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Epiphone Announces New Tobias Toby Models

Epiphone has reintroduced the Tobias Toby, now in a Standard IV and Deluxe IV models. The entry level instruments are built around master luthier Michael Tobias’ original designs from 20 years ago.

Epiphone Tobias Toby Standard IV

Both basses feature bolt-on construction with a basswood body and hard maple neck. The neck is shaped using Tobias’ Asymmetrical Neck Profile, which makes it thinner on the lower side than the upper side, resulting in a thin feeling neck while retaining strength. Each bass also has a rosewood fingerboard, die-cast tuners and fully-adjustable bridges.

Epiphone Tobias Toby Deluxe IV

The Deluxe version steps things in the electronics department, utilizing a Tobias SCR and SCT single coil pickups instead of the company’s TRB and TRT. It also includes an active circuit called the Tonexpressor for bass enhancement.

The Tobias Toby Standard IV and Deluxe IV are expected to ship in early December, priced around $199 and $249 respectively.

Toby Standard IV Specs:

  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Hard Maple
  • Neck Shape: Tobias Asymmetrical Neck Profile
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on; extended with recessed bolts/washers
  • Scale Length: 34 inches
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12 inches
  • Nut Width: 1.61 inches
  • Hardware: Black
  • Machine Heads: Deluxe die-cast; 14:1 ratio
  • Neck Pickup: Tobias TRB single-coil
  • Bridge Pickup: Tobias TBT single-coil
  • Controls:
  • 1-Neck volume
  • 1-Pickup blend with center detent
  • 1-Bridge EQ
  • 1-Neck EQ
  • Knobs: Knurled; all metal
  • Bridge: Flush-mount; low-profile; Fully adjustable
  • Truss Rod: Metal; Adjustable at body end
  • Truss Rod Cover: ABS – Black at body end

Toby Deluxe Specs:

  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Hard Maple
  • Neck Shape: Tobias Asymmetrical neck profile
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on; extended with recessed bolts/washers
  • Scale Length: 34 inch
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12 inch
  • Nut Width: 1.61 inch
  • Hardware: Black
  • Machine Heads: Deluxe die-cast; 14:1 ratio
  • Neck Pickup: Tobias SCR single coil
  • Bridge Pickup: Tobias SCT single coil
  • Controls:
  • 1 Neck volume
  • 1 Pickup blend with center detent
  • 1 Master EQ
  • 1 Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control
  • Power: 9V battery; inside cavity cover
  • Knobs: Knurled; all metal
  • Bridge: Flush-mount; low-profile; fully adjustable
  • Truss Rod: Metal; adjustable at body end
  • Truss Rod Cover: ABS – black at body end

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Adam

Adam

I have both, Standard and Deluxe bought from Long & McQuade Store in Calgary.

These are good for the price wise. I like the Deluxe version anyhow. but I still like the Standard as well.

I agreed with Steve Glazer here, I replaced the bridges on both Basses. Not only that I replace the nuts as well to bones instead of those plastic. Upgraded PUs on the Deluxe.

Once I have a bit of extra money, I would really like to replace the PUs on the Standard.

I just finished converting the Standard one to a Fretless one. It sounds very nice though.

My point is that both are good Basses for beginners or players .. nothing is wrong with the price. As long as you have time replacing PUs or/and its bridge, they are good.

Oh.. for your information, I have Gibson both Explorer and Thunderbird basses too, So I have compared them wisely using Genz Benz GBE 400 Bass Amp.

… And .. no .. I am not a good player .. far from being perfect. I am still learning basses for the last 20 years.