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Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass Blemished - Like New
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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 ΒΌ" 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.

Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass 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

Tobias Toby Deluxe-V Bass Specifications:

  • Scale Length: 34"
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Nut Width: 1.90"

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  • Waste of Money

    As reviewed by Michael Montgomery on 8/19/2013

    I wanted an inexpensive 5-string just for practice. So I decided to give this bass a try. Feels like a Tobias, but it definitely doesn't sound like one. Output on the A-string was lower than the others on both I tried. A definite dud, even at $299.

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  • Toby Deluxe V bass

    As reviewed by Gary on 12/24/2014

    When I picked up this bass in the store, I noticed right away how the neck and frets were actually finished! Most basses and guitars in this price range are "finger slicers" because of the lack of finishing of the frets... all notes were clear without buzz - +1. Next, I thought, "this bass actually feels good on my knee... the scale is right, the weight is nice, feels balanced - +1. Then, I plugged it in... what a lousy preamp... or maybe it's the pickups... it had a midrange honk that was not easily eq'd out - actually, it was never eq'd out! Nice response, but lousy tone - -2... so I'm back at 0 rating. The way it felt in my hands made me reconsider, knowing that with a few dollars spent, I could improve this bass with a Bartolini preamp. And I was right! This bass is one freakin great sounding and playing bass,now that the mods have been completed. For the price I paid for this bass, and an extra few bucks on a good preamp, I have a killer axe that cost under $500.

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  • Thank goodness for the 30 day trial period!

    As reviewed by David Walden on 11/25/2013

    Despite the bad reviews on the web I wanted to try the Toby Deluxe-V. Heck, a copy of a Tobias for $300? Worth a shot. My local store didn't have one in stock, so I had to buy it before I could try it. Once I got it home I was impressed with the feel, fit and finish. Unfortunately I was unable to set the intonation on the B-string correctly since there was not enough travel for the string saddle. That was it; I didn't bother trying to set the other strings. I've heard that that issue has been reported by other purchasers of this base as well. Also, I'm leery of an instrument that relies on active electronics (Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement) to sound as good as a P-Bass. As much as I wanted it to, it just didn't ring my bells. I took it back and used the refund to buy a used MIM J-bass. I love my Guitar Center store!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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