im getting a 5 string, its between a sadowsky uv70 and a pre-gibson tobias.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. its time to get myself a five string xmas gift. :D i have a 4 string sadowsky uv70 that i love. im really leaning towards a getting a 5 string uv70 but ive always wanted a tobias. has a nice looking used pre-gibson tobias basic 5 that im very interested in. i know they are totally different basses and dont know which way to go. the uv70 would make it alot easier to switch basses at a gig but the tobias gas has been in my blood for years. someone got any advice? i played a tobias a couple weeks ago and loved the feel of the neck and string spacing and all that but im not a big fan of small body basses. (might have something to do with my 6'4'' 365 lbs body :meh: ) ive never played a five string sadowsky but my 4 string IMO is the greatest jazz bass ever made. the sadowsky necks look pretty beefy..... so what do you think fellas?
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I say get the Pre-Gobson Tobias because that will be a collectors bass very soon and you can another Sadowsky pretty easily provided you have the income. :eek:

    6' 4" 365lbs.? You need to be a Bengal, they would have taken Indy with you on the line!
  3. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    Hmm...I have a Sad 5 and a Tobias Classic 5...they are totally different for sure.

    I play the Sad probably 99.998% of the time but, if one had to go...I can always get another Sad. REAL Tobias are getting scarce as heck.

    One of the board regulars had a couple up for feelers in the gear for sale forum. You might want to check them out as well.
  4. i want this to be the last bass i ever buy...(at least for a year or so ;) ) so im not looking for collecting, im looking for a player! i play out alot and will be touring this summer. right now i only have one bass so i need a second for a backup and it will be used everyday. im kinda worried about the tobias at bass nortwest, its been on there site for along time at a great price and if pre-gibsons are that hard to get, someone shoulda grabbed this one by now...... something must be up with it. im really leaning towards the uv70 but i know ill probably always think i made the wrong call either way i go. i always buy a bass i love and if i like it alot ill buy the same bass only in a different color and then feel stupid for buying the same bass twice. last year i had 4 modulus flea basses with lane poor pups and bart pre. but then i discovered the uv70.

    as far as playing for the bengals, my football days are way behind me, a couple knee surgerys behind me anyway. anyways, the bengals wont need any help anyway when we kick the colts a** in the playoffs next month!!! :bag:
  5. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    OK then...based <img> upon that...and what I can see on your website...and your guitar players dual humbucked les paul...I would go with the Sadowsky in a heart beat.

    When things get loud and guitars get crunchy it's TOUGH to beat a Sadowsky
  6. andysvec

    andysvec Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2004
    was Guam, now Vegas!
    There's a nice UV70 on the bay right now you may want to check out. -link-

    I had a pre-gibson Tobias for a while, just didn't do it for me and I traded it for my Q6. Get the sadowsky...

    - Actually you should look for a used sadowsky Tokyo if you want a full bodied bass. I recently got one and I can tell its bigger, heck it will barely fit in my undercover gig bag, both almost too wide and almost too long than any of my other basses.
  7. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    I've had both. Sadowsky for me, and u!! LOL

  8. Joelc73


    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Those two basses are like polar opposites! They are worlds in apart in terms of construction and sound. They are both great but it really depends on your personal preferences.

    I'd probably go for the Tobias if it were my money but that again really is just a personal preference. You really can't go wrong either way.
  9. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  10. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    CLASSIC! I love it! :D
  11. Moo

    Moo Inactive

    Dec 14, 2002
    Oakland, CA
    I remember the first time I played a Tobias in '86. I was blown away at how easily it played and how good it sounded and have wanted one since. They've always been a favorite of mine. I recently sold my Ken Lawrence and now a 93 Killer B is my main bass. I love the neck, it's super light, comfortable to play for hours and sounds killer.

    Even though mine is first year Gibson and the build quality suffers the design in brilliant. I'd pick a Tobias over even the finest Fender based design.

    Those really are 2 totally different basses, I'd think just the string spacing difference would knock one out of the running.
  12. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Central Ohio
    First of all, you should realize that there is probably more variation from bass to bass in the Tobias instruments than in Sadowsky's. That is partly due to more variation in the woods used. Also, the Bartolini pre-amps are frustrating, at least for me. I am currently working with a first year Gibson Classic with a walnut body. The tone is great, but I normally run it with the active circuitry off. I've owned a pre-Nashville Signature, which I hated, and played a bunch of pre-Nashville Classics, which were pretty excellent. Every Sadowsky I've played has been consistent and excellent. I think either would satisfy you, as long as you play the Tobias before you buy it. The Sadowsky will be more predictable.

    BTW, if you are interested in a Tobias, what about an MTD?

    Also, I plugged my Classic into an SVT w/ the 8x10 at the studio the other day. It seemed to me that the Barts are particularly well matched to that rig.