Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Electric Bass

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- Body: mahogany
- Neck: Hard maple
- Neck Profile: SlimTaper
- Neck joint: Bolt-on
- Truss Rod: Double-Action, 2-Way
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro with dot inlay
- Fingerboard Radius: 12
- Frets: 20-medium jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.73"
- Neck Pickup: Epiphone TB Plus bass humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: Epiphone TB Plus bass humbucker
- Bridge: 3-point fully adjustable
- Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
- Tuners: Premium die-Cast
- Outputs: 1/4" Mono, Metal Jack Plate
- Hardware: Black
- Options: Hard Case
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass

The Goth Thunderbird Bass puts a dark twist on an old favorite and with a Pitch Black finish, becomes the black diamond of the Goth collection. The Thunderbird 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 guitar lines of the early 60s and help solidify the factories eminent rank among solidbody electric guitar manufacturers. The Thunderbird bass was quickly embraced by rock and rollers in the States and in England 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 Goth ThunderbirdTM IV for serious rockers only.

Like all of Epiphone's instruments, the Goth Thunderbird-IV comes with their Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 customer service.
(165 ratings)
Submitted November 19, 2011 by a customer from kc.rr.com
"Buy this guitar. It won't let you down."
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I am comfortable enough with the high quality of this guitar that I now fully intend to drop $500 for the pro model at some point in the future. However, I am so satisfied with this guitar I don't see justifying that purchase for awhile. Maybe next spring\summer. Also, I may now be dedicated to Epiphone bases in general.

Sound
Despite the low price point, this guitar is very much stage worthy. The sound is clear with an immense growl and serious punch. While the sound is dedicated to being incredibly dark, it somehow manages to do justice across multiple genres. This guitar is extremely playable. When you see below what I paid for it right here on zzsounds, keep in mind that it is both blemished and was on labor day sale.

Features
Most useful: As someone who very much prefers to use a thumb rest this guitar is perfect. When I bought it I was concerned over wether or not the pickups could be used effectively as thumb rests but I took the plunge anyway. It turns out that the pickups are contoured with great care to accommodate a resting thumb. Past that, there is a ridge carved into the guitar that can serve as a thumb rest that runs the length of the body. This allows you to rest your thumb absolutely anywhere on the body allowing you to easily create more dynamic sound without fiddling around. Least useful: While I like the bridge well enough, I have yet to figure out of to adjust string spacing which read more may not even be possible. Further, I know for a fact that it is not possible to adjust individual string height. But don't look at these as deal breakers! This guitar is so playable it doesn't bother me. As another plus you can adjust overall string height with the tiniest turning of a single screw.

Ease of Use
The sound this beast produces is fantastic and highly distinct.

Quality
So far this thing is solid as a rock. One thing to note: This guitar is humongous. Even the headstock is substantially larger than any I have ever seen. After unpacking it the first thing I thought was, "Does this double as a Kliningon weapon?". Be careful with it or you might knock something over or put a hole in the ceiling. Not that I consider this a downside. It is this unique styling that makes it an object of physical beauty. You will get a lot of compliments regarding the guitars look and presence.

Value
Oh my yes!

Manufacturer Support
Haven't had to deal with them.

The Wow Factor
Extract answer to this from previous answers.

Musical Background:
Been playing bass for a year and a half. Mostly I just jam at home and with friends.

Musical Style:
Rock, metal, punk, blues
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