I didn't think I would like the violin sunburst finish, but it's a lot nicer than in the photos. Strapped on, the bass rests comfortably with the headstock slightly higher than the body and it doesn't move while playing. I wouldn't consider it a "metal" or "punk" style bass as most of those are worn at arms length. Another nice thing (one that I'm not used to with my other basses) is there is no neckdive when you let go of the bass. The body is smaller than I'm used to and it's heavy for it's size, but it's not painfully heavy. This is supposedly a "bottom-of-the-line" Toby and, for the price, it's a damned EXCELLENT value. I can only imagine what a top Toby feels like. I rate this a 5 only because there is no 6.
Where Obtained: EBay
Your standard, out-da-box, Toby Deluxe 4 (see musicyo.com for further details). The volume, bass, treble, and PU pan controls are all that you would require on this bass. The bass, treble, and PU pan all have center detents which is nice.
The neck is smaller at the nut than the other basses I've played meaning I can wrap my fingers further around it, but it seems that the strings are further apart at the bridge. They're not uncomfortably far apart though. The neck PU is perfectly placed for me to rest my thumb although the bridge PU is a bit too close to the bridge for my hand to comfortably play from it. The neck is pretty thin making it easy to "finger" the strings as opposed to grabbing the neck and strings like a war club.
I play through an old 1980 Peavey Mark III bass head and an early 1990's Carvin 1x15 cab with no effects. I'm still not used to the active PUs (my first experience with them), but I like the sound. The sound is pretty "thick". Even with the PU pan to the bridge PU, the treble up, and the bass down the sound is "bassier" than I expected (rather than "tingy"). I can get a nice deep, thick, wall-of-sound bass and not be muddy.
I've had it only a month and haven't played it live yet. It's tough to tell on the tuning as I keep it in a gig bag and every time I pull it out I have to tune it up slightly. I assume that's because of it being zipped up in the bag and not because of the tuners.
This is simply a sweet bass, and I would definatley buy it again. I have no complaints and really for what i paid for it, nothing could be better. I really recomend you to seriously look at this bass.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $315.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicyo.com
Gibson owned Tobias manufacters its bass in Indonesia I think. The body is made is of solid maple and the neck is made of rock maple wiht a rosewood fingerboars. The deluxe 4 has 24 stainless steel frets. The bass has four control knobs: master volume, pick up pan, treble boost, and bass boost. One of the best things about the guitar are its active electronics. Just remember to never leave it plugged in(learned that the hard way). It has 2 custom-wound Tobias j-bass split-coil humbuckers. My bass has the violin burst(sunburst for the fender players), but is available in most solid colors, or natural wood. It has a Jazz style body with a bolt on neck. All the external hardware is black chrome(real sharp looking). Very nice guitar.
This bass came with super low action. Adjusting the action was simple, just remove a cover and turn an allen wrench. This is my second bass and the neck is longer, so that took a little bit of getting used to but its smooth and fast. This plays alot better than my previous bass(which isn't hard considering it was a Squier Special), but I find it nicer than my friend's Fender Mexican Jazz and my other friend's Fender Mexican P-Bass(don't shoot me, it's jsut my opinion). So far, I've had no problems.
Well, I can't really comment too much on this subject becsause I play out of a home-made cab with a super old head thats not even meant for a bass. It does sound good though my little set-up with hardly a buzz at all. I don't use an effects. My bands plays pretty much every style of music and the tone controls make it very easy to adjust it to sound good wiht any style. We play funk, rock, jazz, bluegrass and other stuff. I've never played in a studio or recorded anyhting so I cant' tell on that but I would say it would do well.
I haven't had this bass long but its holding up well. I find myself tunign it once every two days, but its never far off, I just like to hear near perfect tone. Plus, i carry it just in a gig bag so that throws it out too. All the hardware is sturdy and well built. Like I said before, I haven't had this guitar very long, so I can't comment much.