i got off work early yesturday and didnt have anything to do so i stopped in at the local guitar center to look around. pretty much the same crap thats always there . then i saw a tobias on the wall. beautiful dark zebraswood natural finish with black hardware. i grabbed it to see what it was. its a gibson tobias signature 4 with zebrawood top. it has a serial number up in the 4000's. they have it priced at 1699.00. i started looking in over and was really suprised how nicely put together it looks. plugged it in (mistake). started playing it. have you ever picked up a bass and within the first minute knew that that was the bass for you? this thing plays better than any bass ive ever played. the lowest action. the neck is so strong, i can try to bend it and cant. i played it and looked at it for over an hour. i heard nothing but bad things about how bad gibson tobias are. ive been gassin for a tobias bass for 15 years. came really close to pulling the trigger on a couple pre-gibsons and never did because of the price and they never really felt that great, not like this one. but this is the first 4 string tobias ive ever played. all the pre-gibson tobias ive played were basic-5's. well anyways, i have a friend at guitar center and they let me take it home for a couple hours so i could play it through my rig. when i got home and plugged it in i was ever more in shock, it sounds awesome!! i used to own a usa spector ns4 that was awesome. i compare all bass tones to the way that bass sounded (i still hate myself for getting rid of that bass). and i curentally have a sadowsky uv70 (greatest jazz bass ive ever played). this tobias sounds awesome. probably better that the spector did. its not really fair comparing the sadowsky to it cause a jazz is a jazz. but this tobias is just special. i took it back last night and told them id give it a day or two to think about it. i couldnt hardly sleep last night. i can get a pregibson tobias for close to that price. plus im a pretty big guy and i always buy small body basses and regret doing it after a while and usually sell them. but this bass is kinda heavy for its size. its just such a solid bass. 1700.00 is a lot of cash plus the resale value of gibson tobias basses are terrible. i did look up a signature 4 on musicians friend last night and it looks like the signature is the top of the line tobias and they go for around 4750.00 new (aint that crazy?!?) im one of those guys that gas for a different bass every week and usually wait it out for a couple days and it goes away. plus i really dont need another 4 stringer. the sadowsky is all i need. so what do you guys think?