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New "Tobias" bass from The Groove Shoppe

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tombowlus, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Check this out, guys! Joel and Dave have collaborated with Michael Tobias on a killer looking new bass, the Groove Shoppe 5 (GS5).

    Designed by Michael Tobias
    Pickups by Nordstrand
    Pramp by Glockenklang

    That alone is enough to get my attention! :D

    Check it out, here.

    The Groove Shoppe 5
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  2. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    very sweet, and kinda funny in the options. Ill send you a PM to explain hehe.
  3. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC

    NEED someone to give impressions, bad!
  4. michele

    michele Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2004
    Just read this new in my e-mail this morning ... a bad way to start a day!
    For sure another great choice in the boutique department!
  5. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    That is just TOO cool... Glock pre... wow...
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Are there any other basses made right now that use a Glock pre, or is this a first??
  7. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Hey Ryan,

    I think there may be one or two obscure European basses that use an earlier version but this is the first full scale lauch that I know of.
  8. Who is building the basses for you. Is it Dave from NYBW?


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    ...any specs on the Glock pre? Hz, cut/boost, etc...


    PS: On "paper", this combo of choices sounds amazing! Kudos again Joel!
  10. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Wow...I like. And it's available in unlined fretless!

  11. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Why is it only available in burst finishes? Yuk.
  12. leading*the*rat


    Oct 3, 2005
    Hi Folks!

    Nope, the Guys from Sandberg-Guitars (another "obscure" company from Germany, endorsed by "obscure" bands like Rammstein...;) ) are using the Glock preamps for some time now for some of their basses....:p
  13. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Hi Mark,

    Mike Tobias designed the bass itself, Glockenklang builds our custom circuit, Carey Nordstrand makes our pick-ups, and Dave Segal is our ace-in-the-hole master luthier who makes sure that every bass that goes out the door is literally perfect.

    Dave does the best fret and set-up work that we've ever seen and we use him for all of our instruments. I wouldn't trust my personal basses to anyone else. We're quite lucky to have him on our side!
  14. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Yes, Sandberg does infact use the old version. We got that one in as a test when we started to think about working with Glock.

    It sounded good but it didn't have some of what we were used to hearing in an on board pre.

    We gave Udo from Glock some very specific feedback about what we wanted to change. We went through that process four or five times until we ended up with a version that we like.
  15. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    Very cool. I love how Mike Tobias is taking on his role as a global master designer ... doing designs for other people. He has contributed SO much to the bass world!
  16. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Our spec sheet is a little misleading. We can actually do almost anything you want (clear, bursts, solid, vintage, etc.) but the colors on the spec sheet are what we used for the first series of basses and I didn't want to offer a color that I wouldn't have in stock yet.

    I hope that is helpful.

  17. jongor

    jongor Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2003
    Cool looking bass......too expensive.:meh:
  18. Deep


    May 8, 2002
    Very very nice. Looks like a force to be reckoned with. I love the collaboration of all these great luthiers/designers. You're getting the best from all of them....Mike Tobias, Carey, Dave Segal and Glock. Geez!!!
  19. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    but does it play "Freebird"...

    hmm.. guess i'll have to find out. ;) :D
  20. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    The specs sound awesome but the shape isn't quite me. Maybe it'll grow on me, though. The body sort of reminds me on an F-Bass (probably just because of the lower horn).

    I've never heard of this Glock person... what is he known for?