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Tobias Basic 6-String Bass
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Tobias calls this the "Basic" model. It could be any other company's top-of-the-line. It is a beautifully handcrafted, professional-quality instrumen...Click To Read More About This Product
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Tobias calls this the "Basic" model. It could be any other company's top-of-the-line. It is a beautifully handcrafted, professional-quality instrument, and a masterpiece of modern bass design. It will meet the demands of any music from reggae to rock effortlessly. The 2-piece walnut body provides an unequaled depth of sound. The neck is a 5-piece, dual truss rod, Asym thru-body design with a pau ferro fingerboard and mother-of-pearl position inlays. It plays easy on the hands and has a wonderfully smooth feel. The Basic also offers an amazing tonal range. State-of-the-art electronics include Bartolini pickups, 3-band EQ, a mid cut/boost switch, a blend control, and a push/pull Slap Tone switch.
- Handcrafted of premium tonewoods
- 2-piece walnut body
- Neck-thru construction
- 5-piece Asym neck with dual truss rods
- Pau ferro fingerboard with mother-of-pearl markers
- Hand-rubbed oil finish
- Bartolini pickups
- Mid cut/boost switch for quick changes of tone
- Pickup blend control
- Master Volume and push/pull Slap Tone switch
- Bass control
- Midrange control
- Treble control
- Chrome hardware
- Grover tuners
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This is by far the nicest Bass I've ever had the pleasure to play. I'm running it through a GK1001RB-II with a GK Goldline 810 stack and it sounds amazing. The tones are both bright and warm with lots of range provided by the EQ nobs. I almost bought the Yamaha TRB6PII, but opted for this instead given the Bartolini PUs and all the quality woods. You cannot go wrong with this bass and you definitely get what you pay for.
I've recently purchased a Basic Neck-thru 6-string...it is simply fabulous. The tone, the verstility, the sustain, the low, the highs, the neck width, the feel of the Tobias, the weight, the overall rich sound; this is a GREAT bass! If you enjoy a rich tone, simaliar to a Warwick, puchasing a Tobias is well worth it! One touch of the Tobias, you'll intantly fall in Love. You'll even name it.
I bought my Tobias Basic 6 and Classic 5 in late 1995. At the time, the store had 34 Tobias models in stock along with other high end basses like Alembic, Pedulla, Ken Smith, Warwick, and several others. I played all the 5 and 6 string models in stock. What sold me on the Tobias was the consistency and predictability in sound according to what woods the instrument was composed of. The back if the neck is a-symmetrical, being that the thickest part of the neck is close to center of the top Purple Heart stringer. This makes for a very ergonomic feel and design, but if you are left-handed, purchase a lefty model or it will feel very awkward and unpleasing. The Bartolini pickups and pre-amp deliver a very smooth sound transferring the inherit tonal properties of the woods to the amplifier. This became even more noticeable when playing other manufacturer's basses where the pickup tended to color the sound and less variation was noticed between wood composition differences. The bass delivers plenty of fundamental that allows for shaping of the tone to fit a wide variety of playing styles. However the Signature has a 7 piece neck composed of Purple Hear and Bubinga (very hard woods). These basses seem to have more 'ping' and high end and more sub-harmonics and boom. Although it was very pleasing, I felt the Signature series had to much of a pre tuned sound that would be great for funk, jazz, or similar, but since I am primarily a Rock and Roll guy, I wanted more traditional Fender-ish fundamental to work with. I play through an Eden World Tour 800 head and use the Eden 410 XLT for big gigs and Euphonic Audio 1-10 compact sealed boxes for small gigs. Ironically my enhance knob is set just over 50% (controlling tube mix), and my EQ is almost completely flat no matter which bass I am using. I play at a local church from time to time, they supply me with a GK Combo 2x10 and although it sounds somewhat different (a little less upper midrange growl), again the EQ gets minimal adjustment. I find myself adding a little bottom to compensate for what I am use to hearing. If you are planning to spend big bucks on a high end bass, do your homework on tonal properties of the woods being used, the construction (bolt on next transfer less presence than neck through), finishes (polyester/lacquer finishes also generate more presence and sub harmonics than oil finishes) before you buy. Knowing how the instrument is constructed will help you select a predictable instrument sight unseen.
I feel so fortunate to have acquired this dream bass; I really couldn't ask for more in an instrument. In fact, I have yet to find another 6-string bass that plays as fluidly as this one. The intonation is dead-on, the action is exactly what I'm used to and the tonal shaping capabilities are phenomenal. I'd highly recommend the Tobias Basic 6 to anyone looking for a multi-stringed bass that will encompass all styles.