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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO Electric Bass

Harness the legendary Thunderbird tone and sustain with the Classic IV PRO. This bass features Gibson TB Plus humbuckers and a 7-piece mahogany/walnut neck. (13) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Features: What it does for you:
TB Plus ceramic magnet humbuckers Rich and detailed bass tone
7-piece mahogany/walnut neck Strong and straight with outstanding sustain
Neck-through-body construction Longer sustain; strong midrange; smooth feel
3-point adjustable bridge Fine-tune string height front, back & side-to-side
To be honest, you've got to be pretty cool if you're going to strap on an Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO. This killer bass axe pays tribute to a bold design that has proven alluring since it was introduced in 1963. Epiphone has spared no attention to detail with this modern-day release, and the Classic IV PRO definitely looks amazing under the stage lights. Two Gibson USA TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets mean that the T-Bird Classic IV PRO's tone is vintage warmth all the way.

Legendary Design Followed To A Tee

The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO bass is built with a 3-piece mahogany body carved into its famous winged design. The rock-solid body is fully through-jointed to a 7-piece mahogany/walnut neck, helping to create its distinctive singing tone. The Classic IV PRO adopts the more slender '60s-style neck with a rounded profile, achieving maximum playability in anyone's hands.

The neck measures 34 inches in length and has a 12-inch fingerboard radius. The width is 1.5 inches at the nut. The rosewood fingerboard is set with 20 medium-jumbo frets with fashionable pearled dot inlays. The reverse black headstock with a finish matched to the body completes this ingenious and timeless design.

A Distinct and Powerful Vintage Tone

The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV PRO comes with Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets inside. Their tone is punchy and powerful, with notable clarity in the higher end. The Black TopHat controls on each pickup are super-high-grade 1-inch diameter pots. You can control neck volume, bridge volume, master tone, and neck pickup tone with these.

High-Grade Hardware

The Thunderbird Classic IV PRO bass guitar comes fitted with finely-tooled 14:1 bass machine heads and the classic Epiphone 3-point adjustable bridge. The 3-point floating bridge design ensures stable intonation and gives you control over the height and horizontal positioning of the strings.

Eternally Iconic

Its one-of-a-kind profile and construction makes the Thunderbird IV one of the most radical and recognizable designs in guitar history. Good thing someone asked famous automobile designer Ray H. Dietrich to design an instrument to match the legendary car of the same name. Both the car and the guitar have long since proven their cool factor. Now it's your turn!

Features:

- 7-piece mahogany/walnut laminate neck with through-body construction
- Mahogany body with flared wing design
- Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets
- Slim 1960s-style rounded neck profile with 12-inch fingerboard radius
- Reversed black headstock with body-matching trim
- Neck volume, bridge volume, master tone, and neck pickup tone controls
- Premium die-cast 14:1 bass tuners
- 34 inches scale length
- Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays
- Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets
- 20 medium-jumbo frets

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- 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
-- Neck Pickup Tone
- 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
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Alpine White
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 4 in
Vintage Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 19 x 4 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

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!

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 his signature touch on a fresh line of solidbody guitars and basses.

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, master tone, and neck pickup tone
- Premium die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads and an Epiphone 3-point adjustable bridge
Customer Reviews
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Overall: Epiphone has knocked this one out of the park. As a professional musician, I usually don't give reviews until I have put a product through the ringer but this bass...WOW! It was amazing. Straight out of the box and to the stage. With very minimal set up (used a penny to adjust the floating bridge on the fly) and my style strings, I gigged all night with it. The bass is absolutely beautiful in design and sound. The neck was slim tapered & incredibly fast and the pickups are HOT like its much higher priced counterpart. Thunderbirds are heavy and it does hang like a dead elephant but this bass beats all my others hands down. I want 2 more of these in my rack.
Style of Music: Rock & Roll
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Overall: Where to start? First off the TB looks killer. I ordered the vintage sunburst model and it's a real beauty. The finish was excellent and if maintained properly will stay that way a LONG time. The first complaint you usually hear from T-Bird naysayers is that it has horrible neck dive, well I can tell you from first hand experience the neck dive is non-existent. Older T-Bird's had the front strap button on the top horn of the guitar and that caused a good amount of the neck dive. In This model it was moved to the back of the neck and allows for comfortable and balanced played for extended amounts of time. The guitar sounds exactly how you'd expect a T-Bird to sound, like a rumbling thunder head when you play lows and a lightning crack when you slap and pop. The three knob design works just fine for delivered a plethora of tones. The T-Bird has sustain for days, partly due to the neck through design I'm sure. You can feel the low notes rumble through the body of the guitar; it's really something else. Overall Epiphone REALLY set the bar. Sleek and sexy T-Bird design AND sound (Thanks to actual Gibson TB Plus Humbuckers) at the perfect price. Everyone that's seen the guitar have expected a price tag of upwards of $800. They can't believe it's a $500 axe. If you're on the fence like I was (I didn't know if the extra $200 was really worth the difference between the base model and the Pro Classic model) I can tell you I'm 100% satisfied with my purchase. For an extra $200 you get a ton of bang for your buck. One thing to note is that the bottom of the guitar is slanted so it doesn't sit flush in a stand that doesn't support the guitar neck. I don't consider this a con at all, just a little helpful info for storing your new T-Bird from one player to another.
Style of Music: Rock, metal, Jazz, Funk,
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