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Tobypro 4 modification

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jochem, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Hello, I was fortunate to buy a new lefthand tobypro 4 ,
    and I know some of you have experience with modding it,
    I could use your findings here...
  2. DaBassman


    Mar 25, 2002
    Oneonta, NY
    Congrats, you'll enjoy it!!
    I have a lefty Toby Deluxe (I bought it new about 8 years ago for $259). I had it defretted about 4 years ago. He inserted maple strips where the frets were. It looks and plays great!
    I have often thought of replacing the p/ups. So I'd love to hear about mods too!
  3. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer (local only)
    The basses are nice and solid, but the electronics are terrible. If you don't mind spending a few hundred, I would drop a set of Bartolini Classic pickups in and you can get the same Bart preamp that Tobias put in the original pre-Gibson basses from Bartolini. A friend modified his this way and the tone is killer and it is a keeper.

    Talk to Brandt at The Perfect Bass, he can hook you up with the pickups and the preamp.
  4. Thats what i"m gonna do, perfect advice,
    I,m gonna mail brandt for the parts ,
    Thanx for your help, ill let yall know the results in a couple of weeks(I live in holland)
    Bless the American Spirit!!
  5. mtaffonso


    Dec 4, 2008
    I had a Toby Pro 6 string, that I modified.

    I replaced that preamp. Put a Bartolini 3 band with a switch for choosing mid frequency,plus a push pull volume pot for running it on passive mode.

    Fantastic upgrade.

    I sold that bass to buy a StingRay 5, but sometimes I miss it a little.
  6. Finally ,I got the Bart classic CF4 soapbars and hr 4.5 preamp installed.
    i found out the original might Mite P.U.s were pretty good, so you could try a new preamp first.
    Ifound the mod gave way more output and versatility to the sound.
    i ll need some time playing it to be more precise about it.
    bass central Ed gave me good deal on it so my christmas is pretty ok!,
    Greetz Jochem.
  7. I put the original pups back in because I missed the transparency and character the bass originally had,
    so with only the Bart preamp changed, its ready for me.
    (I did find bartolini manual/schematics to be confusing..)
    greetings Jochem.

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