Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV - Vintage Sunburst

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Mahogany/Walnut Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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A Classic Bass Just Got Better

Take 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 mahogany/walnut 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 Gibson TB Plus humbucking pickups
  • The technology behind T-bird tone
  • A history of distinctive quality
Two Gibson TB Plus humbucking pickups

The Thunderbird Classic IV is a bass monster. How so? It's the neck-through design, and, of course, the pickups! No doubt about it - your pickups are often the weakest link in your quest for the ultimate bass sound. This T-bird packs a pair of Gibson TB Plus humbucking bass pickups with ceramic magnets 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:
  • Mahogany body
  • SlimTaper mahogany/walnut neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Two Gibson TB Plus humbucking pickups
  • Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
Inject your music with the classic growl of Epiphone's Thunderbird Classic IV Bass!

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Bass Guitar Buying Guide

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 Mahogany/Walnut
Neck Shape Slimtaper
Radius 12"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.50"
Bridge/Tailpiece Flush Stoptail
Tuners Die-Cast, 17:1 ratio
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup Gibson TB Plus
Bridge Pickup Gibson TB Plus
Controls 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings (.045-.105)
Manufacturer Part Number EBTCVSBH1

Customer Reviews

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Amazing bass guitar

I received my Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV Vintage Sunburst bass guitar a few days ago and I wanted to write a review on it. It arrived in excellent shape, all set up tuned up and even polished. Ryan, the sales engineer went above and beyond his job to make sure it was wrapped and packed safe on its way to my home, they even double boxed the order!!! I want to give a very big shout out to Ryan and his staff for doing an amazing job for me! I will be ordering more items from them! If you have the love for music and you play any kind of instrument, please, do not monkey around with the big box music store, we know who they are..lol.. just go to these professional guys, this store, you will be happy that you did!.......... Ok, here is my review of the bass, one simple word, amazing! I get the low, rumble growl that I have been wanting in a bass guitar, I play it through my fender rumble 500 watt combo bass amp. I own 5 basses now and this is my number one bass!
Music background: Bass player


I cannot say enough about the quality of this bass! Way better than I expected, and I was expecting quite a bit based on the large amount of positive reviews I had read on Epi's BEST version of the T- bird! This is by far my favorite bass! It surpasses my '67 Fender Mustang; '71 fretless P-bass; Carvin SB4000; and my second favorite -- an Epi EB3! The finish is FLAWLESS! The Gibson pups deliver as advertised, the playability is perfect, and I actually don't mind the 3-point bridge -- a sore point with many! There is absolutely NO neck dive, and it is the lightest of all my basses! On top of all that, Sweetwater made my buying experience the BEST I have ever experienced -- SERIOUSLY!
Music background: Prior Rocker --now pleasure player.


WOW.... where do I start? This bass is better than I expected! I'm completely aware of the famous Gibson T-Bird vs. Epiphone T-Bird debate, and in most cases I would side with the Gibson, But not here. I went up to a local store, played the Gibson and then this model. The Epiphone won me over. NOT because of the price, but because of the way the bass plays, and sounds. The price is just the icing on the cake. What's the difference you ask??? 1. The wings are a bit thinner on the Epiphone. This makes it a TAD bit lighter. 2. Though it has the same pickups as the Gibson, the pickups in this sound a bit hotter. Way more punch and slightly more output from the bass. Excellent Clarity.3. For whatever reason... less neck dive from the Epiphone.4. THE PRICE! Though these are only slight differences, and opinions could vary from person to person, It's a fact that this bass is at least VERY close to the Gibson. (In Quality, Tone, and Playability) But don't take my word for it; get off your lazy butts and go to your local music shop and try it for yourself!
Music background: Semi-professional Bassist


The bass is nothing short of amazing. I truly believe it's the best bang for your buck. And the sweetwater service was spectacular.
Music background: Hobbyist and student.

AMAZING bass for a bargain price

Wow. Let me just start with that. Wow.This bass is unbelievably good. Typically, Epiphone's instruments look and feel like cheap, knock off versions of Gibson's instruments, and are priced 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.
Music background: Professional bassist w/ 13 years' experience
See also: Epiphone, Epiphone 4-string Bass Guitars