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

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Deal

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Deal

By Billy

from Atlanta

About Me Professional Musician

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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.

(12 of 13 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.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its a nice bass!

By Augdog

from Qtown PA

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric 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.

    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!

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow..nice feel and sound!

    By JSTJEAN51

    from Greenwood, DE

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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:

      WOW THE LOW END BOAST IS INCREDIBLE. IT GIVES THAT 60S-70S MUDBUCKER SOUND EASILY.ooops caps locks again...sorry... Love the looks and feel of the walnut bass. Balanced well and neck is full 24 frets.

      (10 of 10 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.

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        no joke

        By bandmaster

        from N.East North Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Amazing Tone Control
        • Exelent Tone Control
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Fretboard Feels Good

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

        Just got my deluxe IV, tone goes from dead flat to razor sharp. Frets good and weight is very comfy. Been playing p-bass and rick for years so this bass is no joke. Would recomend to any bass player. Neck is a little wider but will deal with.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        plays above it's price tag

        By Texas BassMan

        from Central TX

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        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.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One in a Milliom

        By BassCannon

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Packs A Punch
        • Solid Electronics
        • Solid Instrument
        • Wears Well

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues
          • Solo Bass Work

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

          I've played bass very avidly for about 4 years, so I'm no Victor Wooten, but I absolutely LOVE this bass! Through my playing I have played snappy Flea lines and Tower Of Power grooves, as well as some solo work on the side for fun. This bass does it all! My ONLY complaint is that the battery is not in a "pop open" compartment and requires a screwdriver. My point is that for the money, this bass is a SCREAMING deal! Its beautiful, the tone is sharp when you need it, round when you don't, and the full range fret-board is a dream

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Bass

          By RoyM

          from Millstone Twp, NJ

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

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          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.

          (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW

          By BurtRussell

          from Austin Texas

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Sounds Way Above Price
          • Thin fast neck

          Cons

          • Touch Of Hiss In Tone Nob

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

          I cannot believe this is not a $500+ bass.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          jiii

          By jiii

          from morrill ne.

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Some Pick Up Noise

          Best Uses

          • Anything

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

          Great bass! Well balanced, light, and very musical. The neck profile takes some getting used to but after that playing is easy. The only con is there is some to a lot of pick up noise with the bridge pick up all the way on and the tone all the way up, yet it is easy to adjust out and still have a good sound. over all it is one of the best basses I have ever played. Going to save up and buy the five string!

          (2 of 2 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.

            (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!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great active bass

              By bradley

              from fort wayne indiana

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording

                Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

                I bought one, because I needed something cheap with active pickups for studio use. I could not have been more ecstatic when I plugged it in and heard the tone for the first time. This bass has a huge range of tone, and the bass boost nob packs a giant punch when running direct. I have only ran it through an amp a few times, and was still impressed with the tone. I highly recommend this bass for any studio. Also, has a nice feel to it. Not too heavy, and a smaller fretboard for my guitar hands. For the price, this is a perfect instrument.

                (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.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Prepare ti ship the bass back to MF

                By D. Hughes

                from Pennington, NJ

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Very pleased with MF and my new toby

                  By Just_me

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

                      Bought a transparent amber "open box".
                      Was supposed to have some light scratches on it
                      Can't for the life of me find any scratches or imperfections on it. although the original box was in pretty tough shape.
                      The pickups and controls will produce a wide range of tones, from crystal clear to a raspy growl.
                      The neck is straight and flat, and the action low, right out of the box.
                      Notice just a bit of the assymetrical neck feature.
                      Doesn't "buzz" anywhere.
                      All in all I'm glad I bought the toby instead of my other pick, after having tossed that decision back and forth for several days.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great bass for a great price

                      By Snyder-Man

                      from Gillett, AR

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-IV Electric Bass:

                        I got this bass for home recording. Another workhorse bass to go with my Ibanez GSR200 but would offer diffrent tones. Man, this bass rocks! More than I was expecting! Light but still solid, and the finish is beautiful. I love how well it plays.

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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