Epiphone Toby Deluxe IV 4-String Bass Guitar
Gibson acquired the Tobias brand which I think was to get their hands on these sleek, ergonomic and boutique quality bass designs. Being one of Gibson's sub-brands, Epiphone was a willing beneficiary, releasing affordable production line versions of the original Tobias bass design.
The Toby Deluxe IV resulted from this joint venture, carrying over the same asymmetrical neck and body shape that make it look more expensive that it actually is, and comfortable to play.
It's not just eye candy because this affordable bass comes with active electronics, and features Tobias' designed split-humbucker pickups. These pickups provide more punch and low-end than your typical bass pickup, while the added bass enhancement knob allows for even more low frequency emphasis.
- Body: Radiata (Pine)
- Neck: Maple (Bolt-On)
- Neck Profile: Tobias Asymmetrical
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 34"
- Nut Width: 1.68"
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 24
- Middle Pickup: TBR Split-Humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: TBT Split-Humbucker
- Controls: Master volume, Pickup blend, Master Tone, Active Tonexpressor Bass Enhancement
- Requires 9V Battery
- Bridge: Flush-mount low profile
- Tuners: Black Die-cast Nickel
- Weight: 7 lbs.
For its dimensions, this standard scale length bass surprised many with its incredibly light weight. Common to most of the reviews is the positive sentiment towards its overall appeal and tone, some even admitted to buying the bass solely on looks, and were thankful that the sound and playability did not disappoint.
There are some who were initially put-off by the pine body's ridiculously light weight, worrying that the build quality may be poor. But their opinions changed after playing the instrument some more. Humming noise is mentioned by a few users, but it's not an issue for the majority.
For the price, the Epiphone Toby Deluxe IV is a definite steal, considering its active electronics and impressive cosmetics. Check this one out if you're not into classic and rock style basses.
This was on our recommended list until we conducted a thorough review of the category in February 2019 at which time we found there were more highly rated options which you can find in our guide to The Best Cheap Bass Guitars Under $300.