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Tobias Classic Pre-Gibson 4 string

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#1 tomthebass


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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:05 PM

Price or Trade Value : £2500

Hi bassers,

I'm putting this beautiful bass up for sale to thin out my collection. Sorry not looking for trades, I need the cash.

Serial number in the 1500s, hand built by Mike Tobias and his team.

My guess on the woods:
Shedua/wenge/alder body
Flamed/Birds eye maple through neck with wenge stringers
Pau Ferro fingerboard

Pickups are the usual Bartolinis, electronics appear unmodified.
Scale is 34", string spacing at the bridge 18mm, and it weighs 4.1kg (bathroom scales method).

Condition almost mint, there are no visible dings or buckle rash, just a couple of small areas along the side of the fingerboard where the lacquer is a little cloudy, apparently quite common on these old Tobiases. I've included close up pics of the two areas. The neck is very straight and I had frets dressed and full set up a couple of months ago.

The bass has a belter of a tone, puts a childlike grin on the face of whoever plays it :-)

Thanks to the ultra slim neck it is super fast to play and well suited to small hands.

I can ship it in an old Bass Centre hard case but buyer will need to arrange shipment/insurance.

Any trials welcome, pm me if you're interested & I'll get the kettle on.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:00 AM

Nice, though I have my doubts about the look of the headstock - I think it's the central dark wood, makes it look a bit like the Kramer split aluminium ones.

Where are you based?

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:13 AM

Yes! I know what you mean, the headstock does have a Kramer-ish look to it.

I'm based in Harpenden, Herts. I'll be in Salisbury next weekend if you want to meet halfway to give it a try.

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Posted 16 August 2017 - 09:44 AM

Handbuilt legend bump!

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 05:01 PM

Saturday-afternoon-listening-to-Selling-England-by-the-Pound bump!

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