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Epiphone Thunderbird E1 Bass - Vintage Sunburst

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Thunderbird E1 Bass - Vintage Sunburst
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No other bass looks like it or plays like it. The beloved Thunderbird bass from Epiphone features the reverse body styling, carved top and dual bass TB Humbucking pickups complimented with black hardware and the Thunderbird insignia on the pickguard.

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Question: Where are the specs for this? Scale? Fret-board material? etc....
- asked on Dec 3, 2023
Answer: Classic design.

Alder body (Mahogany on Silverburst finish)

34" scale.

Maple neck.

Rosewood fingerboard.

20 frets.

2 TB-Plus humbuckers.

2 volume and 1 tone.

- answered by David Callender, Toronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
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EPIPHONE Thunderbird 1 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Calgary Royal Vista, Alberta
Best Bass I've ever owned. THANKS LONG AND MCQUADE.
Posted by Dean on Dec 6, 2023
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Great value 5 of 6 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Sudbury, Ontario
Bought this as a backup when I was having issues with my SR500. Silky bottom end and usable highs. Decent hardware and stays in tune. Heavy beast so strap locks are a must. Surprisingly well balanced with no neck dive. Absolutely recommend you try one out.
Posted by Richard on Sep 8, 2022
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Good value and great sound 2 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Cobourg, Ontario
Run through a small Fender Rumble 40 this guitar has pretty highs and rumbly lows with little fret rasp,, till you want it. Guitar came surprisingly well set up for string height and tuneing. The cosmetics have unfortunately changed thou. High gloss body/ neck makes it "sticky-ish" and headstock now unbeveled and look like they just gave up trying.
Posted by Rick A on Jul 15, 2022
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Great bass 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Peterborough, Ontario
This bass plays, and sounds fantastic. Looks great, too. Only weak points are that the nut needs some work, a bit high, but L&M can fix that with your free set up. Also, the jack is low quality, partly plastic for some reason. Feels too tight, like I might rip it out taking the cable out, but is also a cheap fix. I traded in a Squier CV P bass for this, and the quality is night and day. Best bass for the money, in my opinion. Can't go wrong.
Posted by Will on Jan 25, 2022
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Perfect bass 0 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Edmonton Highlands, Alberta
Posted by josh on May 15, 2021
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Reverse Thunderbird IV 1 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Laval, Quebec
Vraiment un beau et excellent produit sans trop déculotter son budget !
Posted by Denis Sauvé on Nov 17, 2020
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Good bass 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Toronto (Bloor St.), Ontario
it's nice for its price and its lighter than my old bass so that cool
Posted by niko on Dec 7, 2019
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Affordable, Versatile, Thunderous 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   London North, Ontario
This bass puts out great tones, very varied sounds depending on your technique and position. Great sustain. The adjustable bridge makes it easy to tweak your action (low action rasp is amazing) and makes replacing strings a breeze. This bass takes well to dirty and clean tones. One of the best buys I've made in years.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2019
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Great 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Montréal, Quebec
Ok... I'm not a bass player, but I bought this to track the bass for my band and when I do, it sounds great. It has a lot of versatility and just feels great too.
Posted by Tukai on Nov 30, 2016
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N/A 0 of 6 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Abbotsford, British Columbia
Posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2015
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LOVE IT!! 3 of 6 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Pickering, Ontario
just got this bass and i LOVE it.
Posted by swag master on Nov 29, 2014
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BEST BASS EVER! 5 of 7 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Pickering, Ontario
This was my first bass and i have had it for about 6 years now. It has never let me down. Plus its a great price!
Posted by Simon on Nov 2, 2014
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Great Bass for All Styles 11 of 12 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Edmonton North, Alberta
If you turn up everything on board, it has a naturally fairly bright tone, making it good for most styles of rock bass playing. When you turn down the tone and bridge volume though, that's when you realize the versatility of this instrument. It can go from very bright funky slap bass, to warm thick concert bass without any problems. I own a fair amount of basses, and was just looking for a cheap one to add to my collection, but the sound off of this, as well as the very dynamic tone range rivals and surpasses some of my basses worth $200-300 more than this. I went in with about no expectations, and Epiphone has blown me away. Can't wait to try to get my hands on the full Gibson version of this. Overall: great tone range, amazing value, this guitar should be selling for a lot more than $350.
Posted by Max on Aug 17, 2014
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N/A 1 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Waterloo, Ontario
Posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2014
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Best for the Money 2 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Calgary Royal Vista, Alberta
I play guitar and piano for several years now. I started to get interested in trying to get a Bass and learn it, I found this Thunderbird. I have Gibson Firebird VII and Epiphone Firebird Studio electric Guitars, so the Thunderbird shape is my favorite. Beside that, it has a thunderous sound, tuning is stable. I am happy to have this Bass. No regret.
Posted by Adam on May 9, 2014
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Perfectly Amazing 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   North York (Steeles), Ontario
Bought this lovely bass last year, thought I'd review it after having played it for a while. This is my first bass guitar but I did my research and like 95% of reviews and videos said that this bass was the best you can get for your money, I totally agree. I'm 5'm and a girl, at first I found it to be too heavy but I got use to it after a while. Make sure you pair it up with a great amp to get the most out of it I can tell if I had a better amp it would sound alot better. It's great for live performances, really stands out.
Posted by Amanda on Jan 28, 2014
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Thunderbird 1 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Nanaimo, British Columbia
It's a great bass with very unique tone. The strings hardly buzz at all which is rare in a bass and it holds it's tuning even in very low tunings. But it it is very top heavy which requires extra effort to play standing up and for some reason it is very difficult to slap on it. But besides that, it's a great bass.
Posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012
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THIS THING ROCKS! 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
I have my Thunderbird for about a year now and it flat out rocks! I play stuff from classic rock like Tom Petty to harder stuff like SOAD, Metallica, etc. The Thunderbird handles it all well, providing a bright, crisp thunderous tone. This beast has become my main bass and I prefer it to other, more expensive basses I have owned in the past. This thing is a great bang for your buck and I am giving thought to buying a second one. A word to the wise though, when you get one, move the top strap button to behind the neck like a full on Gibson Thunderbird and it won't dive as bad on you.
Posted by Tom on Apr 1, 2012
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WORLDS GREATEST BASS 2 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   North Vancouver, British Columbia
ive had this bass for about 3 months i have 3 basses and this is my favorite its the best bass ive ever played and ive played lots off basses its got an amazing sounds its got a sexy shape its east to tune its got nice tones and its a cheap pirce for an amazing bass the other basses i own are more expensive and so far this is the best sounding i highly recomend it
Posted by anonymous on May 24, 2011
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Epiphone Thunderbird IV 4 of 4 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Langley, British Columbia
It's fantastic! Just got it yesterday for a great price. I recommend it for beginner bass players like me!
Posted by Jeremy on Jul 24, 2010
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It's Good 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Windsor, Ontario
I just bought this about half a year ago, (I've been playing now for over 4 years) and I must say, this bass delivers everything any bassist needs when it comes to quality and value. The pickups work wonders, and I haven't had any problems with it so far. Great bass, I would suggest any bassist wanting to get serious with the instrument buy this as a starting bass. Treat it with care and you will have a very good bass for a long time to come.
Posted by Revan O'Nasi on Mar 14, 2010
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