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value of a pre gibson tobias bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by metalslug, Jun 24, 2008.


  1. metalslug

    metalslug

    Jun 24, 2008
    california
    I have a 5 string tobias bass serial #733 that I'm going to sell soon,but I cant find any of a simiar vintage and dont know what it's value is.any ideas? It's in great shape,but it's been played plenty.thank you in advance.
     
  2. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    MINNESOTA
    If you give some more details like woods, Model..i.e Signature, Classic, or Basic and some pics, I am sure people here can help out.:cool:
     
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  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Also location - very different in different parts of the world...?

    I sold my pre-Gibson Tobias Classic 5 about 2 years ago for about £1800 via the London Bass Centre - which has sadly since closed to retail! :(
     
  5. metalslug

    metalslug

    Jun 24, 2008
    california
    probably best that I get out the digital camera and take a picture,at the time I bought it I believe there was only one model of 5 string offered by tobias,I am unsure of the woods though the wings look like flamed or curly maple through the transluscent red finish
     
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Filling out your profile will help people answer you!
     
  7. Pre-Gibson is before 1992. The classic C5 was made from 1985 and this is worth $2400 in good condition as long as it is pre-1992.

    Davo
     
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Are you agreeing/disagreeing...?

    (Online currency converter says £1800 = 3,543.28 USD)
     
  9. Rockman

    Rockman

    Mar 2, 2006
    He sold it a long time ago, so the currency conversion wouldn't be the same.
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Who are you talking about? 2 years is not a long time to me and if I was looking at selling basses now, I would be expecting roughly the same.

    My point was though - that where you are selling is important ! So pre-Gibson Tobias basses are pretty rare in Europe or anywhere outside the US and hence the price is likely to be higher - supply and demand! When first posting, the OP had not filled in his profile/location!
     
  11. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    In currency exchange world, 2 years IS a long time ago. In bass world it's an eye-blink.

    Bruce, I don't doubt that you would still sell the same bass for the same £1800 today. You no doubt know the UK market for this type bass better than any of us Staters. That supports your point of WHERE it's sold being critical. In UK, it's worth about £1800 .

    In the US, it's probably worth about $2,500 - 3,000. Thing is, on today's currency market that same £1800 is worth $3,530, whereas when you sold your bass for £1800 , that £1800 was probably worth about $2,700. Doesn't mean that the bass is worth $3,530 in the US. In a perfect world, a person would exchange the £1800 for $3,530, buy the bass for $2,500 and hit the casino with the other $1,000. ;)

    Peace,

    James
     
  12. I got my valuation from Vintage Guitars 2008 Price guide. It is for the American market and so the valuation in dollars is appropriate to metalslug.

    Davo
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    OK - when this thread started - there was no mention of location...
     
  14. Well I think you assume America unless told otherwise ... :)

    Davo
     
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Not necessarily - at the time this was posted, most people in the US would have been asleep, whereas it was coming up to 9am here! ;)
     
  16. metalslug

    metalslug

    Jun 24, 2008
    california
    The bass is in California,I definately want to sell it,but I want a rough idea of what it's worth.Heres a photo.


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  17. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    MINNESOTA
    Looks like a Basic 5.:cool:
     
  18. BassBuzzRS

    BassBuzzRS Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2005
    Norway
  19. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well no - as it was the lowest level - so the Basic, then the Classic, which was slightly higher spec - e.g. wooden control cavity and trussrod covers rather than plastic. and then there was the Signature, which was higher spec again!

    I had a Classic 5 which looked very different to this.
     
  20. swood_de

    swood_de Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Delaware (USA)
    FWIW, I bought a pre-Gibson Tobias Basic last year for $2,800. The bass was in mint condition and purchased from a well-known and highly regarded dealer - both of which are factors that probably pushed the price up a bit.

    By the way, the difference between the pre-Gibson Basic, Classic and Signature models related primarily to the number of neck and body laminates. The Basic and Classic used 5 piece necks, while the classic used a 7 piece neck. Yours looks like a Basic, which is (by far) the most common model. It's hard to tell for sure, though, as I can't see the edge of the body.
     
  21. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member


    But as I said above, the easiest way to see from a photo, that it's a basic model is the pickup cover and truss rod cover.

    On my Classic these were covered in matching wood - whereas you can see the non-matching control cavity/truss rod cover on that bass!