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Tobias Killer B ... circa 1995

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Black 'n Tan, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. I am considering buying one of these from a guy in The Gear Page forum. It looks very nice. What do you guys think of these basses?

    What do you think it is worth???

    It's not mint ... got a few dings on it, but he says it plays great.
  2. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Is it a 4 or 5 string?, What body is it? They used Ash , some zebrawood, mahogany and maybe some other stuff. They don't hold value, I know I had one, practically gave it away. If it's in good shape, solid neck, probably between 750 and 1100 tops. The more exotic woods fetch a little more. Also check the body, the oil finish's they used don't hold up well, many of them are worn thru on top ecspecialy if owned by a slapper ( no pickguard).
  3. I think he said it was swamp ash. Do these basses have nice tone and sustain?
  4. fourstring44


    Jul 22, 2003
    St. Louis
    I had a 5 string Killer B from that period. It sounded great, nice build quality. I thought the string spacing was a bit crowded, but I liked the way the asymetrical neck felt. I ended up selling it to a friend, because I don't like 34" scale 5 strings. If you can buy it for less than $800, I think you will be happy.

  5. It is a 5 string, by the way.

    Just curious, why don't you like 34" 5 stringers? I'm just getting started on bass and don't know squat about them.
  6. fourstring44


    Jul 22, 2003
    St. Louis
    Well, I have found that 35" scale gives you a tighter B string. I really have a hard time with the floppy B string you get with most 34" scale basses. Some here will argue that there are some 34" scale 5 strings that have a tight B string, but I have played a bunch of em' (including a Stingray 5 & they don't compare to a 35" scale) That being said, I also play with a heavy hand so if you are a light player, 34" might not bother you at all. Try a few and see what works best for you. And for what it is worth, I would own another Killer B, if I could get it for the right price ;)

  7. That's very interesting.

    My son has an Ibanez K5 bass and the B string is floppy. I'll bet it is a 34"

    I don't like it.

    Are most 5 string basses 34" or 35"???
  8. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Some people (I'm one of them) think that the B on a 34" scale bass can be just fine, depending on the bass. I won't knock 35" scales on the whole, I've played some nice ones and some awkward ones, but a 34" B isn't automatically bad. I used to have mid 90's Killer B 5, it was maple. I really liked it, the neck was great, easier to play than some 4's, and it sounded quite good. As for the B string being floppy, I used very thick strings (.130) and tuned down a full step and had no problems, with very low action. I have played very few 5 strings that I liked better than the Killer B, and they all cost over (sometimes well over) $2000. (That's played, not OWNED, though I had an Alembic Epic 5 with a lackluster low B and an uncomfortable neck.)