NBD - Epiphone Thunderbird IV Pro

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Crusher47, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Just picked it up today... Needs a good cleaning, setup and fresh strings. Anyone have setup specs. on these or just go with the Fender specs? I have a spare set of DR Lo-Rider strings...anyone using those on this model?

    On to the pics...
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    Vinyl Sticker that was under the tone knob...
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    Pickguard is faded in some spots, will need to get another... May also upgrade the bridge too eventually
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  2. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird

    Dec 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY.
    Nice, Looks really clean, not sure if you have any interest in this, but the good folks over at the ThunderBird Club might have some suggestions for you.
     
  3. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    No need to buy a Gibson with one of these.
    I bought mine three or four months ago afyer wanting one for years.
    Finally gound a nice used one with a Hipshot bridge and a tapered Epiphone hardshell case for $375.
     
  4. abracadunphy

    abracadunphy

    May 22, 2015
    Very nice :thumbsup:
     
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  5. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Thanks everyone! I went ahead and ordered the Hipshot bridge, so I will hold off on putting new strings for now.
     
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  6. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Hipshot
    Great bridge! If you ever swap tuners, Hipshot used to make smaller clover leaf tuning pegs for their ultralights. Gave my T-Bird a bit more of a vintage look.
     
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  7. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Thanks, I will check those out
     
  8. Do you happen to remember what size you used and were they an easy swap?
     
  9. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    Hipshot
    3/8" will replace the compact Gotoh-type tuners. These drop right in.

    1/2" will replace larger Fender-type clover tuners. These sometimes need a little bit of cardstock to fill in the gap.
     
  10. Ironbar

    Ironbar Inactive

    Aug 24, 2013
    Tigard, Oregon
    I'd love to have one of those in natural!
     
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  11. Great. Thanks.
     
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  12. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    Nah, we are all just grumpy old sh!ts who don't want to help out new folks ;-)
     
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  13. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Oddly enough, I got the 3/8" Hipshots for my 1991 Gibson and still had to enlarge the hole. The set screw was in a different place on the original tuners as well. I'm sure they fit newer ones perfectly, since I took a look at the 2001, and those tuners (stock) are a little different from the original 1991 tuners. Not a big deal, and chances are that it doesn't apply to an Epi anyway, but it's something to be aware of.
     
  14. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    That's a thru-body or a set neck Epiphone? Man I'd buy one of those in a heartbeat, but I've only ever seen bolt-on Epi TBs.
    I heard Pete Way (of UFO) ditched his Gibson for an Epiphone.
     
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  15. J-Bassomatic

    J-Bassomatic

    Mar 30, 2017
    Canton OH
    That's a great looking bass, nice touch on the headstock too.
     
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  16. Bullitt5135

    Bullitt5135

    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    Diggin' the Arctic White. How about a black pickguard?

    I owned one of these in Pelham Blue a while back. Loved the tone, but ultimately the ergonomics weren't for me. To alleviate the neck dive, I added a strap button to the neck plate on back using a longer screw. Helped with the dive, but it caused the bass to tilt forward slightly while playing.
     
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  17. Beautiful bass.

    Is the Pro the one with active electronics?
     
  18. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    I've got one...same color. Yea, Gibson kinda shot themselves in the foot for letting this model out, neck thru with USA Thunderbird pickups. Who in their right mind would spend 4X as much to have the same thing with a Gibson logo.

    I will be fitting mine out with a black P/G as soon as possible. That's just too much white for me. Black P/G will match the headstock too.
     
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  19. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Neckthru
     
  20. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    I was actually thinking of getting a black pickguard too... go for the whole "reverse" Murderface vibe, LOL. I think the black pickguard would also pick up on the black of the headstock as well.
     
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