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Epiphone is proud to reintroduce the classic bass that players have been waiting for, the Toby Deluxe IV. With its roots in the original designs intr...Read More

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A classic design made for the working musician with great features and awesome looks.

Epiphone is proud to reintroduce the classic bass that players have been waiting for, the Toby Deluxe IV. With its roots in the original designs introduced over 10 years ago, the "Toby" brought real innovation to modern bass players. And now, Epiphone and Tobias team up to bring back this classic design, once again putting cutting edge sounds and designs in the hands of all musicians.

The Toby Deluxe IV features the classic ergonomic body shape that bassists find so easy to play, providing a focused, ˜finished' sound that has all the punch of an upright bass with all the clear detail of an electric. And now, the Toby Deluxe IV comes with an Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control for making creative blends and fine adjustments to cut through dense mixes.

FEATURES
  • Radiata body
  • Hard maple neck
  • Bolt-on neck, extended with recessed bolts/washers
  • Premium die-cast machine heads 17:1 ratio
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Tobias TBT Split-Humbucker pickups
  • Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control
  • Knurled all metal knobs
  • 1-Master volume, 1-Pickup blend with center detent, Master Tone
  • Flush-mount, low-profile, fully adjustable bridge
  • Metal, fully adjustable truss rod
  • ABS black truss rod cover at body end

Check out the bold and innovative Toby today.

SPECIFICATIONS

Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass

  • Scale Length 34"
    Fingerboard Radius 12"
    Nut width 1.68"
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TobiasToby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Its a nice bass!

I wasn't expecting much out of this bass due to the price. I had a couple Tobias Growlers and really liked them so I figured it was worth a shot.

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I wasn't expecting much out of this bass due to the price. I had a couple Tobias Growlers and really liked them so I figured it was worth a shot.

The bass looks really nice. It looks sharp. I changed the strings as soon as I got it. It plays really nicely. The neck is a little thicker at the nut than a jazz bass but its easy to adjust to. The string spacing is little wider than most basses which I love. It takes a little getting used to but once you do its really nice to have that space between strings. Some listings say it has an asymetric neck, but its not noticable if it does. Its not like the growlers were.

Its sounds good too. Has a modern sound in my opinion. The extra bass knob is okay. Since its a Tobias, I wanted to put a Bartolini preamp in it. I did and it sounds amazing. The pickups are a good match for the Bart preamp. It cuts through and sounds full and punchy. Lots of lows. I'll be using it more often than I thought.

In summary... nice playing bass, with a different preamp, sounds amazing. Sounds pretty good stock. You won't regret this bass. Especially for the price!

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Prepare ti ship the bass back to MF

This is a mixed rating-the bass itself, except for the humming, I would rate a 5. Because it hums, I rate it a 2-and no matter what you do, it hums. ...Read complete review

This is a mixed rating-the bass itself, except for the humming, I would rate a 5. Because it hums, I rate it a 2-and no matter what you do, it hums. Three bass amps, three different cords, same hum-and you can't equalize it out. My guess is that that is just true of some units, because of all the deservedly good reviews. If my bass didn't hum, I'd love it. So here is WARNING: do not change the mediocre strings you get with the bass before you check it out and DO keep all the packing materials-you may have to send it back because it hums and MF may not be as super-helpful as their customer service usually is.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice bass guitar

By glens2422

from Houston, Tx

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

I'm a beginner, still learning but this is my second bass. My other is the Ibanez 200 and I enjoyed it also. Some of the differences to me are the variety of sound this bass produces. The control knobs are great for creating the sound you want. It has nice action and the neck seems comfortable to play. I have the walnut finish and it looks great and is very light weight.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Prepare ti ship the bass back to MF

By D. Hughes

from Pennington, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

    This is a mixed rating-the bass itself, except for the humming, I would rate a 5. Because it hums, I rate it a 2-and no matter what you do, it hums. Three bass amps, three different cords, same hum-and you can't equalize it out. My guess is that that is just true of some units, because of all the deservedly good reviews. If my bass didn't hum, I'd love it. So here is WARNING: do not change the mediocre strings you get with the bass before you check it out and DO keep all the packing materials-you may have to send it back because it hums and MF may not be as super-helpful as their customer service usually is.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    i would highly recommend to all!

    By E-man

    from Indiana

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

      It's really solid made. Beautiful finish on it. Sounded good, just out of box.

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      4.0

      Nice bass

      By Jules

      from Whitman, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

        It's a great bass for the price

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Bass

        By RoyM

        from Millstone Twp NJ

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        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great for Slap Bass
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Light Weight

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

        The reviews were correct, this bass is great for the price and will not disappoint. Great sound and I bought especially as my funk slap bass. But I love playing it even in finger style. The reviews did say light weight and they were correct. The Walnut color looks amazing and everyone who saw it admired the color and tone of the wood. Truly beautiful looking.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Totally recommend this bass

        By Mike

        from Arlington, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

          I'm mostly an acoustic guitar guy but wanted to improve my bass skills. I've had a Fender Squier standard bass for about 5 years but was ready to upgrade. This bass was ready to play out of the box. No fret buzz, great tones, good volume from the pickups. Really great bass for the price!

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          plays above it's price tag

          By Texas BassMan

          from Central TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • None Except Small Ones
          • That Amount To

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Playing Bass Duh
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

          I bought my Toby Deluxe IV, at first disappointed I couldn't afford a more expensive bass. My attitude QUICKLY changed. For the price, this bass is hard to beat. It's not as fancy or refined as more expensive basses but it doesn't try to be. What it tries to be is a high-quality, low cost bass. It sounds, plays, and feels well above it's meager price tag. Great bass for a budget-minded pro (I've been playing 27 years) or an OUTSTANDING beginner bass.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Deal

          By Billy

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Slightly Wide String Spac

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

          Got a blemished Trans yellow one of these for a break due to a nick in the headstock. The pickups on this thing sound fantastic. I'm a studio musician and live performer, and I'm really glad to have this in my arsenal.

          The neck-side pickup by itself sounds just like a P-bass, and with both on you get a nice bright jazz-bass sound (almost like Geddy Lee) if you want it that bright. Turning the tone knob down mellows it out. You can accomplish a whole lot with this bass. Mine's got a little more orange to it than the yellow one pictured, which I really like. It's a great color.

          I'm not crazy about the (slightly) wide string spacing, but you can buy a new bridge for pretty cheap and I may well do that one of these days. That and a hipshot D-tuner for the low E string. But I'm using it now and am really happy. If you're new to bass or have fairly large hands you may not care about the string spacing.

          For reference, I also own two Guild basses, an ESP, a Peavey, an old Charvel and an acoustic, fretless bass guitar. This bass is as good as any of them.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bass for the money.

          By alan_307

          from Wyoming

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Sweet As Hell

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

            I actually used the talk to a Gearhead feature on the site and asked him "What's a bass under $xxx that doesn't suck so my wife can play it on Rocksmith?".

            I've owned more expensive basses in the past but wanted a good bargain to try and get my wife to play. This thing delivers. It is a fantastic value, feels very well made for the price. I was worried that it would sound a little thin but let me assure you that's not the case. I'm very impressed.

            The Gearhead nailed it on this one, don't be afraid to shoot them a message. I'm glad I did.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'm sold!

            By Bassenstein

            from Flora, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Are there any

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

            I've been a solid "one brand" guy for 19 years and was a bit skeptical when I bought this one, especially for the low price. Totally unwarranted! I've had it for a month and haven't been able to put it down.

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