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Tobias Bass serial: 3710???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Delirium_Trigge, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Delirium_Trigge


    Oct 14, 2013
    Hi! I recently bought a used Tobias bass from a local store with the serial number 3710. It has MEC-pickups, usually found in Warwick basses. [​IMG]

    Does anyone have ANY information regarding this bass?

  2. Tobias is a brand of bass guitar originally made by luthier Michael Tobias starting in the 1970s and later bought out by Gibson Guitar Corporation. The basses are of neck-through construction, a style of neck-body assembly where the neck of the instrument is a single piece of wood that extends through the body and had the sides of the bass glued to it rather than being bolted on. Tobias basses also were among the first to feature an asymmetrical neck, a design where the neck is thinner on the lower side than the upper.[1]

    Tobias Guitars was established in Orlando, Florida in April 1977. The first serial number was 0178, instead of the usual 0001, as a reference to the month the first bass was completed, January 1978. [2]

    In 1990 Gibson Guitar Corporation purchased Tobias and moved production to Nashville. The first Tobias bass under Gibson ownership bore the serial number 1094. Michael Tobias left the company in 1992 to found Michael Tobias Design which produces a line of hand-made basses similar in spirit to the older Tobias basses. Basses below the serial number 2044 were built in the California factory headed-up by Michael Tobias; serial numbers after that were produced by Gibson with a transition period in which Tobias worked with Gibson and continued to produce basses.[3]
  3. Delirium_Trigge


    Oct 14, 2013
    I've already read this on MTB's website and it's too vague. I want to know specifically about the series which the sellers called "American series" with MEC- pickups. I asked the sellers, and they didn't know much either. Thanks for replying!
  4. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    The pickups were put in aftermarket. That looks like a renegade that was modified or possible installed with two MM bartolini humbuckers at the factory then switched to the MEC. The standard renegade pickup configuration was a large soapbar and jazzbar. Some things like this happened from time to time at the factory, an employee modified the pickup configuration or something. This was not an option with the renegade series. They were made in the US.
  5. converge


    Nov 4, 2013
    I have the same model, but a 4 stringed with serial: #3630.
    I contacted Gibson and they told me that mine was a, model: "American" made in 1995, Nashville.

    So it looks like you got a 5 stringed "American" maybe made around 95-96?

    What did you pay for yours?
  6. Delirium_Trigge


    Oct 14, 2013
    Hi! Interesting facts!

    I haven't been here for a while. I paid around 500USD for it, but I have no idea what it's actually worth.
    What did you pay for yours, if I may ask?

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