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(belated) NBD Pre-Gibson Tobias Classic 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by leurw, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Beautiful bass. Enjoy it, OP!

    Regarding the action: Have you tried adding a little neck relief? That will make it feel "stiffer" over the middle portion of the neck. Or you might try to find longer screws for the bridge saddles, so you could raise them a little more.

    I'd try those things, before I put a shim under the bridge.
  2. growlypants


    Nov 10, 2012
    Now, THAT... is pretty! Congrats!
  3. Gougedeye

    Gougedeye Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2008
    Central Washington
    Oh man! That is striking! Congratulations!
  4. I thought about longer screws and that's appealing to me because it would also increase the break angle at the saddle. We'll see where I end up haha. It's honestly barely an issue so I might just let it ride as-is and try to be a better player instead of blaming the gear ;-)
  5. You know, I somewhat suspected it based on the lack of silk and how smooth the windings seemed to be, but just threw it out there just in case.
  6. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Check the neck relief first. It might be that the neck is flatter (i.e., has less relief) than you prefer. I like medium-light action, myself--and it always amazes me how much difference in feel a couple thousandths can make.
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  7. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    That is mighty purty! What's the string spacing at the bridge?
  8. It's adjustable at the saddles, but it "should" be about 17.5mm right now.
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  9. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    Congratulations & Compliments! That is a spectacular instrument. :thumbsup:
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  10. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Damn dude, that's really nice!
  11. barry irwin

    barry irwin Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 21, 2015
    I owned two of these in the 80's. Great basses.If you need any kind of info on how to set it up,contact Michael Tobias.He takes care of people that own his instruments.
  12. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I want that!!! Great score, congrats on a beautiful and I am sure also great sounding bass. It really looks amazing.
  13. red_rhino

    red_rhino Gold Supporting Member

    First, congratulations on scoring this beautiful bass. Love the look of the Koa. I'm sure it sounds killer.

    Second, I hate you. 1987? Are you freaking kidding me? That means you were only 3 or 4 years old when I got my Tobias Classic 4 (which I still have). I was in my mid-30's. If I didn't feel old before, I sure do now. Whatever....

    I had a similar experience when I first got my Tobias. The action was so low and fast it was like running on ice. I had developed a heavier attack from years of playing instruments with higher action. Took a while to get used to it, but I did. Give it time. If you do decide to adjust the next, take it to someone who knows how to deal with dual truss rods (unless you already know how; I don't. I know what I'm good at and what I'm not.) A couple of years ago I switched to light-guage strings and couldn't be happier.

    Now head on over to the pre-Gibson Tobias Club thread and get a number.
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  14. gyancey


    Mar 25, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I especially like the detail of "inserted" wenge laminate. The top/back are the same piece, it just probably wasn't thick enough for a solid wing...
  15. Wow, a beauty!

    Congrats, rock the s**t out of it!
    leurw likes this.

  16. The shims were included with all the Schaller 3D bridges I've purchased, this was all a quick Googling turned up:

    Spacers/Shims for 3D-5 bridge models Black 4mm
  17. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Wow, a piece of Tobias history.
    Classic 5's have a great neck,thinner than the Basic model.
    As far as action you must play quite hard. I like medium action.
    I have 2 Gibson era Tobias basses, Classic 5 and Basic 5.
    Enjoy that beauty.
    leurw likes this.
  18. s_wood

    s_wood Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Delaware (USA)
    Beautiful bass!
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  19. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ

    WOW! What a gorgeous bass!
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  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yowzuh! If it sounds HALF as good as it looks that is one awesome bass.
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