automotive designer and visionary Ray Dietrich who was enlisted by the Kalamazoo factory to bolster the electric guitar line and help solidify the factory’s eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers. The Thunderbird bass was quickly embraced by rock and rollers in the States, the UK, and Europe and today, is still the ultimate rock and roll low-end machine. Case not included.

Features:

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Hard maple
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper
  • Neck joint: Bolt-on
  • Truss Rod: Double-Action, 2-Way
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with dot inlay
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12”
  • Frets: 20-medium jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.73"
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone TB Plus bass humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone TB Plus bass humbucker
  • Bridge: 3-point fully adjustable
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
  • Tuners: Premium die-Cast 17:1 ratio
  • Outputs: 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
  • Hardware: Black
  • Case: Not included


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Model Thunderbird IV

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EpiphoneThunderbird IV Bass Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good feel (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (12)
    • Small venues (11)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Rock concerts (8)
    • Recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Novice (3)

    Reviewed by 16 customers

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    5.0

    BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT!!!

    By 

    from Brooksville, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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 Guitar:

    My dad got me this for christmas, couldt love it anymore! a little bit of fret buzz, but I fixed it with a little truss rod adjustment.

     
    5.0

    This is very much worth it

    By 

    from Norristown, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Occasional Neck Dive

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

    I recently got this bass guitar last week. The online pictures do it no justice whatsoever, as the finish is extremely beautiful. I have tried all of the frets on every string, and there is no fret buzz at all. It has a very good sound to it, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good bass on a low budget.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I fell in love

    By 

    from miami FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

      I play at my Church and my type of music is praise and worship for example Hillsong United. I was borrowing the Churches bass for months and it was about time to get my own bass. I found this cool looking guitar on the wall and when I played it I was amazed by the sound of this thing. It sounds really fat and nice and it can get really loud. I love it <3

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      heavy thumper

      By 

      from Newark NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

        I have wanted one of theese babys for years. Finally had the nerve and $ to buy it. It's about three weeks old now and It's my new baby!! Fast neck low tone that thumps when you want it to. Looks SEXY as hell!! All the chicks at the shows love it.All I need is the Sans amp and me and the brain will take over the world!!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Looks great, poor balance

        By 

        from Ohio

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Looks great
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor balance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

          First off, this bass looks better in person than in the picture here. Prior to buying this bass, I tried many others in the store and they seemed okay. But then I tried the T-Bird and fell in love. It has a great tone and the neck is easy play. So I bought it. One month later, I traded it in. Be warned all you smaller bass players out there. This bass is heavy. In the end, it was the neck dive that I found irritating. I ended up buying an Epiphone Les Paul Special. It's lighter and is very well balanced (no neck dive). My advice to any beginner is to spend several hours in the store and try them all before making a decision.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not Bad, Just Awkward Feeling

          By 

          from Whetstone, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent Neck
          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poorly balanced-neck dip
          • Poor sustain
          • Very heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

            I bought this bass as a backup to my '82 Ibanez Roadstar II. Out of the box, the intonation was perfect and it has a smooth, playable neck. It is much heavier than my Ibanez and has a larger and longer neck that will take getting used to. The neck reminds me of a J-bass neck. My first ever bass was a P-bass in 1975. This Thunderbird is just as heavy if not more so than that was. The bass has great low tone when playing through my GK MB115, and great highs as well. My major problems with it are the unbalanced feel that can probably be fixed by different strap placement, which may void the warranty. Also, the beast has very little sustain - I will need to add an EQ or compressor/enhancer to get the sustain I want - experimentation time, it seems. Maybe I should just get the sound man to stop drowning out my bass with the kick drum in the mains..... I would not recommend this bass, but my preference is Ibanez, anyway.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Versitility? In a Bass under 300??

            By 

            from Grand Rapids

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Neck Dive

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

            Really, this bass just works. I personally found the sound to have something that Fender doesn't: Depth. I've used this bass at a few shows, and some jazz gigs. It's a nice thing to have in your arsenal. The flaws of it are the neck dive, which is pretty severe depending on where you wear your strap. Overall, good feel, sound, and good quality.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Save your money

            By 

            from Xenia, OH

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

            I bought one of these a few years ago. It was heavy as hell, but I really just bought it because I wanted a Thunderbird. Save your money. This bass is hard to play and very uncomfortable. Buy a Mexican Fender or something like that instead.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT BASS!!!

            By 

            from Poseyville,IN

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            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

                This is a great bass. I have owned basses that were three times as much and I didn't like them as much as this T-Bird!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gibson in sheeps clothing....

                By 

                from Richmond, Virginia!

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar:

                  I had bought this bass a while back in the black sunburst and ever since day one, it does NOT disappoint. I play things like: Mogwai to Joy Division to RadioHead and even Lamb of God. Set the adjustable bridge and play slap like Primus with no problem (may want to change the strings for that though).The neck is very fast, thin and comfortable although it is a bit neck heavy and likes to dip every once in a while. The pick-ups are top notch, crystal clear soap bars that are perfect for resting the thumb on. The volume and tone nobs are pretty cool seeing how I haven't had a problem with them coming lose or anything. The tones and window shattering bottom that comes from this thing is unreal playing (personally) through an Ampeg BA115. I don't know why this bass is priced soo low. Do yourself a favor and ATLEAST play if not buy this beautiful instrument.

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                  Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar

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