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Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar


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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.


  • 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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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


Versitility? In a Bass under 300??


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.

Lil' Jon

Grand Rapids




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!




Gibson in sheeps clothing....


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.

Dakota M.'s underground transmission

Richmond, Virginia!




this bass is amazing. this is my second bass, i also own a kramer striker from '86 but the Tbird blows it out of the water. the tone is perfect, the shape fits me perfect, and it rocks. definitely buy it!!!


palm Harbor, FL


Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar

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Series Basses
Model Thunderbird IV
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Thunderbird IV 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.