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How much would a 4-string pre-Gibson Tobias usually sell for?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Blackbird, Feb 3, 2001.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Say the serial number was under 1500...;)

    Will C.:cool:

  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Brian Barrett's had a few, I think he asks around $2500. I can't get a value on my two T's, #196 and 308.

  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    When I was looking at fretless 5's, I found 3 pre Gib 5's for between $1700 - $2200, but I have never had any experience with the 4s.
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    I'd guess the fours would be even less. I don't know if people are actually getting the mid $2K's for them or not. I won't be selling mine anytime soon.
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I haven't seen any 4s advertised and in the Bass Book it says "Michael Tobias is probably best known for his five-string instruments." Maybe if the 4s were a rarity they might actually be more expensive. I bought my Classic 5 #1274 for £1,700 ($2,500)last year, but all US-built instruments are a lot more expensive in the UK.

    I suppose it would also depend on whether it was a "Basic", "Classic" or "Signature" model - different specs.

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