Epiphone Thunderbird Pro - Natural Oil

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Wings, 7-pc Walnut/Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Natural Oil
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A Distinctive, Great-playing Bass from Epiphone!

The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro bass provides you with tone that lives up to its name! It's distinctive alder body and fast, 34"-scale 7-piece neck give the Thunderbird Pro a great combination of striking looks and unbeatable playability. Two well-placed pickups with active electronics put out plenty of volume, with tone 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 Thunderbird Pro!

Epiphone Thunderbird Pro 4-string Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • A history of distinctive quality
  • Great tone

A history of distinctive quality
Building upon the long-term success of the Thunderbird bass, Epiphone introduces the professional series Thunderbird Pro. Available in both 4 and 5 string versions, this is THE original "rock and roll" bass, with the distinctive shape and traditional design elements and new technology — all for a price that the working bassist can afford. The Thunderbird Pro's feature a rock-solid, 7-piece (Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut) neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and tone.

Great tone
The pickup configuration on the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro electric bass 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. Add to that, these pickups are Epiphone's T-Pro bass humbucking pickups paired with custom active electronics and EQ, making this a very versatile bass capable of a wide variety of tonal options. Other features include premium die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads, a flush-mount fully-adjustable bridge, black hardware, and Slim-Taper neck profile with an Epi-designed straight-string pull headstock.

Epiphone Thunderbird Pro 4-string Electric Bass Features:
  • 4-string bass
  • Color: Natural Oil
  • Pickups: Epiphone T-Pro Humbuckers
  • Active electronics
  • Black Hardware
  • 34" Scale
  • Nut width: 1.50"
  • 7-piece Walnut/Maple Neck
  • Slim-Taper Neck Profile
  • 12" Radius
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Mahogany Body Wings
  • Flush-mount fully adjustable bridge
The classic Thunderbird bass plus active electronics with the Epiphone Thunderbird Pro!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Thunderbird
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Natural
Body Material Mahogany
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material 7-piece (Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut/Maple/Walnut), Neck-through
Neck Shape Slimtaper
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.5"
Bridge/Tailpiece Flush-mount, fully adjustable
Tuners Die-Cast
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup T-PRO Active Humbucker
Bridge Pickup T-PRO Active Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ
Strings (.045-.105)
Manufacturer Part Number EBTPNOBH1

Customer Reviews

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Awesome T Bird

Whoa, Just amazing, BAM right outta the box, tuned , shiny and ready to ROCK !!! Thanks , Zach and Sweetwater !
Music background: Student Hobbyist

Wow!...is right!

I'm a new-comer to bass, but I have played guitar and banjo for over 50 years. A few months ago, I bought a really nice Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar from Sweetwater and have been really pleased with it. Never-the-less, the short scale and piezo electronics, while more than adequate for the bluegrass music I play, didn't seem to have enough "punch" for the blues, old rock, and country. So, I started looking for an affordable, full scale, solid-body. Much to my grandson's chagrin, I'm usually very conservative about the shape of musical instruments I buy and at first glance, the "T-bird" was too far-out for me.....BUT...then I saw this one with the natural oil rubbed finish and something clicked, probably due to the nice mahogany, maple, and walnut blend, absent of any gaudy paint. At that point, I figured that I should open my mind a bit and at least try her out....after all, Sweetwater has that very generous return policy if I didn't like her. When I opened the box, even before playing her, I was immediately impressed by the quality. Then, when I played her, I was bitten by the love-bug. She's a dream!! She has beautiful action, I find her really comfortable to play for long periods of time and she has that deeper, punchier sound for which I was searching. My horizons have been expanded! What a deal! Compare this one to the walnut bodied Gibson T-bird and you'll see what I mean. I'm not here to knock Gibson, but the price of the Epi was far easier on my wallet than the Gibson would have been and I think that the quality difference is only minimal. The only downside is the generic manual that comes with the "T-bird". There's no mention of a bass in it at all and it would be really helpful to have a diagram of the specific function of each control knob... I guess you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out by yourself. That trivial matter aside, buying one of these bass guitars is an investment which you will never regret. Two little tips: Buy the Epi T-bird case for this model, because you'll have a devil of a time trying to find a generic case that fits....and buy yourself a can of Butcher's Boston Polish Amber Paste Wax and keep her protected and good looking with a nice satin sheen.
Music background: Over 50 years performing part-time musician.

Epi T-bird Pro

Absolutely excellent. Had to do a small bit of nut work and intonation, but that's expected on ANY guitar. Once intonated, it stays in tune forever ( I did put flatwounds on it.....) Buy the dedicated case. No other will fit.My only concern is that once I die, my wife will sell all my guitars for what I told her I paid for them......
Music background: Pro Musician

bad*** bass

Start off by saying my sales associate Ben was awesome, and the customer service was impeccable. I got my bass quickly and it arrived ready to play out of the box.The finish is a work of art,looks like I paid twice as much for this bass.The sound is crisp and thunderous. The only thing I will change is the strings and that is personal preference. I don't think the neck dive is as pronounced as some say.It came today at noon and I can't put it down.Quite pleased with my purchase and Sweetwater's customer service.You have a customer for life.

bass for the buck

I have owned several bass guitars in my time, Including signature series that were very costly. I have also owned several epiphpone bass guitars in the past including a regular t-bird, So out of all the enjoyment I had gotten out of the old t-bird I missed it , So this time around I decided to pick it up anotch and go for the pro, The sales staff at seetwater were #1 . And with the New guitar gallery you get what you see, the cost with the inspection, and warranty is a no brainer, The active pickups are hot! I can not express the joys of the over all look of the guitar, the playing is # 1 as the neck feels, i normally havve in the past sanded the necks, did not feel i needed to on this one, I had not played in nearly 2 yrs before making this purchase , and feel I am a better player today than what I was then. I never wanna put it down, and it was ready right out of box, all in all if you are a fan of the t-bird and love to have that gibson put wanna save the $ get a pro, I do not think for one bit you will be dissapointed, or simply enjoy it till that day comes where the sales staff can help you again at sweetwater !
See also: Epiphone, Epiphone 4-string Bass Guitars