Need Help Identifying Used Tobias Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thewanderer24, Jun 20, 2003.

  1. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    Hey Folks, I have found a used Tobias 4 string for sale, but know nothing about these basses.

    I got the following description of the bass and pics from the seller (obviously pulled off some website). I will likely have a chance to play it this weekend.

    The question is, can anyone identify a model for me? Or at least hazzard a guess on the monetary value? (i.e., what is a fair price??)

    Any help you guys can give would be much appreciated.

    Classic Tobias design featuring deep, sloping scarfs that contour to the human body and a heelless cutaway for full access to all 24 frets!

    * Rock Maple Neck with 24-fret Rosewood fingerboard and solid Maple body!

    * Active Tobias electronics featuring Treble and Bass Boost/Cut, Master Volume and Pickup Pan!

    Technical Specifications: Number of Strings: 4

    Neck Construction: Bolt-On

    Body Wood: Solid Maple

    Body Thickness: 1.75"

    Neck Wood: Rock Maple

    Neck Finish: Satin

    # of Truss Rods: 1

    Nut Material: Graphite

    Nut Width: 1.57"

    Fingerboard: Rosewood

    Fingerboard Radius: 15.75"

    Frets: 2.7mm x 1t

    Scale Length: 34"

    Machine Heads: Precision Die-Cast

    Hardware: Black Chrome

    Bridge: 3-Way, Fully Adjustable, Die-Cast

    Electronics: Active Tobias(tm) Circuit with custom "tone sloping" EQ parameters.

    Power Source: 9V battery

    Controls: Master Volume Pickup Pan

    Treble: +8dB/-8dB at 1KHz

    +11dB/-28dB at 10KHz

    Bass: +9dB/-9dB at 100Hz

    Neck Pickup: Custom-wound Tobias "J-Bass" style

    Split-Coil Humbucker

    Bridge Pickup: Custom-wound Tobias "J-Bass" style

    Split-Coil Humbucker

    Available Colors: Satin Natural (SN), Translucent Red (TR) and Violin Burst


    Note: (T) = Transparent color.

    Also available in Solid Colors.
  2. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    also, the headstock pic in case that helps...
  3. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA

    Sorry the info is not super helpful, maybe, but I don't know much about this thing.

    Even ballparkprice guess would be extremely helpful.

    Thanks all.
  4. Looks to me like one of the Gibson owned Tobiases available at you sould be able to find that particular model there. Of course, I could be wrong.
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  6. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Yep, it's a Korean-made Toby Deluxe, though the electronics have been messed with since it's missing a knob.

    You see them a bunch on E-bay, frequently with starting prices or Buy It Now prices that are higher than you can get them new from MusicYo. Since the new price is about $340 and they're easy to find, a reasonable used price would probably be something in the $200-250 range.

  7. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    Thanks for the help guys. That's the answer I was looking for.

    Appreciate it.