Epiphone Thunderbird Pro - Sunburst

4-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Wings, 7-pc Walnut/Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Epiphone Thunderbird Pro - Sunburst
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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! Its 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: Vintage Sunburst
  • 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 Sunburst
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 EBTPVSBH1

Customer Reviews

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Thunderbird Pro

This bass is great! Not only is it a beauty but sounds great too! LOVE IT!
Music background: Musician, writer

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 !

Great bass guitar

I just received my new Thunderbird and it is great. I've been playing for about two years on an entry level bass and I wanted to upgrade to a mid-level bass guitar. I've always wanted the unique look of a Thunderbird and now I have it. Out of the box the bass looked great. I needed to raise the bridge a few turns on the lower two strings to get rid of a little fret buzz on the top few frets,but otherwise the guitar was ready and and the intonation was set. The active Epiphone pickups are much better than passive pickups and the deep rumble of a Thunderbird can be dialed into my taste. Working with different straps to account for the minor neck dive on this full scale bass. A great bass that I am looking forward to many years of use.

Good Bass, Little Bit of Evaluation Error

Very nice bass in all regards. The neck is very comfortable and very quick. The neck width up around at the first fret is noticeably narrower than other jazz basses I've played on, which is something I was looking for in particular. The pick ups seem to be very nice, they are positioned a little strange in my opinion for finger picking, sometimes if your moving around a lot you may notice you're a little close to the bridge. Only complaint I really have is that out of the box there is quite a bit of fret buzz. I don't know if it's just mine in particular but the action on the strings is too low straight out. I figured this would have been tested in the 55 point evaluation that Sweetwater does but if it is they missed it on this one. Its not a huge issue as the truss rod just needs adjusted but if you get it and out of the box your sounding a little too fuzzy just do the action test (press down on 1st and 12th fret) and see if that's the issue. Overall I'm pleased with this and the wood on it honestly looks great, really looks like a professional instrument.

The perfect modification platform

The title says how I think about the one I own. I had a Thunderbird before and missed it very much. The shape fits perfectly, and those who say it neck dives just haven't figured out how these work. I had not had an active bass before, so I was excited about this one. An active Thunderbird - what could be better? Well, the electronics, for one. I just didn't get along with the active pickups at all, but I wasn't about to let another Thunderbird go. So, I removed the frets and rewired the bass to use Alumatone pickups and passive circuitry. It is a blast to play, because it has that wonderful Thunderbird shape. The scooped tone that the original electronics had is there if I want it, but now I can get the old style massive Thunderbird sound, too. It confuses people who notice that it is fretless, which is a whole lot of fun. The bridge works well and makes it very easy to set up, and I prefer the black pickguard to the white ones that come on other models of Thunderbird. The finish is thick and will probably outlive just about everyone and everything.
Music background: Serious amateur
See also: Epiphone, Epiphone 4-string Bass Guitars