Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV (Vintage Sunburst)Item ID: EBTCVSBH
4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Two Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
2 models to choose from:
It's Arriving Soon!
We've confirmed with Epiphone that more of this item should arrive within a few weeks. Place your order now, and we'll ship it the very same day we receive it from Epiphone.
Get More Value From Sweetwater
From Our Research Team:
A Classic Bass Just Got BetterTake an iconic bass - the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV - and load it up with Epi's premium USA humbucking pickups. What you end up with is an enhanced bass monster, perfect for fueling the low end of your most adventurous music productions. And with its SlimTaper hard maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, the Thunderbird Classic IV is a highly-playable beast indeed. The T-bird's beefy bottom and attitude-laden growl has graced innumerable hit records; now its your turn. Plug in the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV bass and make some music history.
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Bass at a Glance:
Two Epiphone USA humbucking pickups
The Thunderbird Classic IV is a bass monster. How so? It's the pickups - duh! No doubt about it - your pickups are often the weakest link in your quest for the ultimate bass sound. Epiphone's taken their iconic Thunderbird bass and fortified it with a pair of their finest USA-made humbucking bass pickups that give you boatloads of legendary T-bird growl - and none of the noise.
The technology behind T-bird tone
The pickup configuration on the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV is unique. Rather than placing a pickup near the neck, which could muddy up the tone and reduce its effectiveness, Epiphone gives the bass essentially middle and bridge pickups. This lets you dial in everything from growling tones to funky punch. Each pickup gets its own volume control, along with a single tone knob for fine-tweaking.
A history of distinctive quality
Nearly four decades ago, the Thunderbird bass design was introduced by Gibson. Bassists could now enjoy some distinctively shaped instruments and get their moment in the spotlight. It doesn't hurt that the Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV sounds amazing! Much thought went into the design of this bass, including a thicker middle/thinner wing alder body construction for a substantial yet lightweight playing experience.
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Bass Features:
Inject your music with the classic growl of Epiphone's Thunderbird Classic IV Bass!
Can We Help?Sweetwater's friendly and knowledgeable Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and educated professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. As your personal contact here at Sweetwater, they are available to provide personalized advice any time you need it.
Call toll-free (800) 222-4700 or E-mail us
Robert, Chester, VA
Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
AMAZING bass for a bargain price
by from United StatesWow. Let me just start with that. Wow.
November 11, 2012
Music Background: Professional bassist w/ 13 years' experience
This bass is unbelievably good. Typically, Epiphone's instruments look and feel like cheap, knock off versions of Gibson's instruments, and are priced... read more [+] at a third of the Gibson price to reflect this. Not here. Very seriously, there is almost no discernible difference in quality between this and the Gibson Thunderbird.
Let's get into the nitty gritty of what you're getting with this bass here. It's full scale, has a real rosewood fretboard with a 12" fretboard radius, 1.5" Nut width, it has the same thin c-shape neck profile as a Gibson, actual Gibson Ceramic TB+ pickups, a faithful body and headstock shape/size, neck through construction, and real mahogany. More than that, the lower cutout has been reshaped slightly to allow much better upper fret access.
Compared to my other Epiphone and to my Gibson Thunderbirds, this one actually comes out on top. Playability-wise, the neck is great and feels just like my Gibson Thunderbird. No sharp frets, no baseball bat neck, much unlike my other Epiphone Thunderbird. The pickups don't have that nasally mids boost that Epiphone's TB+ pickups do, but they do sound just a tad hotter than the pair in my Gibson. The volume and tone knobs have more useable range than either of my other basses. The real winner, however, is the newly reshaped lower horn. Upper fret access is a breeze. Also, relocating the strap peg to the back of the bass really gets rid of the neck dive.
The bottom line is that for a quarter of the price, you get pretty much the same bass as a Gibson. Of course there are minor quality control flaws (upon real close inspection under a magnifying glass, the paint line separating the neck from the fretboard on mine is wavy, and so is the one separating the white paint from the black headstock veneer,) but considering that they're almost unnoticeable and don't affect playability, I can't see the point in skipping out on this bass.
Flat out, this is the best bass you can buy for your money. Nothing else in it's price range comes even close. close [-]
wow - let's talk Bang for the Buck
by Joe Miele from Las Cruces, New MexicoThis Indonesian-made T-bird bass is a tremendous instrument. It's not just a great bass for the price, it's a great bass, period. Classic looks, killer tone, and a lifetime warranty make this a bass... read more [+] worth buying.
January 17, 2013
Music Background: over-rated bassist since 1984.
Terrific attention to detail on both the paint and finish. It feels like poly to me, so it is sure to be durable and will last a long time before looking "road worn" if it is treated well.
It's a 9-ply neck through, not a 7-ply as the website says, and it is very stiff, ensuring that you will not need to be tuning it or adjusting the set-up very often. It's also fast and very easy to play. Good quality hardware, good quality pots, and those excellent Gibson TB Plus humbuckers give the T-Bird growl that you cannot live without. It's a little aggressive so you might want to adjust your technique a bit if you're a heavy player, but guys like me with a light touch will appreciate being able to get an aggressive tone without having to adjust our technique.
And let's face it - it looks as Rock & Roll as it sounds.
This was my first purchase of a new bass in 20 years and I was not disappointed. It's more than I expected it to be.
So even though I'm absolutely in love with it, I had to knock off 1/2 star for a couple of reasons.
#1 - that 3-point bridge. Sure, it does the job and it does it well, but it is not as easily adjusted as the traditional Fender bridge.
#2 - there is some neck dive when playing seated that is not there when standing with a strap. It is very comfortable to play though, and if you are the kind of player who rests their arm on the upper body wing (which is easy to do with this bass) neck dive will not be a problem at all.
#3 - A Volume/Blend/Tone control set would suit me better than V/V/T, but that's easily changed and YMMV.
Another minor complaint is that there are only two options with this bass - Sunburst/Rosewood or White/Rosewood. This is done undoubtedly to keep the price low, but a Candy Apple Red/Maple option with chrome hardware and pickup covers would take this bass to another level entirely, as far as I am concerned.
If you're thinking about buying this bass, don't hesitate. IT's well worth what you'll pay for it, and Sweetwater's service is an added bonus. Bravo Epi and Sweetwater. close [-]
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV (Vintage Sunburst)
Buy Today, MakeSweetwater's Flexible Payment Plan is a convenient, interest-free way to buy gear now and stretch your purchase across three budget-friendly payments. Simply choose the "3 Easy Payments" option in your cart, and we'll divide your purchase amount into three convenient payments, billed to your current MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express card. There is a $10 processing fee for using this service, and your billing address must be in the United States to be eligible. It's just another way we make shopping at Sweetwater easy and convenient!
Get your Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV (Vintage Sunburst) now and spread out the payments!
This program is subject to credit approval. We will pull a copy of your credit report to approve your application.