Tobias Growler 5

Tobias Growler 5

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Growler 5, 5+ string bass guitar from Tobias.

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  • Manufacturer: Tobias
  • Model: Growler 5
  • Category: 5+ string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 09/08/2006

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Tobias Growler 5 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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heads on fire12/26/2011

heads on fire's review"This bass is perfect."

Tobias Growler 5
Handmade in the USA
Bolt-on maple neck
Heel-less neck joint
3-piece asymmetrical maple neck with dual truss rods
Swamp ash body
24-fret, double-octave range
Wenge fingerboard
Custom quad-coil Bartolini pickup
18-volt, dual-channel stereo preamp
Black hardware
Massive ABM brass bridge
Hand-rubbed oil finish


This. Bass. Is. Perfect. In every sense of the word, this is an immaculate instrument - the balance is incredible, the playing action is fantastic, and the tones one can coax from this beauty are otherworldly. Did I mention how nice this bass looks? Also, the low B is very tight, with no "floppiness" that can plague other 5 string basses. This is without doubt the most easy to play bass I have ever touched. The tonal balance from string to string is also the most dead-on I've yet seen.


I've tried this bass on a variety of setups, from a big tube Ampeg SVT with an 810 cab, to little solid-state combos, and other rig sizes in between, and the Growler delivered a solid, memorable tone every single time. The first time I saw it, I was a bit concerned that the lack of an additional pickup near the neck would hinder the versatility of the sound, but I was sorely mistaken after plugging it in. Slapping, popping, tapping, fingerstyle, matter what my hands do, the pickup translates it exactly as desired. There is no song this bass would be inappropriate for.


I'll state this simply - this is without a doubt the best bass I've ever played. Period. I honestly got a bit depressed when I had to give this bass back to my friend - he let me borrow it for awhile just to see how I liked it. What cruelty! They can be a bit hard to find nowadays, as they aren't made anymore. If you find one and can afford it, check it out - it'll deliver every single time! Extremely highly recommended!

raph.bass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Tobias Growler 5
-Made in USA
ABM-Bridge, Grover
Channel Tobias asymmetric in 3 parts
-24 Boxes, 1 micro Bartolini MM
-18V Bartolini Electronics: Volume, Balance, Treble, Mid (push / pull), Bass
The push / pull is used to choose between two frequencies of mediums.


-The neck is definitely the most comfortable I've ever held.
"She is not heavy and is extremely well balanced. We could forget that she is on the shoulder!
-Access to treble is good until the 21th fret. Beyond this is not obvious, but it's very rare that I go there.
-The sound is good in all circumstances.


It's been too little time that I speak for myself here, I would return later to give my opinion.
I can already say that the level of output is amazing and extremely effective equalizer. I have not tried so far only on a small amp and Behringer is already terrible. I can not wait to try it on a real amp.


-Ca is less than a week that I have but I already know I am not mistaken!
"I've had a multitude of low (Status, Schecter, Warwick, MM, Warmoth, ...) but this one has buried in less than a week! And I have not yet had the opportunity to test it on a good amp or live in conditions I would therefore complement this notice.
"I like it a lot overall ergonomics, the handle is a delight and is very enjoyable to play.
"I just regret that we can not switch to passive.
"It is not cheap, but the price is justified given the quality of this instrument.

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