Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO Bass, Alpine White
The Epiphone Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO marks the returns of classic rock bass! Updated with Gibson USA TB-Plus humbuckers, with ceramic magnets. Groups like Motley Crue, The Who, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steely Dan have contributed to the reputaton of these awesome basses over the years, but even back in '63, when it was originally introduced, it was an instant classic.
Now, Epiphone takes all the vintage mojo of the Gibson original and brings it bang up to date with these Gibson TB Plus pick-ups. The Thunderbird IV was originally the brainchild of car designer Ray Dietrich and was one of the most radical designs to come out of Gibson in the early/mid '60s. With its iconic reverse headstock and distinctive body shape still turning heads as quickly today as it did back then. But it's not just all about style, the sound of the Thunderbird IV was as cutting edge as its design and now the Thunderbird Classic-IV PRO returns, with the addition of Epiphone's first-class build quality.
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, and has a '60s style rounded profile. Overall the bass is 34" in terms of scale length and the neck has a rosewood fingerboard, a 12" radius, 20 medium-jumbo frets, a 1.50" nut, and understated dot inlays
Where things get really interesting is in the addition of the Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets. Ceramic magnets are a great choice for the classic Thunderbird tone due to their high gain, smooth tone and high-end definition and bite. The Gibson TB Plus humbuckers are traditional hum-cancelling pickups that are wax potted and epoxy filled, to give you full frequency, heavy-bottom tone. This bass definitely delivers the kind of huge, powerful bass tone the Thunderbird IV has made its name delivering.
The Epiphone 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 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 complete flexibility in bass set-up. The Thunderbird's timeless and legendary resonance, tone, and sustain is the direct result of the firm seating of the strings in the body provided by this bridge design.
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- Neck Material: 7-ply; Mahogany/Walnut Laminate
- Neck Joint: Through-Neck
- Body Material: Mahogany Body Wings
- Neck Shape: 1960's Rounded Bass Profile
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Truss Rod Cover: 1-ply black with "Epiphone" silkscreened in GOLD
- Scale Length: 34"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with pearloid "DOT" inlays
- Neck Pickup: Gibson TB Plus™ Humbucker; Ceramic Magnets
- Bridge Pickup: Gibson TB Plus™ Humbucker; Ceramic Magnets
- - Neck Volume
- - Bridge Volume
- - Master Tone
- - Neck Pickup Tone
- Binding: None
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 20; medium-jumbo
- Bridge: Original 3-point adjustable
- Nut Width: 1-1/2"
- Nut Material: Imitation Bone; White
- Hardware: Black
- Machine Heads: Die-Cast Bass Tuners
- Knobs: Black Tophats with chrome metal inserts