Thunderbird IV review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 8.2 (402 votes)
Epiphone: Thunderbird IV

Price paid: C$ 240

Purchased from: Pawn Shop

Sound — 7
This bass provides a very deep and rich low end with plenty of growl in the mids without getting too mudy. I use this with a Fender Bassman 100 and it sounds brilliant, not quite as good as my P-Bass and wont fit as many styles but it works good for heavier stuff or when your doing a driving bass line. When it comes to slap forget it, and for tonal versitility it's pretty good, but you wont see this as my main bass.

Overall Impression — 8
I'm a bit hard on this bass I know, but I am a Fender guy. I really do like this bass though, it's a real looker for sure. It does suit half of my music but I play nearly everything. For ska and slap stuff my percision bass is way better suited though. I have been playing guitar for 6 years and bass for almost 3 now and I can say that this bass with all it's flaws is still one of the better ones I've flayed. I love it's looks and it's low end and the way it feels when you play it. I hate how it feels a bit fragile though. If this bass we're stolen I'd probably build a new one just to ensure better quality, and not to mention it's imposible to find one around here. Considering I bought this bass just because I'm infatuated with it's looks though I can say I'm the farthest thing from disapointed with it.

Reliability & Durability — 7
I'm gonna start by saying never gig without a backup! Having that said this guitar doesn't seem very durable. With how much the neck was bowing, and just the over all feel I think that if it feel off it's poorly placed strap buttons or the neck hit something the wrong way the neck would call it quits and snap clear in half. This bass feels solid enough but I have my doubts. Quality is fairly good though, closed back tuners is a defenit plus, but even my Peavey milestone feels better made and like it will withstand more abuse.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
From the factory who knows how this bass was set up. When I got it though I had to clean it, change the strings, adjust the pickups, adjust the bridge, and then tighten the truss rod because the bow in the neck was appalling. The finish is the Vintage burst which is flamed on the wings and it looks beautiful. Once this guitar was properly set up and cleaned it looked and played like a dream. Yes the neck does like to dive but every bass is neck heavy and with this one being lighter then my P Bass it's not an issue.

Features — 8
This is an older Thunderbird bass, made in China, but I'm not sure of the age. It has a mahogany body, and bolt-on mahogany neck unlike the curent model that has an alder body with maple neck. It's your standard reverse body thunderbird with it's dual passive humbuckers, 2 volume and a master tone control and covered tuners. The neck is close to a P-Bass and gives a very good feel.

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    Bought one this weekend. I'm really pleased with it. Just added a new strap button to bypass the neckdive.
    St. Fixxxer
    bassbizzle wrote: Trivium1391 wrote: best bass out there absolutely not lmao that was good - owned
    Oh, yeah! That was real funny! heh, he, he...