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Epiphone Thunderbird E1 Bass Guitar


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Building upon the long-term success of the classic Thunderbird, Epiphone introduces the Thunderbird E1. 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.


  • 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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Great quality Epiphone crank you 4x12s


Great bass to add to the arsenal. Solid tone great feel. Amazed by the quality Epiphone usually can be hit and miss depending on the year but this one has amazing craftsmanship. No issues plays smooth. Loud till death. Rock n roll.



Met My Expectations and Then Some


I have always wanted a Thunderbird but didn't want to put out the expense since I already own an American Fender Jazz bass and a number of guitars. When I saw an Epiphone on sale at a reasonable price I decided to take a chance on it. Boy am I glad I did. It looks, plays and sounds great. It meets my needs perfectly since I use it to record and jam at home. I play guitar in a classic rock band so bass isn't my first instrument so I was pleasantly surprised to get such a great instrument for a good price.



Fantastic for the price


I bought this as a backup beater bass for practicing at home, but I like it so much that I'll probably do some gigs with it. The listing said used, but there was no evidence of that, probably just overstock, it still had the protective plastic film on the pickguard and other pieces. The quality is amazing, what you'd expect of a Gibson and not an Epiphone. I think Epiphone stepped up their game a lot in recent times. I was once disappointed with a low quality Epiphone Les Paul that gave me problems many years ago, so I was a bit hesitant to buy another Epiphone, but now I'm glad that I did. It makes a nice growly tone and the fretboard is well finished with nice low action. The only downsides are, like with any T-Bird, there is some neck dive due to the fashionable headstock and 35 inch scale length (most are 34), and the long length makes it slightly awkward and hard to fit into some gig bags. Other than that, it's awesome.



Sam Ash Rules!


I have Epiphone basses (as well as an ibanez, a squire...) and this one is the nuts! Perfect tone, no neck dive, etc. I can't pick up my viola cause the Tbird rules!


Boring, Oregon




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.


Brooksville, FL


This is very much worth it


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.


Norristown, PA


I fell in love


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


miami FL


heavy thumper


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!!

pinky swear

Newark NJ


Looks great, poor balance


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.




Not Bad, Just Awkward Feeling


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.


Whetstone, AZ


Thunderbird E1 Bass Guitar

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Series Basses
Model Thunderbird E1
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Thunderbird E1 Bass Guitar

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts and labor for the lifetime of the product. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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