Thunderbird IV review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.6 Good
  • Users' score: 8.2 (402 votes)
Epiphone: Thunderbird IV

Price paid: $ 235

Purchased from: pittsburgh guitars

Sound — 8
I play old school punk with this and will use it in my alt. Country band as well. It offers a piano-like tone, very deep and clean. I play it through a Hartke 250 watt head, and mess with the EQ a lot just to hear its different sound qualities to which there are a few, not a lot but enough.

Overall Impression — 8
Unlike most people writing about this bass, I can see it being highly adaptable. Maybe I just don't care if a country bass line comes off sounding more metal/piano chord like than what is the norm, but other than my old Kramer aluminum neck bass it is the only bass I have found to get this type of sound. Love it and after playing over 30 years and many basses I know both cheap crap and affordable quality. This is worth your money.

Reliability & Durability — 7
My friend has forewarned me of the headstock cracking if it goes down too hard, and has also told me to put a little cloth under the neck while in the case, thus raising the headstock up just a bit, but enough to prevent the cracking issue. Other than that it is a freaking beast.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
I bought it used at Pittsburgh guitars and they set up every guitar before it goes up on the wall, so the action was great, it is a very big bass as everyone will or has mentioned. The neck is thin and fast and it gets a little difficult to hit the higher frets, but not impossible just a matter of adjusting your playing approach.

Features — 8
My bird is a 2007 tabaco sunburst, I, like many others put the front strap button behind the neck and moved the rear one up about 2 inches. Top heavy no more. Alder body mahogany neck rosewood fingerboard. 2 humbuckers sound good, but could see how putting higher quality pickups in may help.

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    Jose Chung
    Hi Guys Like many players I think the strings are too high off the fret board - how can I fix this and move them closer? Theres probably a really easy answer but I'm new to bass playing so please be kind :o)