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The "Official" MTD USA Thread (Part 7)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Sep 18, 2011.


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  1. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Long Island, NY
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    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
  2. Vic

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

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
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    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    Hey folks, just a heads up...

    Kind of a strange situation for me, but I will actually have two 435/21's at my house shortly. The cherry burst tulip maple/maple one I've already posted about, and another used but well cared for one with an ash body, quilt maple top, and wenge/wenge neck.

    The reason I bring this up is, my goal is to pick one that fits me best, and the other will be put up for sale shortly after, at what I think will be a very attractive price... and as usual, the club gets the advance notice before I put up the forsale ad.

    FYI, I'll keep you posted.
     
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  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
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    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm "in," but currently down to just 3 MTD's:

    Marilyn #3 (one of the first three prototype chambered basses Michael made):

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    My most-gigged MTD (ash/maple/wenge/wenge):

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    And my first 435 (mahogany/maple/maple/ebony):

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    That quilt-top 435 Vic is talking about used to be mine, and that was hard to let go. If I get an influx of cash in the near future, and if you decide to let that one go, I may need to bring it back home. :D

    I have another 535 in the works with Mike. It's been a long time coming, but we are waiting for the ebony top to dry (should be just about ready). This one will have an ash body, off the hook figured (feathered?) ebony top, flamed ash neck with white wenge stringers, and I think a birdseye maple board. I can't wait!
     
  5. Is mike doing many chambered basses? That sounds intriguing as hell.
     
  6. Vic

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

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
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    Yes, that's what the Marilyn is. I recently sold mine... not for lack of love, but for lack of playing it, as my ash/walnut (solid) 535 was getting all my MTD play time, and I can't justify keeping such an instrument in storage away from the studio and/or stage.
     
  7. metallutca

    metallutca

    Dec 18, 2004
    Malaysia
    That will be stunning Tom! Did the white wenge idea came from Pete Skjold's fretless MTD?
     
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
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    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Partly. I had initially started talking to Mike about an ash-necked bass, and I knew that the ash/walnut/ash/maple combo was popular, but I like to be a little different... :smug: He told me that he had enough of this nice flamed ash left for one more neck, and I called dibs. We then started talking about the merits of one-piece necks, multiple-piece necks (same woods), and the use of stringers (different woods), and I liked what he said about how an ash neck with stringers would sound. When we started talking about what wood to use for the stringers, I asked him if he had any of the white wenge left that Pete had sent him for Pete's bass, and he said he had just enough for one more neck. So, there you go! :D
     
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
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    Yes, he will do chambered basses on request. Originally, the first three prototypes were all named "Marilyn" because of the Chambers :)smug:). One was the standard thickness (1 3/4"), one was 2" thick, and one was 2 1/4" thick. Mine is the 2" thick one.

    After determining that this was a success, Mike went on to make more chambered basses (which some folks do refer to as "Marilyns", but in my mind, only those first three really count :bag: ;) :D). I believe most if not all of the latter chambered basses use the standard thickness.
     
  10. widjajar

    widjajar Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    In!
    I have another one of mike's creation coming in october : flamed myrtle/black limba/maple/BEM. Can't wait!!!
     
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
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    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Oh, that sounds nice! :cool:
     
  12. Vic

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

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
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    Ok, but Mike would disagree with you on that. The one I had actually had "Marilyn #8" written on the headstock by Mike himself, and it was not because anybody instructed him to, so there are at least that many "genuine" Marilyns out there according to Mike. :spit: :D

    :bag:
     
  13. metallutca

    metallutca

    Dec 18, 2004
    Malaysia
    Wow, this is "last of the woods" bass. Last flamed ash and white wenge. I thought of getting a flamed ash neck for mine because I really love the way they look with stringers. But Glenn & Mike suggested one piece neck for my tonal preference. Mine would be ready in October. Can't wait!

    Look at this neck :eek: http://www.austinbasstraders.com/images/683.jpg
     
  14. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
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    In the new thread I must be! Although I am thinking of parting with my MTD... :(

    Of course, this thread will know first...
     
  15. widjajar

    widjajar Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2003
    Here's the pic for the top.
     

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  16. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
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    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Mike knows... oh, he knows... :smug: :D
     
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
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    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Very nice! :cool:
     
  18. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    My two main players:

    Burl maple on ash, wenge neck and fingerboard:
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    Burl maple on alder, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard:
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  19. MTD 535 Tulipwood/Maple burl, Wenge/Wenge neck, Yellow to red finish
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    MTD 535 Ash/Maple Burl, Wenge/Wenge neck, Dark cherry finish
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    MTD 535-24 Alder/Flamed redwood, Maple/Rosewood neck
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    MTD 535-24 Mahogany/Audi Burl redwood, Maple/Ebony neck, world logo
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    Yes, I need an ash necked one. :ninja:
     
  20. celinder 72

    celinder 72 Supporting Member

    May 24, 2011
    Vic and wenge/wenge together again. Its the end of the world i tell ya!:D Cant go wrong with either IMO. Congrats Vic
     



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