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Almost good enough to forgive it for missing a string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dBChad, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    As a guy with a modest fixed income who just had to pay for a new exhaust on my car, I always look at the used market first when considering music gear. Yesterday, I found a used Tobais bass for a price I could fit in to my budget. I forget the model, but it looks very much like a J bass without a pick guard. The wood isn't quite coffee table quality, but it's definitely a step up from the average standard edition of most translucent finished basses (so it's probably Tobias' entry or mid level offering). The body was well balanced, the action was just right (feels like my Peavey but didn't require a tiny bit of fret buzz inaudible through amplification to get there), and the price doesn't require sacrificing a kidney. It's in great shape, and with a wipe-down, it would be hard to tell I bought it used at all. It's hard to not like this bass; except it's a 4 string.

    I can almost forgive that, except I'm currently trying to find a 6 string. I know there's probably going to be lots of posts about "Jaco only needed 4" and "more strings don't really give you that many extra notes", but I switched to bass from 7 string guitar. I also play with people who use different tunings song to song, having that extended range lets me transpose instead of needing to tune to match.

    After playing this bass, I absolutely understand the appeal of Tobias basses, I just can't convince myself I need a 4 banger. Would it be worth grabbing up to re-sale or trade for a decent 6 string?
  2. S.F.Sorrow


    Dec 6, 2014
    Not unless you're 100% certain you can get a good enough deal to make money out of it. And it sounds like you're not even sure what model/price range it is. I would forget about it and get a bass that you actually want instead.
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  3. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Keep searching for the 6 string. You’ll find the right one at the right price . As soon as you were to buy that Tobias, the right 6 string would probably show up. :banghead:

    GC has 7 pages of used 6 Strings. Some great looking SX, Ibanez, MTD, Schecter, Ken Smith,Peavey Cirrus, and even a Tobias.

    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018
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  4. Model? Year? Price?
  5. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Instead of simply finding a 6-string you like?
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  6. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    previated devert

    I'm in pretty much the same financial situation, and I never buy gear. Except, recently, I found a bass in a pawn shop for a price I knew I could turn for profit. So cheap I could actually "afford" it.
    Ended up keeping it.

    Unless you're positive you can profit from it, move on (or be prepared to keep it). :)
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  7. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Sounds to me like the Toby is missing two strings.

    Check the GC used basses link someone posted above. You can get what you want if you don't blow your money on something else first.
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  8. ejaggers

    ejaggers Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Fort Worth, tx
    Forget the Toby and the 6 string. This is what you need.


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