Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass Guitar

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An accurate reproduction of a classic but with new ProBucker 760 bass humbuckers! First introduced in 1963, the Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass has powered dozens of hits by artists like The Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Cheap Trick. When you want an iconic bass with great low end, rich tone and sustain, grab the Thunderbird Vintage Pro. Additional features are a vintage styled 60s Tune-o-matic bridge and Claw tailpiece.

Classic Thunderbird Style
Legendary automotive designer Ray Dietrich designed the original Thunderbird Bass in the early 60s. The Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage PRO uses the same profile of the original factory models with a 7-ply mahogany and walnut neck attached to mahogany body wings with a through-neck joint. The neck has a 1960s style rounded profile and has a 34” scale, a 12” radius, and 20 medium jumbo frets. The Pau Ferro fingerboard has pearloid dot inlays just like the original, and the familiar Thunderbird headstock has a black truss rod cover with the 60s era Epiphone logo silk screened in gold. The 3-Layer white and black pickguard has the original "Thunderbird" logo in black.  

ProBucker Bass Pickups
The Thunderbird Vintage PRO Bass is powered by Epiphone’s critically acclaimed new ProBucker #760 Bass Pickups which are made with the same attention to detail as the ProBucker and P-90 PRO guitar pickups. ProBucker 760s are inspired by the original Thunderbird pickups from the 60s and feature 18% Nickel Silver Covers, German manufactured Elektrisola Magnet wire, Alnico IV sand cast magnets, and braided coaxial lead wire and are vacuum wax potted to eliminate microphonics. Controls include gold “Top Hat” knobs with chrome metal inserts for individual Neck and Bridge volume settings along with a Master Tone control.

Rock Solid Hardware
The Thunderbird Vintage PRO Bass comes with a nickel-plated 1960s styled Tune-o-matic bridge and Claw tailpiece inspired by the original Thunderbird bridge along with open-gear bass tuners with historic "Clover" buttons and a pro 17:1 tuning ratio. A hard case is also available.

Lifetime Guarantee
Each Thunderbird Vintage PRO Bass includes Epiphone’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee and world famous Gibson 365/24/7 worldwide customer service.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Epiphone Thunderbird Vintage Pro Bass Specifications
  • Neck Material: 7-ply; Mahogany/Walnut Laminate
  • Neck Joint: Through-Neck
  • Body Material: 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"
  • Fingerboard Material: Pau Ferro with pearloid "DOT" inlays
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker Bass #760 Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker Bass #760 Humbucker
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
  • Binding: None
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
  • Bridge: 1960's TB-Bass Tune-o-matic; Adjustable
  • Tailpiece: 1960's "Claw" Tailpiece
  • Nut Width: 1-1/2"
  • Nut Material: Imitation Bone; White
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Open-gear Bass Tuners with historic "Clover" buttons; 17:1 ratio
  • Knobs: Gold Tophats with chrome metal inserts
  • Pickguard: 3-Layer (White/Black/White); "Thunderbird" logo in black
  • Optional: Hard Case (940-ETBCS); Case UPC = 711106261744

Customer Reviews

Jansen Submitted: 2/14/2019
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Plays like it’s a Gibson counterpart!
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First and foremost props to American Musical for their help with shipping, the company they used had a delay, and my Tbird went missing for a bit. American musical went above and beyond to help figure out the problem and i got my bass with very little frustration. Out of the box the bass is set up, action was a little high for me, but a simple 1/4 turn and it was playing great. The pickups have a great rock vibe, punchy, but not to high. Big difference between the Gibson and this Epi. Is the weight. It’s a lot lighter, and there isn’t as much neck dive, but be warned, the headstock is a whole inch longer than the Gibson, or the other Epiphone options. So far i absolutely love this bass, for less than half the cost of a new Gibson, this bass delivers. I’ve played Gibson’s, Fender USA’s, Spectors, and several others. For the money, this bass has been amazing.
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Rick Meadows Submitted: 2/4/2019
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Received my bass the very next day after orxering
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An awesome beautiful bass Low string action and smooth playing
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Shane Submitted: 1/26/2019
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Amazeing
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Awesome bass great tone and playability i love it!
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Eric robson Submitted: 12/27/2018
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Absolute god of thunder
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The ultimate thunderbird bass! Love the pickups and the bridge on this, sleek and musclecar body! You wont be let down! You'll definately hold the low end down!
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Anthony Newson Submitted: 10/4/2018
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The REAL Thunderbird returns with a BANG!!!
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As the proud owner of both Epiphone Thunderbird and Gibson Thunderbird basses I have to say that Epiphone is currently outdoing Gibson with regard to the Thunderbird Vintage Pro basses. People like myself have been clamoring for YEARS for Gibson to offer a true and faithful reproduction of the acclaimed and highly sought after T bird basses of the sixties. This Epiphone is the most faithful reproduction of the 60s era Gibson Thunderbird you’re going to find without draining your bank account. The newly redesigned pickups are EXCELLENT and very gnarly with that unmistakable and unmatched Tbird growl. I have both the sunburst and white and will soon be purchasing the ebony as well. My biggest surprise was how Epiphone made these basses at such an affordable price without sacrificing an ounce of quality.. they really are that good... they probably could have gotten twice the asking price and you can have all three colors for less than what you’d pay for a vintage bass... FIVE STARS!!!
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Chris Submitted: 9/6/2018
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Love it
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Very nice looking guitar. Sounds good. Holds tune. I have little hands so I love the action. Only problem is I am a little guy and the bass makes me look smaller.
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Mike Page, Solu54@msn.com Submitted: 4/9/2018
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Nicely done!
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Hi there! I received my sunburst version of the Thunderbird vintage Pro, a few days ago. After a thorough run-through, I am very impressed with this instrument. The bass has a high quality feel and look to it. I was concerned that the selection and matching of woods might not be great but I was very glad to see that the wood looks beautiful. The wings and center piece of the body look like a single piece of premium mahogany, as they were nicely matched with with no off-colors or weird grain shading. The neck feels slim and fast. Really slim. The bass I received should be the one Epiphone uses in their advertisements as it is really gorgeous. Back when i was in High School, I bought a new, 1976 Gibson Thunderbird. I remember the craftsmanship on that bass and knew it from top to bottom. That bass spoiled me as the newer Thunderbirds failed in comparison. This version is the closest thing to the old examples and I an very content with it. Great look, feel and sound.
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Randell Submitted: 3/8/2018
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"Well worth the money"
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I have wanted a Thunderbird Bass for a long time. I am so glad I waited until this model was available! Upon the unboxing I was taken over by the beauty of this Bass. The finish is flawless! I put my tuner on it and 3 of the strings are in tune and the fourth is just a little flat. The set up matched suggested factory specs. When I plugged it into my Ampeg bass amp I was simply floored. The sound of this bass is absolutely amazing. With two pickups and two tone controls the different sound possibilities are endless. I have no regrets buying this bass and if your in the market for one, I strongly suggest giving the Epiphone Vintage Pro a try.
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Martin Thompson Submitted: 1/5/2018
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Not a Bass for wimps.
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Alpine White Flawless finish, action & setup great out of the box but I changed the strings to flat wound chromes. A good strap is a must as this is no lightweight. Sounds great.
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