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.

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.

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 read more "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.


- Electric bass guitar in Thunderbird body shape
- Mahogany body with alder wings
- 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
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- Pickups: 2-Humbuckers
- Hardware: Black
- Scale: 34 in.
- Nut Width: 1.73 in.
- Neck: Bolt
- Neck Mat: Maple
- Body Material: Alder
In order to continually improve the design, quality, and performance of their products and instruments, Epiphone reserves the right to change specifications without notice.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
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Shipping Weight: 11.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 20 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EBTBVSBH1

In order to continually improve the design, quality, and performance of Epiphone's products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Epiphone reserves the right to change specifications without notice.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-4GIBSON
Web: https://www.epiphone.com/en-US/Support/Contact

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.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (89 ratings)
Submitted July 11, 2019 by Dominic S in Flagstaff, AZ

"5 year review"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This is a long term review of this bass. I didn't get mine from zZounds but have bought from them before. I want to mainly go over how this bass holds up and how it works in a band long term. When it was new it was good quality out of the box. Just needed a set up. I've used this bass on countless gigs over the years. If you play rock then it will definitely get the job done. Finish quality is good and durable. It doesn't like to chip but will if it takes a hard hit. Scratches are only really cosmetic, the poly is pretty thick. Keep it clean and don't abuse it and the bass will look good years down the road. The neck is pretty stable, I rarely need to adjust the truss rod. The three point bridge is fairly solid too, Paint on it is durable as well. The posts for the bridge can pull out the bushings but mine has not. The tuning keys are starting to get worn out. I'd replace them if possible. They still hold tune but not as well as new. Pickups and electronics are good too. No scratchy pots. Output Jack is still solid. Frets are pretty worn as well. Still got a lot of life but will wear faster than a more expensive bass. Overall a very durable bass considering what it's been through.

Musical Background:

7 years, gigging for 5

Musical Style:

Rock, funk
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