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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
Andy Borden Submitted: 9/14/2017
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BUY THIS BASS
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I have tried the Epiphone Thunderbird before. It really is a horrible Bass. Due to the PUP's and Fretboard. I say this because I swore I would never waste my money on an Epi. Well This version of the Thunderbird is so much better. It has the original TB PUP's and the neck felt slimmer. I have a Gibson T-Bird and the classic IV Pro is just as good for 1/4th the price. The sound is there and the neck is slimmer than the cheaper Epi. 1.5 as opposed to 1.78" at the nut. It balances-no neck dive. I'm hooked on this one. It is fairly new so we'll see how it holds up over time. The fit and finish is excellent and it came set-up-I played it right out of the box.
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Brad, brad9052@gmail.com Submitted: 1/28/2016
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Well worth the money
What is your opinion of this product?
great looking and sounding bass guitar
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rebel2302 Submitted: 7/4/2015
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Awesome!
What is your opinion of this product?
Did some research before picking up the thunderbird classic. I waited 6 months and pulled the trigger on the sunburst model. Super happy I did. This is the best looking base and it sounds amazing. So glad that I went with the Thunderbird, all positive stuff!
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Todd Gray Submitted: 3/2/2015
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The best bass I have owned
What is your opinion of this product?
I have purchased Epiphone's in the past, and not very impressed, but this bass is over the top, awesome tone, great feel. I really enjoy playing this bass, it immediately became my favorite. The pick ups delivery great tone. I would recommend it to anyone.
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Howard Jones Submitted: 2/23/2015
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I am not an import fan, but this Epiphone Thunderbird is an incredible guitar..
What is your opinion of this product?
Great bass. I wish the American Thunderbird was more affordable. I would pay more, but not two thousand dollars.
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SL Tolson from Lexington,KY Submitted: 11/19/2013
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Epiphone got it right !
What is your 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 .
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
Neck through the body construction,passive circuts,simple control layout ,finish
Very fast neck,controls are layed out inline very easy to reach and operate
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
The finish is deep enough to swim in,fantastic wood grains show through the poly finish,stunning ! I have the Sunburst model
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
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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Jim Submitted: 8/13/2013
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Sweet Bass
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Jon from New Hartford, CT Submitted: 7/26/2013
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This is what Rock & Roll sounds like.
What is your opinion of this product?
I've always wanted a T-bird. I tried some of the earlier Epis, but didn't like the pickups (too thin) and balance (too neck heeavy). I tried the active version - because I typically play active basses - but it didn't sound like a T-bird. Once the Pro with ceramic humbuckers came out, I knew it was my time. I've had it for a few weeks and have played 5 shows with three bands - everyone loves it.
I play in a number of bands: classic rock, country, blues, bluegrass, pop, modern rock - and the T-bird fits nicely in the mix in all of them. The first night I took it out, the sound guy told me that "the thump came right out here and created a dense layer of fat tone underneath everything." The ceramic pickups make this bass.
Good hardware - the bass stays in tune and the bridge is stable.
The balance is good. I played another Epi T-Bird that was very neck heavy - this one is much better. That said, I went with a buck leather strap (rather than nylon) to help make sure it stays in position. The neck feels great. It seems much bigger than its 34 inch scale. The neck is fat, but comfortable. String spacing is perfect for me.
Tone for miles. Deep, warm and fat - but every note is crystal clear. My live set up consists of a '98 Warwick Corvette Pro 6 string and an Ergo 5 string EUB. The T-bird is the perfect tonal compliment and, in some of the bands I play with, has become my main bass.
The finish on the body is perfect. There were chips from the tip of the headstock (there prior to finishing, because they are underneath the stain and poly). I get a lot of compliments on its appearance.
I'm accustomed to spending at least double of what I paid for this to get a quality instrument. This is a steal.
There is a tag on the bass with a checklist - meaning that someone at the factory signed off on every stage of setup. Unfortunately the guy who signed off on "intonation" doesn't know what that means. Everything else was perfect, and it only took me a few minutes to set the intonation with a strobe tuner. Playable right out of the box.
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Vando from New Hartford, CT Submitted: 7/26/2013
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This is what Rock & Roll sounds like.
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kane from jacksonville Submitted: 3/9/2013
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Tone for days
it's cool some minor blemishes, but it's off a factory line so whatever
the usa pick ups it's a rock bass fo sho
deep and ballsy
Your general opinion of this product.
I was gonna get a standard P bass. I'm glad I went with this.
NO neck dive, very light
dark and smooth
decent
the action was nice right out the box.
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