MTD 535 Thru-neck, alder body/ myrtle burl top, 3 piece maple neck/ wenge fingerboard, honey aged finish, MTD custom hard shell case, serial #191. Weight: 8 pounds, 14.5 ounces.
New list price $8000. New selling price $6500. Call for pricing and details.
This 535 thru-neck built in 1997 is Michael Tobias’ 191st MTD.
With wonderful roundness and great note to note balance from its low “B” thru its upper register this bass “speaks” evenly and dynamically.
The bottom end is “there”, and balanced though not “overpowering.”
This bass is very “controllable”, and excels in more “legit” applications.
It’s wenge fingerboard imparts a nice degree of “sparkle” that comes thru when slapped. Played finger style, this bass is really clear, round, punchy, and warm, though not “mushy.”
It is versatile enough to sit well “behaved” onstage in support of your favorite jazz/ R&B/ gospel artist. By varying ones right hand playing position, and/ or panning the pickup blend more aggressive fusion tonalities are accessed.
This bass is equally well suited for “traditional” as well as more “modern” subtleties.
Overall, this bass is round clear, even, and has wonderful clarity, beauty, and cohesiveness to the “body of the note.”
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