Epiphone Thunderbird IV - Vintage Sunburst

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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A Distinctive, Great-playing Bass from Epiphone

The Epiphone Thunderbird IV bass provides you with tone that lives up to its name! Its distinctive alder body and fast 34"-scale neck give the Thunderbird IV a great combination of striking looks and unbeatable playability. Two well-placed pickups put out plenty of volume, plus tonality that ranges from thick to punchy. Though it features a substantial body shape, this bass is lightweight and very comfortable for holding down the bottom end onstage. You'll get a ton of tone when you pick up the thunderous Epiphone Thunderbird IV!

Epiphone Thunderbird IV Bass at a Glance:
  • A history of distinctive quality
  • Great tone

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 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.

Great tone
The pickup configuration on the Epiphone Thunderbird 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.

Epiphone Thunderbird Bass Features:
  • Color: Vintage Sunburst
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Scale: 34"
  • Width at nut: 1.73"
  • Electronics: 2 humbucking pickups, 2 volume controls and 1 tone control
  • Hardware: Black
The Epiphone Thunderbird IV bass gives you a distinctive, great-sounding playing experience!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Thunderbird
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape Slimtaper
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.73"
Bridge/Tailpiece Flush Stoptail
Tuners Die-Cast
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup 2-TB Plus Humbucker
Bridge Pickup 2-TB Plus Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings (.045-.105)
Manufacturer Part Number EBTBVSBH1

Customer Reviews

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Worth Every Penny

I ordered this guitar a couple of weeks ago and I am very happy with it. I know people always say that a guitar is "great for the price" but this bass would be solid even if the price were higher. The finish is beautiful and it plays like a dream. I got a lot of compliments on it when I used it this past weekend. Epiphone is doing great work as a company and it shows in this instrument. Of course the guitar came ready to go right out of the box and the service was first class (as you would expect from Sweetwater.) I even got it earlier than it was scheduled to arrive. I made point to order this bass from Sweetwater and I will order my next instrument from them as well. Nice work!
Music background: Church Musician

Excellent Bass

Excellent bass, 'nuff said.
Music background: Writing, recording, performing.

Amazing Bass

This must be the best bass you can buy on this planet at this price. Always wanted one of these. Saw one in a store (it just looked amazing AND expensive). When I saw Epiphone on the headstock, and the ultra low price I was very skeptical. Shortly after picking it up I was walking out the door with it. (I paid for it :) The action with a little tweaking is perfect. The neck is one of the best I've ever played on any bass. The sound is huge. Similar to a Rick but slightly darker and with more growl. Put some Rotosounds on it and it's perfect for Prog Rock. Kind of a lead bass sound, but also very versatile. The volume and tone controls work very well together, and give you a very wide range of tones. The finish is awsome - looks like a piece of expensive living room furniture. I love this bass - it's my number one now. How Epi can make this so good for so cheap is beyond me. They did everything right on it. A classic!
Music background: Pro Musician/Recording Engineer

Epiphone thunderbird 4 string bass and case

Excellent value beautiful sound cool case
Music background: Church musician

Great bass for a great price

I got this bass after my old beginner bass wasn't cutting it for me, mine was in Arctic White. Pretty much everywhere I went, people were complimenting it, it has looks that can kill. It plays well, I enjoy the tone of it, but it definitely needs new strings. The only problem I have with it is the fact that there's maybe one gigbag for it and one hard case made for it. There are other minor problems like neck-dive, but that's not really a big con.
Music background: Student

Sweetwater Advice

Mark Magdich

This bass is flat out AMAZING! I first saw the low price and of course had some reservations. I now have one and believe me, the tone is thick, cuts through, and records beautifully! As an owner of eight basses, including this Thunderbird IV, it's fast becoming my go-to!! Worth every penny!!
See also: Epiphone, Epiphone 4-string Bass Guitars