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Epiphone Thunderbird IV Electric Bass Guitar, 4-Strings, Reverse Body, Vintage Sunburst


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  • 4-string electric bass guitar in vintage sunburst with classic shape and a classic sound
  • Alder wood body with bolted maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with dotted inlay; 34-inch scale
  • Dual TB Plus Humbucker pickups
  • Stylish blacked-out hardware, volume and tone controls
  • TB Plus Humbucker pickups
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Alder body, 34 scale
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  • Product Dimensions: 56 x 21 x 9 inches ; 12 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002CZU9C
  • Item model number: EBTBVSBH1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,710 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 7, 2007

Product Description

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Featuring both a classic shape and a classic sound, the 4-string Epiphone Thunderbird IV bass guitar in vintage sunburst finish has a reverse body styling, carved top and the Thunderbird insignia on the pickguard. The alder wood body and generous bolted maple neck work together to deliver warm bass tone with plenty of attack from the dual TB Plus Humbucker pickups. Other features include a 34-inch scale, rosewood fingerboard with dotted inlay, 1.73-inch nut width, volume and tone controls, and black hardware.

Product Description

Break through the boring bass world with the bass that more players turn to now for a better look, better tone, and more bass fun, the Epiphone Thunderbird IV bass. The carved top Mahogany body and generous Mahogany neck work together to deliver warm bass tone with plenty of attack from the TB Plus Humbucker pickups. Fire up one of these basses and it's guaranteed to thunder.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Throckmorton Scribblemonger on September 9, 2008
This guitar is a looker, beautiful quality finish and the sunburst body is gorgeous. Delivers pounding heavy bass, and good tone control. Be aware that the head stock is very heavy, and the guitar tends to nose dive to the floor is your don't support the neck, you might want to try wearing one at your local GC is possible. Also, this deal doesn't come with a case, and you'll need a special gig bag or case to house this special bass. I'd look for a deal that comes with at least a gig bag.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nicdnyc on June 13, 2011
The Thunderbird IV I got was around $300 and did not come with a case.

I'm a Fender / Music Man player. Having played and toured professionally, this was just a fun purchase. Something I wouldn't be heartbroken over if it got banged up.

The wiring under the jack plate needed fixing only a few months into using it. It was not an expensive repair ($40) and I chalked it up to its budget price. Also, it would've been free under warranty if I'd bothered to find an authorized Epiphone repair shop.

The bass is neck heavy. It weighs down your fretting hand more than a normal bass. This can make it tiring to play until you build up your muscles a bit. So for beginners, keep it in mind and don't be discouraged.

It's also large. The neck is a standard length, but the headstock and body create a larger instrument. For smaller players, it may be too unwieldy. Put a strap on it and see what you look like in a mirror. You might look/feel dwarfed if you're under say... 5'5".

But! The tone is perfectly fine. It's loud. It's easy to play. It feels good and the body of the bass itself feels extremely well made.

And of course, it looks incredibly cool on stage. :) So if you're okay with the size and weight, it's a super-fun beginner bass.

Don't be afraid to find a guitar shop and try one for a few minutes. You'll see what I'm talking about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. on January 14, 2014
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To start, I've been playing bass for about 5 or 6 years. I've played Thunderbirds at Guitar Centers before and I've always loved their look and sound, so I decided to buy one for myself. Overall, I love it but it has some drawbacks.

Pros: -It's a beautiful looking instrument. The vintage sunburst on the body looks great and so does the distinctive Thunderbird logo. The 'reverse' body gives it a radical, eye-catching look.

-It has a great, deep, rumbling tone. The bottom end is nice and clean and the higher end sounds pretty great too. Out of all the basses I own, I love the sound of this one the most. Its a great sound for rock or metal.

Cons: -Thunderbirds are notorious for their weight and tendency for neck-dive, and this one is no different. It's fairly weighty, although not as heavy as some other basses I own like my Schecter Stilletto 5. If you're used to playing basses on the heavier end it shouldn't be an issue. The neck will sometimes dive if you take your hands off the instrument with the neck at a low angle, but if you keep the neck at a high angle before you let go, it usually won't dive on its own. If you play it sitting down, it feels pretty comfortable, but for some reason something about the design of the body always makes my right leg fall asleep.

-THE WORST ISSUE: perhaps in response to complains about neck dive in earlier Thunderbird models, Epiphone have moved the location of one of the strap attachment points. Instead of being positioned on the side of the body above the neck (as it is in most guitars/basses and as it is in the picture) it is now located on the back of the instrument where the neck bolts on to the body.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zelie Nic on February 7, 2009
I acquired an Epiphone Thunderbird IV at a local guitar place. It came with a hardshell case and all for $249, which was a great price for what I got.

And what I got was a great bass, which had a good tonal range but always sounded warm and never... piercing. Sometimes, when a person is looking for a punchy bass sound they end up sounding piercing. I never had any fret buzz or problems with the hardware. This guitar looks very close to its Gibson counterpart, though they differ, mainly in the fact that the Epiphone has a bolt-on neck.

Despite having the widely considered inferior bolt-on, this bass has some great sustain. In fact, my only complaints about the insturment were that it was awkward to play while sitting down. It wasn't THAT bad, for those of you who've played a "V" sitting down, but it did take getting used to. My only "real" complaint then is, as another reviewer stated, the guitar is head-heavy and will tip down a bit if you let go of the neck momentarily. Once my neck swung down and smaked the floor! But its built tough, and there wasn't a ding or a nick.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By olnol on January 15, 2009
This bass arrived 2.5 days after i actually ordered it. Super fast delivery and free !
I was disappointed by the fact that it is made in China. It looks great but feels like the assembly is a bit weak. The bass feels light like it has no body at all, and lots of buzzing notes (probably needs a tune-up by a pro).Other than that, when you pay 299.00, there really is nothing to complain about seeing that for an extra 50 bucks you can get a made in mexico fender which doesn't come close to this epi in sound breadth..
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