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 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 returns with all of Epiphone’s first-class quality and a lifetime guarantee, but without the hassles of owning (or hiding) a vintage instrument.
The Thunderbird Classic-IV 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’s neck has a 1960s-style rounded profile, which makes 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, a 12” radius, 20 medium-jumbo nickel/silver alloy frets, a 1.50” nut, and pearloid “dot” inlays. 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.
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.
Thunderbird Classic-IV’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.
|Left / Right-Handed||Right-Handed|
|Number of Strings||4|
|Active / Passive||Passive|
|Number of Frets||20|
|Bridge Type||Classic style 3-point adjustable Flush-Mount|
|Neck Type||1960's Rounded Bass Profile|
|Neck Material||Mahogany / Walnut|
|Neck Pickup||Gibson TB Plus™ Humbuckers|
|Bridge Pickup||Gibson TB Plus™ Humbuckers|
|Controls||Neck Volume | Bridge Volume | Master Tone|
|Machine Heads||Black Die-Cast 17:1 Ratio|
|Manufacturer Model Number||EBTCVSBH1|
|Gross Shipping Weight - Volumetric (kgs)||25.0000|