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FT: Pre-Gibson Tobias 4 for F Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Federighi, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Federighi


    Jun 19, 2011
    Burlingame, CA
    Hey TB'ers,

    Looking to trade my pre Gibson Tobias 4 + $$$ for a FBass; preferably a BN5.

    Here's some limited info I know about the bass & while I'm not the most knowledgable pre-Gib guy around, I'm sure there're TB'ers around here who can help.

    -Burbank, CA build #1711 circa '90-'91
    -Trans red finish
    -5 piece neck-thru design with purple hearts stringers
    -2 octave Indian Rosewood fretboard
    -Unique grain & figuring on 'wings' (hard to capture in pic.s)
    -Light 'flaming' throughout neck/ core
    -Superficial 'dings' etc
    -Plek & set-up by Gray Brawer SF
    -Currently strung with R.Cocco's
    -Very lightweight (under 9lbs)
    -Mooradian bag

    In good condition for a 20yo player's bass IMO.

    Any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact me! More pic.s available on request :)

    -Paul (650) 464-4012

    Thanks for looking!







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  2. kokorollc


    May 22, 2008
    Nice looking bass. What pickups are these? They look a bit different that the radiused Bart pickups on most pre Gibs. What preamp is in the bass? Thanks.
  3. gregwatts2008

    gregwatts2008 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Jupiter, Florida
    If this is a Basic 4....then I do believe the fingerboard is Indian Rosewood and not Pau Ferro. Fernando........?
  4. deanb1043


    Dec 20, 2002
    Looks like a cross between the basic and the standard.
    Interesting bass!:bassist:
  5. basspro557

    basspro557 Banned

    Jul 20, 2005
    Looks like a Standard to me,,the neck Stringers are Thin,on the Pre Gibs they are much wider.Also the flat pick-ups are the ones used on Standard Models and Model T's.
    Strange,, i had a Basic series in White' that was serial # 1711 others also had i posted here on TB.
    Greg is correct,,Rosewood board.
  6. gregwatts2008

    gregwatts2008 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Jupiter, Florida
    The serial number should be in 3 places.....back of headstock, truss rod control cavity, and the electronics cavity on back of bass. I think this is a Standard, myself.
  7. Federighi


    Jun 19, 2011
    Burlingame, CA
    They're Bart pickups & to my knowledge it's the original pre-amp.

    I too had questions of it's origins when I purchased the bass, so I wrote an email with pic.s included to Mr. Tobias. This is a very unique bass as I'm lead to believe it was a 'Standard Prototype' & is autographed by the man himself. He said it was a Burbank, CA build around 90-91.

    Here's a few more pic.s:




  8. gregwatts2008

    gregwatts2008 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Jupiter, Florida
    OK.....I have talked to Mike about this bass before. It is essentially a Basic 4 with the "Standard" hardware and electronics. It was the "Standard" prototype.
  9. deanb1043


    Dec 20, 2002
    It looks like the Standards pickups but the Basics preamp. I think The Standard only had 3 knobs. 2 single knobs and 1 concentric.

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