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Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass Vintage Sunburst

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Epiphone is proud to introduce what will surely become a player's classic, the new five-string Toby Deluxe-V. The original "Toby" brought real innova...Click To Read More About This Product

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An innovative 5-string for the modern bassist.

Epiphone is proud to introduce what will surely become a player's classic, the new five-string Toby Deluxe-V. The original "Toby" brought real innovation to modern bass players who were hungry for an instrument that could accommodate new styles and sounds. And now, the Epiphone design team has put the Toby bass back on the cutting edge where it belongs with the Toby Deluxe-V.

The original Toby Bass featured the classic ergonomic body shape that bassists find so easy to play. Toby basses have a focused, "finished" sound that combines the punch of an upright bass with all the clear detail of an electric. And now for even greater sonic variety, the Toby Deluxe-V adds a 5th string tuned to low B. The combination of a low B and the Toby Deluxe's Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control gives bassists the chance to break through into new dimensions on stage and in the studio at a price that any player can afford.

The Toby Deluxe-V features a solid radiata body and a flush-mount low profile fully adjustable bridge. Like all Toby basses, the Toby Deluxe-V includes a hard maple neck with a Tobias Asymmetrical Neck profile, which is a bolt-on design with recessed bolts and washers for easy adjustments. The unique Toby headstock features the iconic Toby logo and Deluxe Diecast machine heads with a 14:1 ratio. Toby basses were among the first to feature an asymmetrical neck, a design in which the neck is thinner on the lower side than on the upper side. The asymmetric shape feels less bulky than standard bass necks for maximum hand comfort even when playing with 5 strings. Adjustments to the truss rod are made at the body end. While these satin finished necks might "feel" thinner, there is still sufficient thickness on the upper side to provide for excellent strength, stability and -- best of all -- deep, rich tone. Your thumb will find easy reference as your hand glides up and down the fretboard. The neck has a 34" scale length for enhanced clarity, a rosewood fingerboard with a 12" fingerboard radius and a black 1.90" nut.

The Toby Deluxe-V features classic Tobias-designed pickups with a Tobias SCR Split Humbucker in the neck position and a Tobias SCT Split Humbucker at the bridge. Controls are black, all metal knurled knobs and include Master Volume, Pickup Blend with center Detent, and Master EQ. In addition, an Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control enables you the option of creative blends and is a powerful ally on stage when you need to make fine adjustments to cut through dense mixes. The Active Tonexpressor provides both boost and cut to selected bass frequencies and high frequencies. This allows a thundering bottom end while still maintaining clarity without becoming boomy. By boosting selected high frequencies in addition to the low frequencies, bass tone stays focused for a more punchy tone with enhanced bottom-end response.The Active Tonexpressor uses an easy-to-change 9-volt battery.

Epiphone is known for making the best hardware in the business and that of course extends to the Toby Deluxe-V which includes a ¼" round barrel style output jack, Deluxe Diecast tuners with a 17:1 ratio to ensure tuning stability, and a fully adjustable flush-mounted, low-profile all metal bridge.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
Radiata body
Hard maple neck
Tobias asymmetrical neck profile
Bolt-on neck joint, extended with recessed bolts/washers
Rosewood fingerboard
Tobias SCR split-humbucker neck pickup
Tobias SCT split humbucker bridge pickup
Neck Volume, Pickup Blend w/Center Detent, Master EQ, Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement controls with 9-Volt battery and back cavity cover
Knurled, all-metal knobs
Flush-mount, low-profile, fully adjustable bridge
Deluxe diecast tuners, 17:1 ratio
Metal, fully adjustable truss rod
ABS truss rod cover - black at body end
Includes gig bag

Four strings will never be enough again. Order now!

SPECIFICATIONS
Scale Length: 34"
Fingerboard Radius: 12"
Nut Width: 1.90"
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TobiasToby Deluxe-V Bass
 
2.6

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

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(19 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

After two returns I gave up on this one

By techsong

from Chicago,Il

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

After two returns I gave up on this bass and bought a different brand. First one had a cracked neck and it appeared to be from the factory. Second one had a dead "A" string. Not sure if it was the string or electronics but that was the end for me for this bass. Too bad as it was a nice looking one and had a good tone. (on the strings that worked)

(8 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Headstock damaged

By Phlip

from Denver

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

I bought two Tobias basses, a 4 string and a 5 string. They were shipped in the same box and both had headstock damage so I returned them. Ask me what I think when I get the replacements.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Dead A On Pickup - Dead Beat Bass

By Jimmi Jam

from Denver, Co

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

    Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

    After playing this bass, I have discovered that the pickups are very, very noisey. On top of that the pickups didn't work at the A string area (Dead sound). It is a shame, because this bass has a cool body and a sweet feeling neck.

    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Bought and Returned from GC

    By MrEd203

    from Huntsville, AL

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

    Returned for a refund. It's a shame Gibson make a bass that looks like a Tobias but is really poorly made wannabe. I have a custom Toby 6 from 2002 that I upgraded wit Bart... electronics; No comparison or similarity. Dragging the once GREAT name down to zero.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    If I lost this bass, I would buy another.

    By Daniel

    from Prince Frederick, MD

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

      I use this bass mainly for practicing around my apartment. The tone shaping controls are nice by themselves. The tone expression circuitry adds a richer sound to this bass.

      (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Broken headstock

      By nmayes213

      from Poseyville, IN

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      Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

      Arrived with broken headstock. Not sure if I am going to try another or not.

       
      5.0

      Great bass and not only great for the money.

      By Chiang Kai Shek

      from Lakeland, Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

        I'm a guitarist and however played bass only occasionally, I tried many brands and types in 40 years. This one works better then any of the others it's my pick. When tried the Toby first time I was sold and couldn't wait to own one. Other than a setup nothing was wrong and after some adjustments I don't have any complaint. A pleasure to play it, great sound, good feel, good controls light and great looking bass. Sounds always the way I want it, powerful, righteous and expressive. I'll upgrade it soon with a Hipshot bridge and Rotosound flat wound strings that will set me back somehow but makes it a real pro tool, working like models cost four times more. Use for practicing only now but after the upgrade will not hesitate to throw it in any gig. Really don't need to look around for another bass, I'm a happy and confident user of a Toby.

         
        5.0

        Yes Amazing Bass How Sweet The Sound.

        By Servant

        from Struggleville USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass:

          Amazing Tobias Bass 5 string . 1st one for me impressed w/the 4 string regular I thought I try the 5 string Deluxe Active Electronics. Great Bass at a amazing price.

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