Traded with andysvec recently for his pre-Gibson Tobias. 1988 Basic 5. I wasn't too sure about it at first (both basses had some issues), but part of what I didn't like was that the original pre had been replaced with a Sadowsky pre. That may be heresy to some, but I wanted three bands, and boost and cut. So I traded with Todd 4ta for a nice NTMB, and this thing came alive! I'm beginning to understand what the big deal is with these. It has the usual 5-piece maple/purpleheart neck, and I think the body wings are maple, although the bass is pretty light. It was originally painted, so the wings aren't impressively figured, but that doesn't bug me. It's been refinned in clear gloss, although this finish has taken a beating. Maybe I'll get it done in a solid or translucent color one of these days, but it's pretty cool as is. Ah, but the sound. Before I got it, I asked Mike Tobias about it, and he said he thought it would be pretty punchy. He wasn't kidding. The mids are massive, but not harsh. With the pre set flat it's pretty good, but with the mids boosted a bit at 500 hz., it's amazing. This is a bass you can feel and hear at the same time. The 34" B falls into the category of "good enough". It doesn't have the clarity of a Modulus or Roscoe, but it sounds like it belongs on this bass. Some fivers seem to have a B that either booms uncontrollably or is hard to get enough volume out of. This one balances well with the other strings (to be fair, the B on my Modulus Q6 was better). Definitely useable, and not just for the low notes. Playability is about as effortless as any bass I've ever played. The combination of neck shape, string spacing and scale length just fits me. It took a little while to get used to it since I've been playing a Jazz for some time, but the more I play it, the more I like it.