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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar

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A rock classic returns with Gibson USA TB-Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets! The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar takes all the vintage mojo of the original Thunderbird IV and sends it flying into the future with Gibson TB Plus humbuckers and all the original styling intact. The sound of the original Thunderbird IV was as cutting edge as its design and now the Thunderbird Classic IV PRO gives you that same great vibe and tone!

Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar Features

  • Rock-solid 7-piece mahogany/walnut neck with through-body construction and Mahogany body wings
  • Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets for a high gain, smooth tone
  • Mahogany/walnut neck with 1960s style rounded profile for easy playing
  • Iconic reverse headstock with a trim that matches the finish
  • Controls include neck volume, bridge volume and master tone
  • Premium die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads and an Epiphone 3-point adjustable bridge
Timeless Thunderbird Design
The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO bass features mahogany body wings and a rock-solid, 7-piece mahogany/walnut neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and articulate tone. The Classic IV PRO’s neck has a 1960s style rounded profile, which makes it easy to play without sacrificing the tone that comes with a full size bass neck.

The mahogany/walnut neck has a 34 inch scale length with a rosewood fingerboard, a 12 inch radius, 20 medium-jumbo nickel/silver alloy frets, a 1.50 inch nut, and pearloid dot inlays. The iconic reverse headstock is one of the Thunderbird Classic IV PRO’s most outstanding visual features with a trim that matches the color finish around a black headstock. The truss rod cover also features ‘Epiphone’ in gold typeface.

The Power of the Thunderbird
The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO features Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets. Ceramic magnets are a perfect choice for the classic Thunderbird sound for their high gain, smooth tone and high-end definition. The Gibson TB Plus humbuckers are traditional hum-cancelling bass pickups that are wax potted and then filled with epoxy, producing a full frequency, heavy-bottom sound similar to pickups with a passive EQ.

These pickups deliver the huge, powerful bass tone the Thunderbird IV is renowned for. The Black TopHat controls come with chrome metal inserts and feature Epiphone-standard 1 inch diameter potentiometers for better throw, longer life and reliable service. Controls include neck volume, bridge volume, master tone, and neck pickup tone.

Rock Solid Epiphone Hardware
Epiphone hardware is the envy of the industry and the Thunderbird Classic IV PRO bass guitar features premium die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads and an Epiphone 3-point adjustable bridge, much like the original design but made even more reliable. The 3-point adjustable bridge gives players the ability to fine-tune the height of the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO’s bass strings in all directions - front, back, and side-to-side - giving the bridge a floating profile and allowing the bass to be equipped with a variety of string gauges and multiple set-up options.

The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO’s legendary resonance, tone, and sustain is the result of anchoring the bridge directly into the body at its three adjustable points, which provides a firm seating for the strings and yields a strong union between the strings and body. Readily accessible screws make setting the intonation simple and unproblematic. And of course, the white pickguard features the iconic Thunderbird logo.

Thunderbird IV History
The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock’s most recognizable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, the Thunderbird has powered artists in every genre including Nikki Sixx, The Who, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan, and The Silversun Pickups. Turn on your radio and you’ll hear a Thunderbird bass. The Thunderbird IV was one of the most radical designs to come out of Gibson’s Kalamazoo factory in the early ‘60s, thanks to legendary automotive designer Ray Dietrich, who was asked to put a new twist on solidbody guitars and basses.

Product Specifications
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO Electric Bass Guitar Specifications
  • Neck: 7-ply; Mahogany/Walnut Laminate
  • Neck Joint: Through-Neck
  • Body: Mahogany Body Wings
  • Neck Shape: 1960's Rounded Bass Profile
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Truss Rod Cover: 1-ply black with ‘Epiphone’ silkscreened in GOLD
  • Scale Length: 34 inches
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid ‘DOT" inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Gibson TB Plus Humbucker; Ceramic Magnets
  • Bridge Pickup: Gibson TB Plus Humbucker; Ceramic Magnets
  • Controls:
    • Neck Volume
    • Bridge Volume
    • Master Tone
  • Binding: None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12 inches
  • Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: Original 3-point adjustable
  • Nut Width: 1-1/2 inches
  • Nut Material: Imitation Bone; White
  • Hardware: Black
  • Machine Heads: Die-Cast Bass Tuners
  • Knobs: Black Tophats with chrome metal inserts
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
SL Tolson from Lexington,KY
Overall Rating
Epiphone got it right !
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Finally,Epiphone got the Thunderbird right,no frills,no active circuts,pickups that produce real power,neck thru the body,finish you could drown in,and a non Gibson price,very well made (made in China,so what) a excellent bass,but if you need bragging rights,then go buy the Gibson .
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Very well made,attention to detail,says it has USA Gibson pickups,didn't see them install them but I'll take their word for it,know they sound great
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
Neck through the body construction,passive circuts,simple control layout ,finish
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Very fast neck,controls are layed out inline very easy to reach and operate
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The pickups are great,roll off the bridge pickup and it just goes into the deep end, fantastic,roll off the neck pickup and the bridge pickup takes you into a nice midrange growl of a old EB-3
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish is deep enough to swim in,fantastic wood grains show through the poly finish,stunning ! I have the Sunburst model
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I think Epiphone played it smart keeping the price under 500.oo it will get this bass into more hands and players are going to realize what a real treat this bass is without breaking their wallet.This particular Epiphone model of the Thunderbird will give the Gibson a run for it's money,"I can hear the Gibson purist now", anyway try em both,prove me wrong,ain't my money
How was the action out of the box?
I personally didn't have to touch the action,it was right for me and my playing style,the round wounds had to come off and a new set of flats went on,that's the only changes I needed
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