Editor’s note: A reader pointed out to us a statement posted by Michael Tobias regarding this bass. We’ve added that statement to the end of this article.
Epiphone has unveiled the Toby Deluxe-V, a 5-string version of the bass originally designed by Michael Tobias. The new instrument shares many of the same features of the last year’s reintroduced Toby Deluxe IV, including an asymmetrical neck profile, Tobias SCR and SCT split humbucker pickups, and the Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement control.
The Toby Deluxe-V sports a radiata body, hard rock maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard. Toby basses introduced the asymmetrical neck profile, which means the neck is thinnter on the lower side than on the upper side. Epiphone explains that though it feels thinner to the touch, it still retains enough thickness to keep the neck strong and stable.
Controls on the bass include Master Volume, Pickup Blend, Master EQ, and the Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control, which both boosts and cuts bass and treble frequencies simultaneously to add bottom end without becoming boomy.
Available in Ebony, Translucent Red, and Vintage Sunburst finishes, the Epiphone Toby Deluxe-V is shipping soon with a street price of around $299.99.
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Epiphone Toby Deluxe-V Bass Specs:
|Neck Shape:||Tobias Asymmetrical Neck Profile|
|Neck Joint:||Bolt-On, Extended with Recessed Bolts/Washers|
|Neck Pickup:||Tobias SCR Split-Humbucker|
|Bridge Pickup:||Tobias SCT Split Humbucker|
|Controls:||Neck Volume, Pickup Blend w/Center Detent, Master EQ, Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement Control w/9-Volt Battery and Back Cavity Cover|
|Bridge:||Flush-Mount, Low-Profile, Fully Adjustable|
|Machine Heads:||Deluxe Diecast Tuners, 17:1 ratio|
|Truss Rod:||Metal, Fully Adjustable|
|Truss Rod Cover:||ABS - Black at Body End|
|Warranty:||Epiphone Limited Lifetime|
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Update: Michael Tobias made this statement following the news of this instrument’s release:
An important message from Michael Tobias of MTD Bass:
While the Toby instruments being marketed by Epiphone/Gibson today are likely based on the “Killer B” that I did design while at Tobias (Gibson) in the early 90’s, they no longer bear my fingerprints. I have had nothing to do with the choice of component selection, quality standards, or manufacturing tolerances.
There are certainly no “classic Tobias Design” pick ups (the original Tobias round top pick up shells were suggested by me but the coil forms and winding/voicing was by Bill Bartolini. The pick ups on the Toby bass appear to be “Fender” style J bass shells).
I have had no relationship and no collaboration with Gibson or Epiphone since the end of my agreement with them at the end of 1993.