Bad things about MTD basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skerik1, Dec 24, 2002.

  1. Skerik1


    Sep 21, 2002
    Saint Paul, MN
    I have NEVER heard ANYONE say ANYTHING bad about an MTD bass....EVER. These basses just seem too good to be true. Michael Dimin even went as far selling his Fodera Monarch to be a "product specialist" for MTD! I want someone to tell me something negative about them. I'm THIS close to getting a fretless five string Kingston or Heir, and I don't want to be surprised.

    I'll post this in Michael Dimin's portion of the forums as well and see what he says.

  2. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    They are overrated.



    :D :D :D
  3. They kinda cost a lot of money. That's a bad thing if you don't have a lot of money.
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  4. The other bad thing is that you can't have mine:
  5. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    One bad thing is that I don't have one...................................................YET!:D
  6. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    I've played several that sounded quite bad. Absolutely no lows no matter where you turned the bass knob. They were built well but I would never own one. Hate the sound.
  7. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    I think it tough to find anything wrong with MTD basses. I have 2, a Grendel 5 and a 535. They're both awsome. The Grendel has really suprised me because it's an amazing value. There really isn't a thing wrong with the 535 either. The 535 is Tulipwood with no top so I think it has a bit more mellower sound than I'd like, but other than that it's flawless. I don't normally mess around much with preamps in general because I normally prefer to leave it flat and just make slight adjustments when needed. For whatever reason on the 535, I really had to play with the preamp to get my sounds, however that's not a problem, just different than what I was used to. I'd say, if you had to pick one all around bass to do it all, a 535 would be your choice. They are pricey though, and if that's a problem then that could be something to knock them for. However, you do get what you pay for.
  8. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    Never played the Kingston or heir basses. I had a 535. And I know everyone will be be shocked but I just didn't care for it. I didn't like the assymetrical neck shape. It didn't feel comfortable for my technique. Also I didn't care for the tone. It sounded extremely bright and unforgiving. That could be my fault though cuz I chose the woods.

    Any way the recordings of the kingstons on sound killer and it looks like a bargain to me. Actually thought about getting a fretless kingston 5 for a bit.
  9. natebass


    Sep 6, 2001
    Bremerton, WA
    you mean, besides the fact they are a 35" scale for all of the US models????
  10. Ummm...

    That bass should be hanging on a wall in your living room for visitors to enjoy.

    I dont think wood could be more beautiful than that.


  11. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    I can't think of anything negative.

    I wouldn't argue with anyone who said that they are too expensive. Nor would I argue with anyone who said that they played one or more MTDs that sounded lousy. It's a matter of taste. Some people really don't care for the MTD tone, while others love it. That's their perogative. Different strokes for different folks I always say.

    The best thing to do is to try them out first, if possible. You can then make an informed decision.
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    You saved me some typing, G;)
  13. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    21 frets, that's my only problem. Should be 24 for my tastes. Otherwise I love 'em.
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    They come in 24 frets, too.
  15. LA


    Oct 17, 2001
    I owned a Kingston for nearly a year. The only complaint was not enough lows. I'm sure the Saratoga fits that bill nicely.
  16. Velocimaniac


    Jun 14, 2002
    I have an MTD Kingston 5 and the only thing that really bothers me is that you have to take the neck and pickguard off to get to the truss rod.
  17. Hman


    Jan 8, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm so glad you don't like her! I don't like her very much too...but I love her!


    What do you think???
  18. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    I got a MTD Kingston 5 not too long ago and the B string sounds really "thuddy" and doesnt have any definition in the notes. This could just be a worn out string i suppose 'cause it looks like the guy bought a set of 4 strings and left the old B on there. I have old strings on my 4 string Fender and they still sound good. Does an old B just get worse faster because its thicker, or is this a common thing with Kingstons?
  19. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    If you're referring to the slap loop on, it's actually Grendel. Any bass can sound good or bad. I've seen some of the best guys make a $300 bass sound like $3000. When I first started playing, I would play with an old Ric bass. Then I decided after reading about gear, that an Alembic would be my next choice. I loved the way they sounded untill I started to play it. I sounded terrible with it. You could hear every little time I screwed up. I decided to part with that bass after about 6 months of owning it. It did however clean up my playing a lot. I really thought the same thing about my 535 when I first started playing it. Any little mistake would ring through. The 535 has really cleaned up my playing again. I think that's a mark of a really good bass. It acurately reproduces the sound of the player. If your awsome, it will make you sound better. If you suck, it will make you sound even worse. It's a very unforgiving bass. My Grendel, believe it or not, actually is even brighter than the 535. Any little thing you do rings through. Both these basses are great, just not very forgiving.
  20. The only thing with any negative connotations I can say about Mike's basses (I'm awaiting my 4th) is that they are, as Halftooth says, unforgiving.

    For a while I was ashamed to play my 435 out because my clams and other mistakes really stood out. As I gained confidence, I came to enjoy that clarity. You can really hear the difference between a low F and an F#. When you flat that 7th by mistake, you hear it, even if the tone is deep & growly. I don't know if it's the Buzz Feiten tuning, or just Mike's attention to detail.

    Mike is a great guy and has really improved the art of Bass design. Compared to many other top instruments, Mike's basses provide great value.

    He makes the deal very easy and pleasurable, and you just can't go wrong in commissioning him to build an instrument.