Thunderbird

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Epiphone Thunderbird PRO Headstock
Epiphone Thunderbird PRO Headstock

Gibson Thunderbird

The Gibson Thunderbird was introduced in 1963 and was designed by U.S. auto designer Raymond H. Dietrich along with the Gibson Firebird guitar, which it resembles in design, construction, and name.

In 1966, Gibson changed the Thunderbird's design and construction. The original Thunderbirds and Firebirds had a "reverse" body, with the treble horn extended and the bass horn recessed. Due to a lawsuit brought by Fender because of the resemblance to the Fender Jazzmaster, the body styles were modified, with the result being called the "non-reverse" body


Epiphone Thunderbird

The Epiphone Thunderbird IV & V is a budget alternative to the Gibson models and has a maple bolt-on construction onto an alder body. The Epiphone Thunderbird Pro IV & V are closer to their Gibson counterparts with a neck-thru body design and upgraded woods, hardware and electronics.


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Models


Thunderbird-IV

Epiphone Thunderbird-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Vintage Sunburst
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Vintage Sunburst
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Arctic White Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Metallic Red
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Arctic White
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV Metallic Red
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird-IV
  • 1999-Current

Body:

  • Alder body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 34" scale
  • 1.73" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 TB-Plus humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 3-point bridge
  • Black speed knobs
  • White pickguard with Thunderbird logo
  • Diecast tuners

Colors:



Thunderbird Pro-IV & V

Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V
Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-V
  • 2009-2013

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • 7-piece walnut/maple neck
  • Neck through-body construction
  • Rosewood fingerboard with SlimTaper Bass profile
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 34" scale
  • 1.50" nut width (4-string)
  • 1.93" nut width (5-string)

Electronics:

  • 2 Epiphone T-PRO Bass Humbucker pickups
  • Master Volume, Blend, High-EQ, Low-EQ controls
  • Custom active electronics and EQ

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • Premium Die-Cast Bass tuners
  • Flush-mount, fully adjustable bridge
  • Black barrel knobs

Colors:

  • Natural Oil (NO)
  • Trans Black (TB)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



Thunderbird-IV Classic PRO

Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic PRO
Epiphone Thunderbird Pro-IV
Epiphone Thunderbird Classic PRO
  • 2013

Body:

  • Mahogany Body wings
  • Neck through-body construction

Neck:

  • 7-piece Mahogany/Walnut laminated Neck
  • 1960's rounded Bass profile neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid Dot inlays
  • 20 Medium-Jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 34" scale length
  • 1.50" nut width

Electronics:

  • Gibson TB Plus humbuckers with ceramic magnets
  • 2 Vol. 1 Master Tone 1 Neck Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • Adjustable 3-point bridge
  • Die-cast Bass tuners
  • Black TopHat knobs with chrome metal inserts

Colors

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Alpine White (AW)



Nikki Sixx Blackbird

Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird
Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird
Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird
Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird
Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird
Epiphone Nikki Sixx Blackbird
  • Designed with Nikki Sixx

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on hard maple neck with slim taper profile
  • Rosewood fretboard with Iron Cross inlays
  • Single-ply Thunderbird truss rod cover with "Epiphone Blackbird" inscription
  • 20 frets
  • 34" scale
  • 1.50" nut width

Electronics:

  • DeepSixx humbucking pickups
  • No Volume or Tone controls
  • On/Off pickup toggle

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • Iron Cross design on pickguard
  • 3-point bridge with Opti-Grab
  • 17:1 ratio diecast tuners

Colors:

  • Pitch Black (PB)

See Also: Bass Signature Models



Goth Thunderbird IV

Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV
Epiphone Thunderbird IV
Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV
Epiphone Thunderbird IV
  • 2004-Current

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Maple neck with SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with an "XII" inlay at the 12th fret
  • 20 medium-jumbo frets
  • 12" fingerboard radius
  • 34" scale
  • 1.73" nut width

Electronics:

  • 2 TB-Plus humbuckers
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • Satin black pickguard with "Gothic Cross" design
  • Black speed knobs
  • 17:1 ratio diecast tuners

Colors:

  • Pitch Black (PB) satin

See also: Goth Series Basses, Goth Series Guitars



Elitist Thunderbird

Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
  • 2002-2005

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Book-matched African Mahogany top

Neck:

  • 1-piece, set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Thunderbird headstock
  • Bone nut
  • 34" scale
  • 1.50" nut width

Elcetronics:

  • USA ETBR & ETBT humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 4-way rotary selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Open-back Gotoh tuners
  • White pickguard with Thunderbird logo engraving
  • 3-point bridge
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

See Also: Elitist Basses, Elitist Solid Body Guitars



Elitist 1960's Thunderbird (Japan)

Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist 1960's Thunderbird (Japan)
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
Epiphone Elitist Thunderbird
  • Japan Domestic Market only
  • 2002-2005

Body:

  • Mahogany body
  • Book-matched African Mahogany top

Neck:

  • 1-piece, set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Thunderbird headstock
  • Bone nut
  • 34" scale
  • 1.50" nut width

Electronics:

  • USA Classic Humbucker pickups
  • 2 Vol. 1 Tone controls
  • 4-way rotary selector switch

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Open-back Gotoh tuners
  • White pickguard with Thunderbird logo engraving
  • 3-point bridge
  • Black reflector knobs

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

See Also: Elitist Basses, Epiphone Japan



TB-90 (Japan)

Epiphone TB-90
Epiphone TB-90

Body:

  • Mahogany body

Neck:

  • Set Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with "dot" inlays
  • 34" scale

Electronics:

  • 2 TB humbuckers
  • 2 Volume, 1 Master Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-point bridge
  • Diecast tuners

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Ebony (EB)
  • Alpine White (AW)

Model, Info & Pics Contributed by GammyBird at MLP [1]



Non-Reverse Thunderbird 4 & 5

Epiphone Non-Reverse Thunderbird
Epiphone Non-Reverse Thunderbird-4
Epiphone Non-Reverse Thunderbird-5
Epiphone Non-Reverse Thunderbird-5
  • 1995-1998

Body:

  • Alder body
  • Upside-down Thunderbird body style

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Hard Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboad with dot inlays
  • 34" scale
  • 1.65" nut width (4-string)
  • 1.76 nut width (5-string)

Electronics:

  • 1 Precision-style split pickup / 1 Jazz pickup
  • 2-Vol. 1 Tone controls

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Upside-down pickguard with Thunderbird logo
  • Standard bass-style 4-screw bridge

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Seafoam Green (SG)
  • Frost Blue (FB)
  • Red (RE)
  • White (WH)



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