Does this MTD sound like a Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Apr 25, 2019.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis


    I always hear about MTD's sounding modern and sizzly. This bass sound pretty mid focused and present in the mix, not unlike a P-bass. I wonder if many who dislilke the sound of MTD's really take the time the learn to eq the bass properly?
     
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  2. Whenever I see these monolithic tone descriptions of entire companies I think there is one person who listened to something, ignored any other possible settings, and then 50 other people repost it as gospel while having no idea of their own.

    I think most players on the internet have no idea their amp has knobs.
     
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  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I wouldn’t say that sounds like a P bass at all really. It does sound very similar to a lot of other MTDs I’ve heard wherein it’s clear and tight, somewhat compressed sounding, and the high end has a very high frequency range/no noticeable frequency rolloff.
     
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is fair. The thing that always sticks in my mind are the active Jazz guys who say soap bar MTDs cannot be heard in the mix only to hear albums and performance videos where the MTD is clear as a bell, not to mention major players who love them. My Pedulla PJ fretless is my favorite bass by a wide margin, but my favorite fretted basses are Jazzes. Despite that, to my ears, there are very few bad choices when it comes to types of basses one can use.
     
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  5. mbell75

    mbell75

    May 23, 2016
    Doesn't sound like a Fender P at all really. It sounds like a modern, active bass.
     
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  6. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    I was enjoying this MTD Kingston Super 5 on this cover.

     
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  7. fuzzychaos

    fuzzychaos

    Mar 17, 2008
    Ohio
    Regardless, it sounds good.
     
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  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    After re-reading your post, I realize that I seriously need to increase my vocabulary for describing how a bass sounds
     
  9. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Nah, you’re fine. Most people just think bass sounds like a John Lee Hooker song- boom boom boom boom.
     
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I am surprised at the this bass’ slap tone. I was expecting something sort Stingray like, but it reminds me of a PJ.
     
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  11. It does have a single coil sound, I wonder if he has split the coils?
     
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  12. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Dingwall-Fender-Bergantino-Dunlop-Tech 21-Darkglass-Nordstrand
    There is absolutely compression being applied to that bass track, so that’s at least part of it ;)

    Agreed though: it sounds nothing like a P bass, despite being significantly more mid focused than other MTD tones I’ve heard.

    Perfect for that track and the bassists playing style.
     
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  13. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    Does this MTD sound like a Fender?
    To me it doesn't.
     
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  14. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    The one thing nobody asks is what amp is he playing through. I like that type of tone, but could not get that out of my 6 string through the over 20 different amps I went through. That is until I got my Eden. I can also get close with my Genz Benz. I tried every eq setting and multiple brands of strings, but when it came down to it, it was the amp. I now run my bass set flat and pickup blend in the center. Then set my Eden with a slight boost on bass and mids and slight cut on treble. Sounds almost identical to the video. So maybe it isn't just the bass?
     
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  15. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Shoals Indiana
    This looks like the same model and the tone is totally different. So again could it be the amp?

    And this one once he starts playing.
     
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  16. wizard65

    wizard65

    Sep 1, 2014
    Doesn’t really sound like a P bass to me, sounds great though.
    Dammit, now I want an MTD!
     
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  17. I was about to post this. It sounds really good, and sits well in the mix, but it doesn't sound anything like a P-bass at all to me, either.
     
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  18. Exactly! I'd add that I think your playing style is very modern (and beautiful, I like it a lot). In my opinion, P wouldn't bring much to you, more likely it will hold you back. Be as you are and go on.
     
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  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is something I should have thought of also.
     
  20. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Thinking back to my original post, I should have just said that this is an MTD with nice, mid present tone that is certainly not being lost in the mix. That said, saying it sounded like a Fender certainly got more response.:laugh:
     
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