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Tobias Custom Shop Signature 6

#1 User is offline   customtobias 

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Posted 14 July 2010 - 04:13 AM

Here is my Tobias. It was sold to me through 3rd Planet Music which housed Bass World in Louisville, Ky. Dave Ernst was the person who handled my sale. I cannot find a listing of this business now so I would quess they have went out of business or changed name. The story I was told was that the guy who owned this bass left the custom shop and was given to him. I don't know the validity of that story. However I purchased the bass on February 18th 1998. It was featured in Bass Frontiers magazine I believe in Nov. 97. I will find the copy of the mag and post the excerpt. I didn't get just a whole lot of info with the bass. It came with a hang tag. a photocopied manual. tools. no actual cards or anything like a custom shop bass should come with.

It has a 9 piece neck, with purple heart, wenge and maple, The body is maybe AAA Birdseye maple. In some pictures it looks like a quilt a little but it isn't. Lane Poor soapbar pickups and I am assuming a Bartolini 18v preamp. It has a 440 piece abalone inlay. I guess basically I would like to find out more about the electronics in it if possible. I can post some pics if needed of the electronic compartment. A current price to have one made would be nice to have also for insurance purposes. I can post anything I have or you may need to help me out.

Here is the other thing I would like to be assured of. On the back of the headstock stamped is "Custom Shop 001"
underneath that is stamped "7000" I think 7000 may have been the code for signature series? I am not sure about that. That could make this a collectors. I don't know for sure.

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Posted 15 July 2010 - 09:51 PM

That's one great looking bass! I don't recall seeing such an ornate bass; obviously a rare and valuable bass. Be careful if you gig with this one. If you do, don't let it out of your sight!
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 03:14 AM

Its a very beautiful piece of art. There used to be little diamond looking jewels on the side of the neck for fret markers. They started falling out so I removed all that where left. I have six of them still. But I would like to have those cortersinks filled with LED or mother of pearl. There were 11 and they worked really well but I had a habit of bending the Bstring up and it would pop them out. LED job would be nice but I know it would be expensive to have the custom shop do it.

I got a hell of a deal on it when I bought it because the man who owned it sold it to have money to start his family in Lousville KY after he left Gibson. IDK if that story is true but the guy wound up with the 1st Gibson Custom shop Tobias. I hear alot of people say that would rather have a pre gibson tobias. I am not knocking Micheal Tobias as a custom builder or luther but I don't see how this bass could have been made any nicer if he would have built it himself.

The b string is a little sloppy but that may be partially because of setup and string choice. Also I have had a problem from the first time I changed strings until now. And still every time I change the strings the nut falls off. This has always been a problem. I know its way out of warranty though so what do you do? I don't want to work on this bass myself. I probably could I am a handy kind of guy but this is serious business here. I usually use a dab of super glue and when it falls of during a string change I scrap off with a plastic rubber scraper( so I don't damage the wood) and then dab of superglue. very tiny amount.
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 03:15 AM

I pulled the preamp out and it has a Bartolini NS2TMB-18. I found the diagram for this preamp here http://www.bartolini...mb/ns2tmb18.htm but it only shows one 5kohm trim pot on the inside. Mine also has 2 directly on top of the preamp main unit. My bass distorts highly when I turn the midrange up. Which really bad sounding. I am wondering if it has something to do with one of the trim pots. I will take a picture and see of the inside control cavity.
I can take new pictures of higher resolution if needed for service.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 02:26 AM

Here are some more recent pics. I have figured out my preamp. The 2 small pots are gain adjustments for each individual pickups. I started by turning all the trim pots on the inside all the way down. I then brought them up one at a time for the pickup gain. I then adjusted the midrange gain control. I could then turn my midrange control on the front of bass. I set all knobs to flat and played for a few hours. I would still like them help of the custom shop to give me details of bass. Thanks



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Posted 28 July 2011 - 12:28 AM

Be careful that I don't recall seeing such an ornate bass
Now,have you ever imaged that own discount coach handbags and microsoft office 2010 ?
come up to the chalk
i think that b string is a little sloppy but that may be partially
this is my own personal thoughts only
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Posted 02 August 2011 - 07:47 PM

I can't believe how much of this I just wasn't aware of. Thank you for bringing moreinformation to this topic for me. I'm truly grateful and really impressed.




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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:23 AM

I got a hell of a deal on it when I bought it because the man who owned it sold it to have money to start his family in Lousville KY after he left Gibson. IDK if that story is true but the guy wound up with the 1st Gibson Custom shop Tobias. I hear alot of people say that would rather have a pre gibson tobias. I am not knocking Micheal Tobias as a custom builder or luther but I don't see how this bass could have been made any nicer if he would have built it himself. Posted Image
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:32 AM

That bass is almost too pretty to play.
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