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Change pickups or preamp?,,please help,,Tobias Toby bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Andy2, Nov 3, 2000.

  1. Andy2


    Sep 29, 2000

    I own a Tobias Toby pro 4string. The output of this bass is extremely weak. If a set the controls flat it has less output than my MIM JAzz, and you all know that MIM J has a weak output. I dont know if the problem is the pickups or the preamp!!!Would like to hear Suggestions.

    Any Recommendation of a good pair of Soapbar pickups or a good preamp(volume, blend bass,treble) would be appreciated.

  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Start by wiring the pickups straight to the output jack (bypassing the preamp) and see how that works.

    The original USA Tobias designs used Bartolini electronics.
  3. This may sound silly but did you try changing the battery? I assume that this is an active bass.
  4. Andy2


    Sep 29, 2000
    Thanks Brianrost,,I will try this weekend and see how it works.

    Yes Zoomboy,,I change the original battery with a new one and the output is the same.
  5. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    After doing my Pickup Homework.. (I have a Tobias Toby Pro 4 )
    I found out that the Toby comes with: Mighy Mite DX5 Pickups, the same found on many Ibanez Basses.
    Ok, so lets get a replacement.
    For Shape and Size we go like this:

    M4 Shape --- M44 for 4 String Bass
    I would recommend getting the Quad Coil Model in Bright
    That goes: 80M44CX -T for Neck
    80M44CX -B for Bridge

    EMG-40 Shape --- EMG-40DC for 4 String
    Dual Coil Humbucker.

    This sizes will fit perfectly since they are the same size as the DX5's in the Toby.
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Oh I forgot..
    the DX5's are passive type, while EMG's and Bartolini's are active.
  7. Bluesnosis


    Feb 2, 2011
    i upgraded mine with Seymour duncan SSD-5 ( SAME SIZES AS EMG40 ) , and know it sounds amazing !!! and they cost lot less than emg and Barts !!
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I owned and gigged a Toby for years. The pre-amp is it's weak link but the bass was actually pretty nice. I only had to adjust the action once in 9 years. The pickups are fine. Change the pre-amp and you'll be fine. I just plugged into the passive bass input on my amps and I was good to go. I don't think you need to change the pickups.
  9. Jamakhai


    Jan 29, 2015
    Hi .. i have the same problem with my Mayones Jabba Classic bass
    It came stock with a Seymore Bassline jazz pickups. But the output was low. On passive mode and when i switched it to active ..and cranked up the stack knobs(treble and bass) i have a few dbs up but the bass tone was colored to much sounding very hi-fi'ish
    Thinkin that the pickups were weak ..i then upgraded to a Bartolini 5js but ended up with the same issue
    Many says that the Barts has very low output.. so my queation is ..is the bassline pups has low output too or my stock preamp(Mayo) is the issue.
    It has been months i ha e been tryin to seek help ..doing some research online.
    Is there a preamp that has a higher output even on a passive mode ..to be able to drive my weak yet good Barts ?
    Pls Help!!

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