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SOLD FT/Feeler: MTD 535-24

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by idoker, Feb 10, 2013.


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  1. idoker

    idoker Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Disclosures:
    MTD Basses, DR Strings
    I’m putting out a “feeler” and testing the waters to see what would be available for trade in the TB community for my MTD 535-24.

    MTD 535-24 Specs:

    Body: Ash, maple burl top
    Neck: maple, ebony fret-board
    Pre/pickups: Bart (custom MTD)
    Weight: approx. 8.9 pounds
    Condition: excellent
    Special: ebony control knobs, ebony truss cover, MTD HSC

    This bass is in excellent condition, with only the most superficial playing wear. It was sent to Michael Tobias for set-up/maintenance in December, so it’s in perfect playing condition.

    I’m specifically looking for a ZON Sonus 519, or Modulus Q5 (+$). I will also entertain other offers, but I’m really seeking the previous basses mentioned.

    When this bass was set-up by Mike Tobias, he placed the value of it at $3500. If I were to do an out-right sell, it would be at that price. But at the present, I’m just looking to trade. Feel free to ask any questions.

    The following is a video of my bass being played by TB’s Mikebass. It’s a good demonstration of the tone and playability:



    Here are the pics:

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  2. One Bass Short

    One Bass Short Seeking to better my collection Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Rochester, NY
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  4. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Disclosures:
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm the original owner of that bass, purchased some years back from my favorite MTD dealer, Glenn at Austin Bass Traders.

    And in the spirit of full disclosure, it's not quite that light weight (8.9), but it's not heavy, either. It's more like 9.5 or so... but definitely under 10 pounds.

    However, something not mentioned yet here is this particular bass has a pretty thin neck profile from front to back... not as "chunky" (if you can use that word with an MTD) as most. Very fast neck. VERY fast. It's an absolute DREAM to play, and it has little or no dead spots pretty much anywhere. Something you get from the more typical weight ash Mike likes best. Just sings.

    It also has a completely void free burl top, which is not unheard-of, but it is a particularly high quality... think of it like a "select" top... like a "10 plus".

    It was HARD for me to sell this bass. Someone will score with this sucka.
     
  5. idoker

    idoker Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Disclosures:
    MTD Basses, DR Strings
    Thank you for the additional info, Vic.

    I used a bathroom scale, and made my best estimation on it... looks to be a half pound off. Still, it's an extremely comfortable bass to play.
     
  6. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Disclosures:
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yes, it doesn't feel heavy at all, and again, I can't stress enough how ridiculous of a player this bass is... and I've played a LOT of 535's. And if you want backup on this, TB'ers mikebass, Vision, and tombowlus have all played this bass and been blown away by its action (and tone, for that matter).
     
  7. idoker

    idoker Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Disclosures:
    MTD Basses, DR Strings
    Thanks for the offer. But I'm still seeking certain specific models.
     
  8. Amazing bass..

    Are you having weather issues in Ohio with your action/intonation? Outdoor gigs type-of-thing?
     
  9. idoker

    idoker Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Disclosures:
    MTD Basses, DR Strings
    Thanks, the MTD is a great bass.

    No weather issues out of the ordinary... other than the usual dreary Ohio winter. The neck sets very well, with minimal maintenance.

    I just had an opportunity to play a Zon Sonus and Modulus a few months ago, and was very impressed by them... more so with the Zon. I did like the composite necks on both brands.

    So I'm just "testing the waters" to see if any Zon or Modulus basses would be available for trade.
     
  10. LAKland_24

    LAKland_24

    Sep 30, 2010
    Sacramento
  11. Vakmere

    Vakmere

    Sep 6, 2007
    Philly
    Bass looks red. Any pics of what it really looks like?
     
  12. One Bass Short

    One Bass Short Seeking to better my collection Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Not sure I ever got a response to my Fbass trade offer.
     
  13. One Bass Short

    One Bass Short Seeking to better my collection Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Never mind, I found it above. I was looking on my mobile app. Sorry.
     
  14. idoker

    idoker Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Disclosures:
    MTD Basses, DR Strings
    The pics are true to the actual bass color.
     
  15. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Disclosures:
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Here's one of the original pictures from Glenn's site, which does a nice job of showing off how awesome that burl is...

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  16. coribass

    coribass

    Feb 21, 2009
    My offer is still waiting
     
  17. pedroims

    pedroims

    Dec 19, 2007
    Michigan
    Beatiful, any chance of selling it?
     
  18. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Nice! Gorgeous burl - and as an owner of one of Mike's super-slim necks I can vouch for them 100%! :)
     
  19. Astroman

    Astroman Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Interested in any two of these three?

    2010 Lakland 55-63 (JJ's), '98 Modulus Genesis 5 (bit of wear for good reason!), NS Design CR5-M EUB.

    If curious I'll send pix and more details!
     



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