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Suspicious Tobias 8?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jammadave, Jun 21, 2004.


  1. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Hey y'all - friend of mine asked me and I didn't know, so I'm asking you good people here...

    Has Tobias (not MTD) ever released a non-doubled 8-string?

    I'm suspicious of this and trying to help my friend out (he's the potential buyer of said bass), BUT, I wanna be absolutely positive.

    The seller is someone he has met in person, it's not eBay, but still there are particulars that don't smell right to me:

    - seller doesn't know where it was bought, "it was a gift"
    - seller "isn't in the same location as the bass right now" so asking him for details, numbers, etc has proven useless
    - price is ridiculously low for something the seller claims is rare (and I'd believe it's rare if indeed it's legit)

    Sounds too good to be true, usually means it IS too good to be true, but again I want to check against hard facts whether it *could* be the real deal.

    Thanks
    Dave
     
  2. By-Tor

    By-Tor

    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Send Micheal Tobias an email, I say go right to the source.

    And if your talking about a Gibson Tobias, I would say, the bass does not exist.
     
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I can't answer your question, but I think you could cut through a lot of the BS by simply calling Mike Tobias. I'm sure he could tell you pretty quickly if he's built an 8 string, or not.
     
  4. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    *Duhh* who feels like an idiot now? *raises hand* I'll go grab MT's email...

    Also, neither I nor my friend (how cool is it to have another bassist at the office?) know if it's pre/post/during Gibson or not.
     
  5. Whafrodamus

    Whafrodamus

    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Your little avatar thingy looks like Kyle's dad :p.
     
  6. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Just an update - Mike Tobias got back to me the very next day and he cannot remember ever producing a non-doubled 8. So the case is cracked and my friend isn't out a bunch of money =0)
     
  7. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Can you get pics and info of this Bass?Mike has made 0ne 7 string Tobias(for Garry Goodman)and about three MTD 7 strings per year.
     
  8. jammadave

    jammadave Rudderless ship Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Sorry Jauqo - probably nigh on impossible to get pics/info, see the original post for details...
     
  9. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
  10. bassmanjones

    bassmanjones

    Feb 23, 2002
    Boston, MA
    I had the 3rd one.
    :D
     
  11. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Norm Stockton has one of the MTD 7's.


    Chris A. :rolleyes: :bassist:
     
  12. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    fyi - mike t has records of every bass he's made
    when i called him re: the used one i bought years ago he was able to tell me all about it in about 5 minutes
     
  13. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Jimmy Haslip has what may be the first one Mike made.
     
  14. MTD Man

    MTD Man

    Jun 12, 2004
    USA

    Another one is on the gallery on the MTD site. Where is the third?

    Chris
     
  15. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Since your friend had met the seller in person, how was the deal going to take place?
    Weren't you (and/or friend) going to do the deal in person?

    I'd be interested in seeing this bass in person, even if it was a fake.
     
  16. bassmanjones

    bassmanjones

    Feb 23, 2002
    Boston, MA

    I traded it to Jim who used to run Bass Frontiers magazine for an Azola upright before I moved up here (broke my wrist, couldn't play it anymore). He had it reconverted back to a fretted (I did an epoxy fretless conversion) and then sold it. About two years ago it was at bass central for sale. Gard could probably pick up the trail from there. I know someone bought it, possibly someone from here.
     
  17. I know this young player Robert Lewis has an MTD 7
     
  18. JAUQO III-X

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    CHICAGO,IL.
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
  19. Here's Garry's seven-string pre-Gibson Tobias; the first of its kind:

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