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Epiphone Thunderbird IV Electric Bass

With a mahogany/alder body in that classic T-bird shape, loaded with dual humbuckers, the Epiphone Thunderbird IV offers beefy rock tone for a great value. (110) Read 20 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Epiphone's Take on the Thunderous Thunderbird Bass!

Back in 1963, the Thunderbird electric bass was born, and Epiphone pays tribute to this classic axe with the Epiphone Thunderbird IV. This is a great entry-level bass for any player to dip their toes into before committing to a more expensive instrument. The reverse zig-zag alder body looks sleek and resonates a punchy sound perfect for rock enthusiasts. Two 2-TB Plus humbuckers take in the nuance of your performance and project a clear output ready to hit the stage. A maple neck features 20 frets of smooth playability and comfortable action. Check the reviews, and you'll see why players of all experience levels love this Epiphone 4-string!

The Distinctive Thunderbird Look

The atypical reverse zig-zag body shape certainly stands out in the crowd. It also offers a comfortable feel and an addicting playability your fingers won't be able to get enough of. Take a good look at the back of the instrument, and you'll see it has a mahogany center with alder "wings," yielding a deep, dark full-bodied sound, without adding too much weight. And with the "neck" pickup placed closer to the center of the body, the Thunderbird gives you the growling bass tone you want without too much low-end mud.

Maple Neck and Rosewood Fingerboard

Maple necks offer a rounded brightness with just enough bite. The SlimTaper profile yields a cozy feel if you're not a fan of bulkier necks, and the bolt-on joint adds a little snap to your output. This T-Bird's neck is topped with a silky-smooth rosewood fingerboard and 20 frets for your fingers to enjoy.

Two 2-TB Plus Humbuckers

At the bridge and neck are a set of 2-TB Plus humbuckers ready to electrify your performance and shake the stage. Both of these pickups boast a versatile and powerful sound that can be tweaked via independent volume controls and a master tone control. With the "neck" pickup mounted closer to the middle of the instrument, each note comes through without any unwanted low-end mud or buzz, no matter where you play.

Features:

- Electric bass guitar in Thunderbird body shape
- Mahogany body with alder wings
- 20 frets over a smooth rosewood fingerboard
- Dot fingerboard position inlays
- Bolt-on neck joint
- Scale length of 34"
- Bright-sounding maple neck
- SlimTaper neck shape
- 2-TB Plus humbucker at the neck
- 2-TB Plus humbucker at the bridge
- Two independent volume controls
- One master tone control
- Black hardware
- Die-cast tuners

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Epiphone products.
- Pickups: 2-Humbuckers
- Hardware: Black
- Scale: 34 in.
- Nut Width: 1.73 in.
- Neck: Bolt
- Neck Mat: Maple
- Fingerboard/Inlay: Rosewood/Dot
- Body Material: Alder
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 20 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EBTBVSBH1
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar

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 Thunderbirds 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 factorys 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. Building upon the long-term success of the classic Thunderbird, Epiphone introduces the Thunderbird IV.

Like all of Epiphone's instruments, the Thunderbird-IV comes with their Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 customer service.
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Sound: I have a MIM Jazz bass with upgraded pickups and I still love playing my Thunderbird. It has a great range of crystal clear tones. Basically, the neck pickup is the jazz sounding pickup. It's great and warm and smooth. The bridge pickup, which is the one I primarily use, is more similar to the p-bass. It's thumpy and growly. Put them both up to 10 and it's earth shaking. You can pretty much do anything with this bass from hard rock to jazz and R&B. I personally like it for its mid-range attack. It gets really close to that Peter Hook sound I love. Feature: It has 2 pickups. There is a volume knob for each pickup and an overall tone knob for the bass. What more do you need? I think two tone knobs would be stupid for a bass guitar, so I'm giving it a 10. Ease of Use: This thing is a beast. I can handle it, but it's a little heavier than most basses and a bit awkward sometimes. First, I moved the strap button to behind the neck to balance out the nexk dive. Second, you will not be able to comfortably play this sitting down if you are using your fingers (as opposed to a pick). The body's shape obstructs your arm. Lastly, and this won't happen a lot because this thing NEVER loses its tune, but the tiny close together tuners are a pain to wind, especially when you change strings. Quality: This thing is a tank. I've bumped it a few times. I'm sure it could dent, but I would definitely use this thing in a fight. Seriously, I don't keep a backup. This thing is basically indestructible. The case for the t-bird is also a rock and locks it in tight, so I would travel with it. And, it just feels super high quality. I've had this bass for a couple years now and I don't see it ever wearing out. Value: For $300 bucks, you aren't going to get anything better than this. Actually save your money on a $400 bass, buy this and put some more money into your amp, where it will matter. Manufacturer Support: I've never had to reach out to Epiphone, but I bought this bass from zZounds and got it super quick in excellent condition. The Wow Factor: If you play this, you WILL get noticed. Play a Fender and some chicks might think it looks cool. Play a t-bird on stage and everyone will love it. Overall: I would buy this again and again. Yes, it would be cool to have a Gibson Thunderbird (not a stuio). But, because I don't have $2000 laying around and am unsure if I would actually spend that on a guitar if I did, I'll stick with this. It's awesome.
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Overall: I'm not an experienced bass player so there isn't a lot I can say. I will say this is easily the best bass I have. The look and finish is great. Moving along the neck is smooth. Sounds good right out of the box. Nice deep tones and distinct highs. I could immediately feel the improvement in my playing while using this instrument. The only cons I can think of is that the long neck makes it uncomfortable for someone of my height. It might be a little awkward for shorter people which might lead to faster fatigue. Also, upper fret access leaves a bit to be desired. Other than that, I enjoy using this bass.
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