Over the years I've learned that walking into a bass store with money is a dangerous thing. Take today, f'r instance. I spied this really nice MTD 535, tried it for about three minutes, and bought it on the spot. Why? Don't ask me, I don't know. I need another bass like I need a hole in the head. And I'm going to catch all kinds of grief tomorrow morning. But this is a VERY NICE bass. I'm very impressed. I tried four MTD 535's in the last week, and this one surpasses all the rest by a long mile. It has an ash body, and an ash neck (that's right, one of a handful that Mike made recently). Maple board, and maple top (what they call "blister maple", which is actually quite quilt-like). I couldn't resist that faded blue jean look. The bass was calling out to me when I was in the store, I could hear it, teasing, quietly, "buy me, buy me". Guess I'm just a sucker for a nice bass. I should probably go to Gasaholics Anonymous.