Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass

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An old-school shape updated with an ominous, modern vibe.

The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass guitar has great looks, action and tone. Classic Thunderbird lines are executed with a mahogany body and 34"-scale hard maple neck with a rosewood fretboard and Gothic inlay at the 12th fret. The pickguard is dressed up with a Celtic cross while the black-on-black hardware and satin black finish give it a decidedly dark demeanor. Two Thunderbird Plus pickups provide appropriate growl. Case sold separately.

Features

  • Mahogany body
  • 34"-scale hard maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • Gothic inlay at the 12th fret
  • Celtic cross on pickguard
  • Black hardware
  • 2 Thunderbird Plus pickups
  • Case sold separately

This one will make a big impression on all your crypt mates, visually and sonically. Order today!

 

Goth Thunderbird IV Bass Specifications:

  • Body: Alder
  • Bridge/Tremolo: Three way adjustable
  • Case Included: No
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 20
  • Hardware: Black
  • Inlays: Pearloid Dot
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-On
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.50"
  • Pickups: Two new design TB Plus ceramic humbucking
  • Scale: 34"
  • Tuners : Schaller
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EpiphoneGoth Thunderbird IV Bass
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

She's a gloriously wicked one

A thing of beauty, this bass will get you noticed right away. It doesn't take the Goth notion to extremes in the way a BC Rich Warlock, ESP F204 or the Warwick Vampyre does...Read complete review

A thing of beauty, this bass will get you noticed right away. It doesn't take the Goth notion to extremes in the way a BC Rich Warlock, ESP F204 or the Warwick Vampyre does. The body shape is a classic and the sound lends itself just fine to pop, country, and blues. Three knobs shape your sound from the two TB ceramic pickups and you can dial in the just the right tone for your needs. Get a deep rumble or bring the tone up to get bounce or definition if you like to play with distortion. Because of its shape, you may want a different bass for popping and slapping technique. The Schaller tuners are great, precise, and in-line along the top of the headstock. The input jack is on the front/top side, so be careful if you're a performer who likes to run and jump when you play. Stepping on your cable will bust your input jack instead of letting it slip out. Made in Korea, no dot markers on the rosewood fretboard except for the XII inlay at the 12th fret. Dot markers along the top edge of the neck will make sure you don't lose your place. The neck is heavy as everyone else here knows; but the alder body is light to help reduce shoulder fatigue. The neck isn't as thin as an Ibanez or a Jackson, but more comfortable to grip than a Fender or Ernie Ball. This bass plays well for those who like to sling it low, and the top groove is comfortable to rest your hand on if you play without a pick. The strap buttons are a little on the smallish side, so I recommend strap locks or newer straps that aren't worn and can grip well. This Thunderbird is great for bass players who want to step up from a beginner's instrument or those who want a stylized, reliable backup bass. More a rocker's bass than a jazz/funk instrument, but a great value regardless.

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Nice bass but not 1.5" nut width

The neck on this beast is chunky and it's not 1.5" as stated in the description. It's a little wider than that. The one I got was nice and resonant and sounded grea...Read complete review

The neck on this beast is chunky and it's not 1.5" as stated in the description. It's a little wider than that. The one I got was nice and resonant and sounded great but I hate the neck.

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5.0

Deep, Thumping Bass

By Cucho

from Bronx, NY

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I love the feel and sound of this bass! However, it is not a bass that you can hold lightly in your hands. Use of a wider guitar strap and permanent placement of strap lock at the back of the bass (comes from factory that way now) certainly helps keep neck dive to a minimum. A solid bass. I had to sell an older version a couple of years ago but I went out and bought a new one because I like the tones that I can pull from this beast. This bass is not for everyone so I would recommend you go out to your local music store and try one out before you buy one.

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    4.0

    I love this bass!

    By Damien Blair

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    First and foremost, this is not a Fender bass. If you want P or J bass tones, buy one of those. This bass positively ROARS. The pickups are beefy, the neck is pretty thick, and the hardware is pretty solid for a cheaper instrument.

    I play pretty heavy rock and the T-bird gets the job done every time, but it can also handle lighter stuff too. It's a great recording bass since the pickups don't pick up too much interference.

    If you want to dominate the low end, this is the bass to do it with.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Epiphone Thunderbird Goth.

    By Brian Hammond

    from Nicholasville, KY

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    Im going to recommend this bass for beginners primarily because the quality compared to other basses isn't too great. The Humbuckers do emit a thunderous tone, but it seems kind of flat. It is a top-heavy bass so if you arent very strong, its gonna be a fight to keep it held up for a while. The neck is pretty thick. I dont like thick necks personally, but it will get you somewhat prepared if you want to play a warwick bass. Over all i would give this a 4.5 rating for a beginner bass. It is very reliable and it looks pretty rad too.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass

    By Miseralis

    from Panama City, Florida

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    Great Bass. I've had it for two years with no problems. This thing really growls. Not an ideal funk bass, but great for metal.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Nice bass but not 1.5" nut width

    By Lucy

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    The neck on this beast is chunky and it's not 1.5" as stated in the description. It's a little wider than that. The one I got was nice and resonant and sounded great but I hate the neck.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic Look & Feel

    By Dave-DPqrV

    from Dodgeville Wisconsin

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    I got my Thunderbird almost a year ago now and there hasnt been a day gone by that i regret getting it ..... the tone is amazing and the sustaine is out of this world it a bargin at almost any price.

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    5.0

    My favorite!!!!!!

    By Len

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    This is the best sounding bass i have ever played. I used to play an EB-3 SG, but when i picked up my friends thunderbird i was hooked. i love the long neck, the pickups, the style. Everything about this guitar makes me want to play more.

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    (12 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Booms, Addressing the neck dive

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    This is my first bass after my Ibanez Jumpstart (which is great also). The only negative about the Goth T-bird is that it is a little uncomfortable and hard to play if you've been playing something feather light with a super thin neck like Ibanez. Once you get used to it, BOOM BABY. This thing plays well and has growl to spare. I'm playing through a 35w 1x10 and I can shake my 1700 square foot house! This (next) review addresses the neck dive. I moved the back pin up about 3-4 inches and that helped a little. I move the front pin down to the neck joint and that helped quite a bit, but I didn't like the way that tilted the bass away from my body so I moved that one back to the original position. Then I went and bought a 4" suede (not slick) leather strap. Voila!! Problem solved. If it takes you awhile to get used to playing this bass it is worth it. The wildest horses make the best rides once they are tamed!

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    (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Puts the Thunder in Thinderbird

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    This is my first bass after my Ibanez Jumpstart (which is great also). The only negative about the Goth T-bird is that it is a little uncomfortable and hard to play if you've been playing something feather light with a super thin neck like Ibanez. Once you get used to it, BOOM BABY. This thing plays well and has growl to spare. I'm playing through a 35w 1x10 and I can shake my 1700 square foot house!

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    (13 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LIKE A BOMB

    By SepreH

    from Italy

    Comments about Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV Bass:

    This is not a bass for everyone. It have the problem of neck-dive (if you use a leather strap it's solved), it's heavy...but it has a unique sound, you can't love it. In my opinion the "goth" look is the one that fits most with her, the celtic cross on pickguard and the XII in mother of pearl on the fingerboard (the only fret signed is the 12th.) make her look harder and really really nasty.Three knobs to shape the sound...i really really like this bass.

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