MTD USA 535, hand built by Mike Tobias. Makore body, maple neck, Indian rosewood fingerboard, flamed redwood top, satin finish. Includes a custom fit MTD tolex case and is hand signed and numbered by Mr. Tobias. This bass is a classic example of understated elegance from Mike Tobias. (This one was on layaway, but is back for sale).
Weight: 10.34 pounds
MTD Handmade American bodies and necks are ergonomically carved to allow comfortable access to the extended scale bass. A wenge neck and board add compression and focus to the speaking voice of the bass. The pickups and active electronics are a proprietary design for MTD made by Bill Bartolini which consist of a master volume and pan pot, treble, mid, bass cut and boost, with center click (from neck to bridge). The three position switch selects the mid range cut and boost point. Down is lower mids, center is middle and up is upper mids. When the mid pot is at center click, the switch has minimal effect. The EQ has 2 batteries and is a +/- 9 volt system.
Bridges and tuners are custom manufactured for MTD Handmade American Basses by Hipshot.
MTD Handmade American Basses all use the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. This revolutionary tuning system enhances tuning dramatically, allowing the player greater freedom of expression.
35" scale length
21 frets with zero fret
1-7/8" width at nut
3-1/16″ width at last fret
0.75″ or 19mm string spacing at bridge