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The most versatile one-pickup bass ever.
The American-made Growler features one large, quad-coil custom-designed Bartolini pickup mated to an 18V, dual-channel stereo preamp. Add to this a pair of custom-designed tone shaping switches, and you'll get everything from killer slap to punchy Latin tones, and every sound in between. 24-fret, double-octave range. Wenge fingerboard. Massive ABM brass bridge. Swamp ash body. Includes hardshell case.
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I am a jazz bassist who does sessions of various styles from time to time in addition to playing upright bass and the Tobias Growler can do it all. I have played many different high end basses and I have not played any that are better than this...the quality is just there and I love the feel, it really sits in the hand well...somewhat wider than the fender neck and a bit wider closer to the bridge...it feels like you can dig in for miles. I really appreciate the solid feel. The woods are great for tone...nothing exotic, just tried and proven swamp ash and maple with a wenge fingerboard that rounds out the body and neck without thumping, very warm with lush mids and a solid bottom. The Bartolini electronics are the best made and it's positioned right at the sweet spot. It has 4 mini-pots under the back cover to adjust the mid sweep and high pass for each half of the sterio humbucker...a great design that allows you to have your own presets letting you blend with the normal controls...their is nothing worse than an 18 volt system that +-12db without a sweep. Anything more in a bass is just eyecandy...and just because a bass is made of exotic hardwoods doesn't make it sound any better and chances are it makes it much heavier and when you are on a gig for 4+ hours I'd trade the world for a bass this light that performs so solidly. This is a true entry-level, professional-grade instrument, ready to accomodate any musical idea, they may get fancier but they won't play any better! Buy this instrument and you will never sell it...I am a one bass guy! If I ever get another bass it will probably just be a fancier Tobias (maybe a neck-thru...?).
I actually no longer own this bass, but I miss it so much that I'm on the market for one again (one of the only times I've severely regretted selling an instrument). I had purchased an early model (manufactured shortly after Gibson bought the name) and while the fret work from that year was a huge complaint with these basses, I owned a fretless model (with the seemingly rare black fret markers) and never had a problem with the craftmanship. I used this bass for a huge variety of music styles (from electronic to rock to jazz), and it works for them all! The quad coil pickup can be dialed in such that, with a flick of the phase switches you can go from Pastorious fretless growl (mind you, I owned a fretless version) to a punch and attack suitable for the heaviest rock. The sustain was ridiculous for a bolt-on (still one of the best sustaining basses I've ever played) and the action was amazing. I'm a light, fast player, and the neck was so true that I could get the action down to 2/32" with no noise! Also, I do my own repair, etc. and in the four years I owned this bass, I NEVER had to do a setup on it (I'm still amazed at that). The neck is designed with a taper to reduce fatigue and it really works. The bass is designed to be light for long hours of comfortable play. Really worth the money!
I picked this bass up in my local guitar shop thinking that it would stink seeing that Gibson now owns Tobias (MTD is the new Tobias). The first thing I noticed was that it's equipped with a bartolini pickup, and those are the best sounding pickups I've ever heard. So you know this bass would sound great and it does. The neck is flawless just smooth comfort no dull spots at all, and even the fretboard was smooth too. This bass is awesome! the electronics are just like my Ibanez SR505 (that has barts too) but it had a push pull on the mid range which really brought out some awesome sounds (I wish I could give it a 6 on features). Yet the only problem I have with this bass is that seems more suitable for playing slap/pop music and R & B. Between a Warwick and a Tobias, I'd go with the Warwick but thats just because I don't play the music genres listed before but comparing a Warwick to a Tobias is comparing an apple to an orange.
Own the bass amazing feel and sound. new it was the one when i picked it up.
Well worth every penny! Plays great and the neck is something everyone should check out! The bass is light and is a tone monster!
I used to sit around in alot of Guitar Shops and played everything looking for a good bass.. When I found this bass I found A Great bass.. The neck feel is great.. The best sounding ever and Guranteed the most comfortable..
Very awesome bass I highly reccomend it. Actually I recommend any Tobias Bass. They always make the most awesome bass's. As for the growler its not the best tobias but it is a great bass. Light, great playability, awesome tone, sweet features and not as cool as look as some of Tobias's bass's but still cool.
This bass is, in one word, killer. It's smooth to play and it has incredible sound control through the Bartolini pickup.
This bass is worth EVERY penny. After playing with my Ibanez SR400 for 5 years and then a fretless Warwick Corvette Standard for a bit I bought this beauty. Satisfies me with an unbelievable sustain for a bolt on neck and an unbelievably wide range of possible sounds. Gives me the deep growl I need and the perfect slap tone I so love. The neck is incredibly comfortable to play even for long hours of gigging or practicing.