No other bass looks or plays like it. The beloved Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar from Epiphone features a stylish ‘reverse’ body shape, carved top and powerful dual bass humbucker pickups, set off with black hardware and the legendary Thunderbird insignia on the pickguard.
The Epiphone Thunderbird-IV features a unique ‘winged’, or ‘reverse’ body shape, built from mahogany to offer warm, rich, and deep satisfying bass tones in a solid and durable tonewood.
A hardwearing bolt-on maple neck provides amazing sustain and tone. With its one of a kind SlimTaper neck profile, the Thunderbird IV grants smooth and comfortable playability all the way down the 34 inch scale length. The neck features a rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo nickel/silver alloy frets, providing fluid playability and transitioning from note to note.
Electronics & Hardware
Epiphone have fully equipped the Thunderbird-IV with two of its own TB plus bass humbucking pickups. Proven to be one the most versatile bass pickups, they boast outstanding performance in a number of musical genres, including jazz, rock, metal and more! Both pickups can be adjusted with two tone knobs, and a master volume knob.
Putting the cherry on the top, (or so to speak), Epiphone has featured 4 premium die-cast machine heads, with an impressive gear ratio of 17:1, offering the extreme precision when tuning. All hardware on the Thunderbird-IV is styled in a sleek black finish. Contrasting beautifully with the vintage sunburst finish, and classic white pickguard with the legendary Thunderbird logo.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model Thunderbird IV Bass Guitar Body Material Mahogany Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Rosewood Number of Strings 4 Pickup Configuration HH Active/Passive Passive Colour Vintage Sunburst Product Range Thunderbird Neck Profile SlimTaper Number of Frets 20 Fretboard Radius 12" Fretboard Inlays Dot Tuning Machines Premium Die-Cast Pickups (Neck/Bridge) Epiphone TB Plus Bass Humbuckers Pickguard White Bridge 3-Point Fully Adjustable Controls Volume 1. (Neck Pickup) Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup) Master Tone
Have to say I went with internet reviews and this was tops for good reason ....sounds amazing and built like a tank, this is a big guitar in size and solid to boot. I love this thing. For the cash, this thing will outplay, and look better than a lot of basses twice the price.
However, as is usually the fault with Epiphones in my experience, the build quality somewhat lets this bass down, my personal one has some roughness on the fretboard. As well as this one time my strap came loose and the wood cracked around the jack socket after hitting the floor... This is in massive difference with the Squiers, which you can pretty much through at a wall to receive only superficial damage...
Verdict, if you are a regular gigging bassist, expect to do some minor repairs with adhesive on the body at some point because it will, sooner or later get cracked, however if your after a purely sonic experience or a practice instrument for peanuts then there is nothing better!!!
It sounds BIG and has an attitude with It's thick heavy strings. Fab sound!
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