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We’ve mentioned the Tobias story before, but it’s worth revisiting. Back in 1977, Mike Tobias was building custom guitars and basses in his music store in Orlando, Florida. By 1980, Mike had relocated to California, eventually ending up in Hollywood. Meanwhile, demand for his cutting edge bass guitars was growing far faster than his ability to build them. At that point, Tobias joined the Gibson family of musical instruments. Although Mike left the company in 1992, the Tobias bass line is built today with the same lofty standards and attention to detail that made the original line of Tobias basses so widely respected.

The Tobias Signature bass is, quite simply, Tobias at its best. The Signature is built specifically for those bass players who demand the very best from their instrument, including tone quality, playability and “knock their socks off” appearance. The Signature starts with a bookmatched exotic wood body: cocobolo, wenge and lacewood are standard, while other optional woods are available. The 34″ scale, MultiLam Asym neck is built of layers of wenge and bubinga, topped with a pau ferro fingerboard with 24 frets. The pickups are Bartolinis, considered by many to be the best in the business. The curve-top neck and bridge pickups are matched with a premium Bartolini preamp. The controls include a master volume with push/pull slap tone, pan pot, bass, midrange, and treble. There’s also a special mid-cut boost switch. Black chrome hardware sets off the beautiful woods. Naturally, the Tobias Signature comes complete with a plush-lined hardshell case.

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