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Epiphone Thunderbird Classic IV - Vintage Sunburst Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • from Rockford, Michigan September 24, 2015Music Background:
    Prior Rocker --now pleasure player.

    Infatuation!

    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!

  • from Los Angeles, CA June 9, 2015

    Excellent Bass

    Though it is not the more expense Gibson model, this is an excellent bass especially with the addition of the Gibson pick-ups. I recommend it highly.

  • from Blythewood, SC USA November 6, 2014Music Background:
    Semi-professional Bassist

    Incredible

    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!

  • from Sandy, UT USA June 13, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist and student.

    AMAZING BASS AWESOME SERVICE

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

  • from Oregon, USA February 16, 2014Music Background:
    hobbyist

    This is a very nice bass

    This bass is just about perfect right out of the box. It is a quality build and very nicely finished. Usually with a new bass, I have to 'fix' a few things to get it set up to my preference and get the sound from it that I want without extra noise. Not this one - all I had to do was adjust the bridge height for my preferred action and the intonation after putting on my preferred strings. Great tones from the two humbuckers without spurious noise. I am not a big fan of the Gibson/Epiphone three post bridge design, however. If you're thinking about picking up this bass, I'm pretty sure you will really like it.

  • from Las Cruces, New Mexico January 17, 2013Music Background:
    over-rated bassist since 1984.

    wow - let's talk Bang for the Buck

    This 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 worth buying.

    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.

  • from United States November 11, 2012Music Background:
    Professional bassist w/ 13 years' experience

    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.

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