To Epiphone T-Bird IV or not to Epiphone T-Bird IV...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by C//LiMBa, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. ...thats the question :)

    I'm planning on buying one on friday for 490EUR. I've read a couple of reviews and all were positive (except for the down-falling neck but I do not mind that)

    Does anyone has a T-bird IV? (I do not mean the Gibson, as I'm just a college student and can't really afford a Gibson...)

    Thnx in advance!
  2. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    all you can play is rock. you cant slap on it you cant really pop on it, its no good for funk or jazz. this who uses them:


    NIkki Sixx

    what do they play? and thats the sound you can get out of one!

    check out
    THIS website for a mod to stop the neck dive. its great - ive done it to mine. one thing:

    heres a picture of mine, it may only be good for one style of music, but i think it looks F**king ace!
  3. bassist4ever

    bassist4ever Guest

    Dec 5, 2000
    USA, Oklahoma
    doesnt Shavo from SOAD play one? i think its the "real" version and not epiphone. but still.

    if you watch the video of aerials you can see it.
  4. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    yeah he does. he has three, a natural one, and too black ones, one with a white pickguard and one with no pickguard. however. he plays thaem with a, qite frankly, ****ed up tuning


  5. hi!
    thnx for the reply's!

    me and my band (In-Valve) play metal/hardcore/rock, so the sound should be just what I'm looking for :)
    I now have an Ibanez EDA900 and I'm not really happy with it (i even regret buying it, it was like 1000EUR...) and I'm looking for a bass where I can play freaky, funny things on, but wich has also a nice rockin' sound, do you think the T-Bird wil satisfy me?

    Keep On Playing!

    BTW: Toastedweed, can i have your msn or icq, cause I also saw the page you linked to a time ago and i was planning on doing that trick to, but i'm a little affraid to drill into my new bass :)
  6. FiveStringsNme

    FiveStringsNme Guest

    Sep 27, 2002
    Suffolk County, NY
    I think the epi t-bird has a really nice rocking tone, and its got this really cool slap sound, but when I adjusted the tone knobs, I didn't see and difference in the tone... it's a pretty good bass, and if you like it, go get it.
  7. ThunderbirdIV

    ThunderbirdIV Guest

    Apr 14, 2003
    Despite how most people hate them, I have a Nikki Sixx blackbird and the sound is incredible from it. The body feels much nicer than the thunderbird. I love the thunderbirds too. I had an epiphone which i sold. The epiphone was great. The neck dive solution can be easily solved and they look excellent.

    Go for it - :bassist:

  8. ThunderbirdIV

    ThunderbirdIV Guest

    Apr 14, 2003
    And you can slap and pop the t-birds.

    you get some great sounds. The blackbird sound especially. Although unlike most/all blackbirds, my blackbird is modded and has volume and tone controls.

  9. ok, keep those positive reactions coming, i change the topic to: post pics of your T-Bird! (Gibson or epiphone, doesnt matter...) :)
  10. Gorgious

    Gorgious Guest

    Jun 13, 2003
    Hellow, it's SHock from shrimpcity ;)

    guitarshop strings&things (antwerp) has an epiphone thunderbird for 300 euro, just to let you know
  11. As an ex public school teacher, I've heard the T Bird used in a big band/along with a large choir and it sounded great! Very rich buttery bottom. It was an Epi and I was very surprised how cool it sounded in that context. i actually startes "jonesin'" for one.
  12. Phyrexian

    Phyrexian Guest

    Jun 29, 2002
    Mechelen, Belgium
    So Limba,

    did you get the Thunderbird by Epiphone? Liking it?
    I'm about to buy one 2nd hand for 399 (too expensive, not?) over here in Belgium as well...

  13. bought it, and sold it because i was used to play on an ibanez eda900 with a small neck and the t-bird's one is a bit larger. for the sound: it has a wonderfull warm sound! when you find one and you dont have small hands: buy that ****in' bastard!!! grtz
  14. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    I want one to.
    But I herd the T-bird only sounds good when a pick is used and I don't really like useing one.
  15. i used both pick and fingers and the sound is in both cases LOVELY!!! :)
  16. Subculture13

    Subculture13 Jamming Econo

    Apr 9, 2003
    Toronto, Ont. Canada
    Twiggy of Marilyn Manson used them. A ton of rock and punk people do. That is where they are best.

    T-birds are an interesting breed. People either really hate them or are OBSESSIVE for them. (That is me)

    If you are going the Epi T-bird route, try and get your hands on the Gothic model. It's the same bass as the sunburst, excpet for the finish and pickguard. I have the "real" version of it, the Gibson Blackbird, and as far as I am concerned it is one of the best rock basses in the world.
  17. byrdsfan

    byrdsfan Guest

    Feb 9, 2004
    I saw a guy using a Gibson Thunderbird bass with an oldies act (like from doo-wop to 70s, which seems to be growing format) and he was a monster with wonderful tone. Before that i thought Gibsons did Cream/Jack Bruce and that was it. Of course Epiphone is not Gibson but i like the brand and have a Epi Les Paul Jr. guitar that my friends rave about.
  18. Jack Bruce used an EB-0 back in the day...

    The bassist from The Darkness uses a Thunderbird, I believe.

    I haven't played a Thunderbird in at least a year, but it's always been one of my dream basses... gotta love that whole mystique.
  19. byrdsfan

    byrdsfan Guest

    Feb 9, 2004
    What i meant about Jack Bruce was i thought all Gibsons only have one sound. The T-Bird i saw proved me wrong.
  20. ThunderbirdIV

    ThunderbirdIV Guest

    Apr 14, 2003
    I've played around with Poullain, the bassist from the Darkness' Thunderbird, it's quite nice. I tihnk I have a picture of myself and him with it somewhere.