All trading and selling is on hold while I try to figure out what actual model this bass is.
1) It was sold to me as a Signature 5 and Gibson's response to my serial number inquiry is that it is "consistent with a signature 5 made in . . ."
2) It has Flamed Maple-Wenge-Flamed Maple three piece body wings which only the Signature model had
3) It has what looks to me like a 5 piece laminate asim neck through which only the Basic model had
4) It has a fully covered flamed maple body which NONE of the neck through asim models had.
I am wondering if this is really a Gibson Custom shop made to order Tobias and it got named a signature somewhere along the path?
Note that the Signature 5 model on the Gibson website says "9 piece asim neck" in the description but the neck looks exactly like the neck on my Tobias http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Divisions/Tobias/Signature/
Put other models into the web address (replace Signature with Basic or classic) and you see what looks like 7 or 9 piece laminated necks but descriptions which don't match.
Any help on this matter would be much appreciated.