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Tobias Basic 5 string bass
Private collection.
Photography: Harry Schnitzler.


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Builder: Mike Tobias
Model: Basic 5
Serial Number: 391, "pre-Gibson" era.
Case/Gigbag: original tobias case (brown)

Dimensions:
Weight: 8 1/2 lbs.
Scale Length: 34 inches.
Neck Shape: asymmetrical oval.
Width at Nut: 1 11/16 inches.
String Width at Bridge: 2 9/16 inches.
Overall Length: 44 inches.
Widest: 13 inches.
Thickness: 1 3/4 inches.

Construction:
Neck: 5-piece neck-through, flame maple and purple heart.
Fingerboard: rosewood, mother of pearl dots on top, white side dots.
Body: alder, matching thumb rest between the pickups.
Finish: gloss lacquer.

Hardware:
Bridge: two-way adjustable Tobias (black)
Tuners: Hipshot Ultralight replacements (black)
Strap Buttons: dunlop, locking (chrome).
Output: single 1/4" mono.

Electronics:
Pickups: original Tobias humcancelling (radiused top).
Controls: volume, pan, concentric passive bass/treble, mid-range frequency, mid-range cut/boost, active/passive mini-switch.
Preamp: Bartolini TCT, 9 volt.

Notes:
Overall condition: excellent.

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