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A bass with a cool 7 piece body. The Thunderbird Bass has a '70s retro feel and a sound that is just as at home now as it was back then.
What Epiphone say about the Thunderbird Pro IV Bass in Vintage Sunburst
Building upon the long-term success of the Thunderbird bass, Epiphone introduces the NEW professional series Thunderbird PRO's.
Available in both 4 and 5 string versions, THE original "rock and roll" bass with the distinctive shape combines traditional design elements with 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.
Add to that, Epiphone's new T-Pro bass humbucking pickups with custom active electronics and EQ and suddenly, the Thunderbird transforms into a very versatile bass capable of a wide variety of tonal options.
Other features include premium die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads, a "bad ass" fully-adjustable bridge and SlimTaper neck profile with Epi-designed straight-string pull headstock.
Add to that black hardware and black pickguard with silver Thunderbird logo and you've got the NEW Epiphone Thunderbird PRO's.
Pickups: Epiphone T Pro Humbuckers
Nut Width: 1.5"
Neck: 7 Piece Walnut/Maple
Profile/Radius: Slim Taper/12"
Body Wings: Mahogany
Bridge: Flush mount, fully adjustable
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 11 January 2014
Nice upgrade from the standard version (br/)Neck is nice and slim and active pickups very responsive (br/)Great finish on the body , well worth the £249.99
dave | Purchase date: 21 December 2012
Just what the doctor ordered, i've had a few basses in my time but this has to be the very best that i have played in 20 odds years.
Solid construction and a sound to die for.
Phil | Purchase date: 09 November 2012
Had been wanting one of these for a while having read very good reviews about it but Epiphone's distribution problems meant that no one seemed to have any in stock for ages. Jumped on it as soon as I saw Anderton's had one in and I'm very glad I did. A great looking instrument with a sound to match that is ideal for the rock and blues based stuff our band plays.
The Humbucker pick ups give it a nice pop and the variable EQ settings add versatility to sound. This has been a nice upgrade for me at a really great price. Definitely recommended.
Mr John Wilson | Purchase date: 31 March 2011
I am the proud owner of a very fine Sunburst Thunderbird Bass Guitar. It just plays itself, I had to make no adjustments
it was great straight out of the box. Thank you so much for your excellent service and product . Also the bag to fit it was brilliant, thanks so much'
Bill | Purchase date: 30 December 2009
Amazing value-for-money bass. Active electronics and through-neck construction for under 400 quid is a pretty good deal but the actual quality of the bass is amazing for any price.
I already own an Epiphone Les Paul so I knew that they have pretty high build quality, but this seems at another level altogether. Everything from the nice solid hardware through to the flawless varnish and amazingly neat electronics build give it a feel of luxury.
It's a pleasure to play, with a neck very slightly on the thin side, with nice fat low frets, giving a nice Les Paul-ish feel to the neck, and the bridge and pickups well=placed to stay out of the way, although fingerstyle players might notice the lack of an obvious place to put your thumb.
The sounds from it are brilliant too - unlike some active basses it doesn't attempt to be all things to all men, concentrating on good solid natural tones. One slight niggle with the electrics is that with everything turned all the way up it will distort quite nastily, and even with the humbuckers it will give off a bit of mains hum with the volume anywhere above the centre notch on the volume.
The only other niggles I can come up with are the balance being weird and very neck-heavy, and the front strap button being at a nasty angle which combined make you worry constantly about it taking a nosedive. Par for the course with this body shape of course, an a small compromise for the style if you ask me. 3 quid on a straplock alleviates that particular worry of course.
If you like the Explorer style (and can put up with the flaws inherent with it) then this is genuinely fantastic value.