EPIPHONE THUNDERBIRD CLASSIC IV PRO VS BASS GUITAR
VINTAGE SUNBURST FINISH
The return of a Rock Classic … so close to the original Gibson with genuine Gibson TB-Plus™ Humbucking Pickups and through body construction!
The Thunderbird IV was first introduced in 1963 and instantly became one of rock’s most recognisable bass guitar designs. For almost five decades, the Thunderbird has powered artists as varied as Nikki Sixx, The Who, Kings of Leon, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan and The Silversun Pickups.
Turn on your radio and you’ll hear a Thunderbird bass. Now, Epiphone takes all the vintage mojo of the original Thunderbird IV and sends it flying into the future with Gibson TB Plus™ humbuckers with ceramic magnets and all the ’Bird’s original styling and features intact.
The Thunderbird IV was one of the most radical designs to come out of the Gibson and Epiphone Kalamazoo factory in the early ’60s, thanks to legendary American automotive designer Ray Dietrich, who was asked to put a new twist on solidbody guitars and basses.
The sound of the Thunderbird IV was as cutting edge as its design and now the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO returns with all of Epiphone’s first-class quality and without the hassles of owning (or hiding) a vintage instrument. This Bass has been made to be played!
TIMELESS THUNDERBIRD DESIGN
The Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO features mahogany body wings and a rock-solid, 7-piece mahogany/walnut neck with through-body construction for amazing sustain and articulate tone.
The Classic-IV PRO’s neck features a 1960s-style rounded profile making it easy to play without sacrificing the tone that comes with a full-size bass neck. The mahogany/walnut neck has a 34” scale length with a rosewood fingerboard, a 12” radius, 20 medium-jumbo nickel/silver alloy frets, a 1.50” nut and pearloid “dot” inlays.
The body is finished in beautiful Vintage Sunburst lacquer. The iconic reverse headstock is one of the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO’s most outstanding visual features with a trim that matches the color finish around a black headstock. The truss rod cover also features “Epiphone” in gold typeface.
EPIPHONE THUNDERBIRD CLASS IV PRO FEATURES
- Gibson TB Plus™ humbuckers
- Historic 60’s era Thunderbird profile
- Classic 3-point adjustable bridge
THE POWER OF THE T-BIRD
The Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO features Gibson TB Plus™ humbuckers with ceramic magnets. Ceramic magnets are a perfect choice for the classic Thunderbird sound for their high gain, smooth tone and high-end definition.The Gibson TB Plus™ humbuckers are traditional, hum-cancelling bass pickups that are wax potted and then filled with epoxy, producing a full frequency, heavy-bottom sound similar to pickups with a passive EQ. They deliver the huge, powerful bass tone the Thunderbird IV is renowned for.
The Black TopHat controls come with chrome metal inserts and feature Epiphone-standard 1” diameter potentiometers for better “throw,” longer life and reliable service. Controls include neck volume, bridge volume, master tone and neck pickup tone.
ROCK SOLID THUNDERBIRD HARDWARE
Epiphone hardware is an industry benchmark and the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO features premium, die-cast 14:1 bass machine heads and an Epiphone 3-point adjustable bridge, much like the original design but made even more reliable.
The 3-point adjustable bridge gives players the ability to fine-tune the height of the Classic-IV PRO’s bass strings in all directions—front, back and side-to-side—giving the bridge a “floating” profile and allowing the bass to be equipped with a variety of string gauges and multiple set-up options.
The Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO’s legendary resonance, tone and sustain is the result of anchoring the bridge directly into the body at its three adjustable points, which provides a firm seating for the strings and yields a strong union between the strings and body.
Readily accessible screws make setting the intonation simple and unproblematic and, of course, the white pickguard features the iconic Thunderbird logo.
EPIPHONE THUNDERBIRD CLASS IV PRO SPECIFICATIONS
- Body: mahogany body wings
- Neck: 7-ply mahogany/walnut thru-neck
- Neck Profile: 1960s rounded bass profile
- Fingerboard: Rosewood with pearloid dot inlays
- Fingerboard Radius: 12″
- Frets: 20-medium jumbo, nickel/silver alloy
- Scale Length: 34″
- Nut Width: 1.50″
- Neck Pickup: Gibson TB Plus™ humbuckers
- Bridge Pickup: Gibson TB Plus™ humbuckers
- Bridge: Classic style 3-point adjustable Flush-Mount, fully adjustable
- Controls: Neck volume, Bridge volume, Master tone
- Tuners: Black die-cast 17:1 ratio
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Control Knobs: Black Top Hats with Chrome Metal inserts
- Optional Hard Case with black vinyl exterior, gray plush interior and chrome hardware
- Colour: Vintage Sunburst Lacquer
- Typical Weight (+/- 5%) 8.7 lbs