fodera vs F bass vs MTD vs Ken smith

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JuanG, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. JuanG

    JuanG Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Guys..I'm thinking of buying a 5 string bass and I just went to fodera and love them!!! what about F basses and MTD, and ken smith??
    any comments on those?? pros and cons?? juan :bassist:
  2. Bernie Connors

    Bernie Connors Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2002
    Indiana, USA
    Use the search feature please. Those three basses are heavily discussed here.
  3. These are basses you can't even begin to talk about online. You have to get your hands on one. If you plan on spending more than $150 on a bass, you MUST try it first.

    That being said, I got a chance to A-B-C a Zon 519, FBass BN5, and an Alembic Custom Essence Balance K Omega 5. Out of these three, I liked the FBass best, Zon second, and Alembic third. I've played Ken Smiths and I personally don't care for the look. They always look lopsided to me. The tone is pretty nice though, but I would take the FBass first, easily. The FBass has a great natural tone, but it's so flexible that that FBass tone can be bent to fit any style of music.

    As for Fodera and MTD, I haven't had an opportunity to try them yet. Fodera seems to have a small but extremely loyal following. MTD seems to be the same way. These are bases you don't often see in the used market, so that should say something.
  4. godoze


    Oct 21, 2002
    Except they have no Smiths at the moment.

    yeah, with basses of this calibre you must play them. They are works of art and as we all know each work of art has specific nuances that must be experienced first hand in order to grasp their significance and magnitude.
  5. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Well, out of all three, for looks I love the Smiths, their tone is good but to me not very versatile. For tone and punch MTD, hands down. Fodera is the least liked out of the bunch, just not enough of either for the money you spend.
  6. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Do yourself a favor if you're looking for a 5. Try a Dingwall Prima, Prima Artist or custom Z series. Same price range as MTD, F, Etc. and they're extraordinary basses.
  7. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    I've only played F-Bass and Zon out of your list, but I own two F-Basses. They're fantastic and just as versatile as Discgraham said.
  8. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    On your list I've own a F Bass and a MTD, Foderas and Smiths, I've played and like tremendously, but its all about personal preference. They're all outstanding instruments, like everyone else says go out and try em and see what's for you.
  9. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    i've played each one, and the answer is to get one of each. :)
  10. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Okay there Bill Gates.... hahaha
  11. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I've played them all a lot, but never owned any of them you mention. A lot means extensively in stores multiple times, so take what I say with as you wish.
    My order of preference:
    1. F Bass
    2. MTD (close second)
    3. Fodera (could be #1 but I'll explain)
    4. Smith

    OK: All the basses you mentioned are great basses. If money is no object in this discussion then here's what I have to say:

    I love the F Basses. They are very versitile and I love the sounds and feel of those basses. They are consistantly superb.

    I love the MTDs too. Before I got my favorite (Roscoe), I was going to get an MTD. The asymetrical neck is real comfortable and the clarity of those instruments are superb. They tend to be a bit bright sounding for me though. Mike Tobias would work with you on different wood combinations to achieve what you are after.

    Fodera makes the best 4 string period. I love the sound of just about all their basses and the playability is wonderful. I have found on SOME of the Foderas that the B string can be somewhat loose. Not loose enough to call them floppy, but looser than I like. If I had my mind set on a Fodera 5 string, I would try it first. I wouldn't just order one. That's just me.

    Smiths are great basses too. Just not my cup of tea. They have a great and tight B string. Especially for a 34" neck.

    If you are on the East Coast I would recommend Bass Central. There is no substitute for putting the instruments in your hands and playing and listening. You can get a plane ticket for dirt cheap compared to the price of a $2,500- $6,000 bass. It would be a wise investment.

    Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it. There is no reason to rush into buying an expensive instrument. Take your time, try them all (and others too) and get what you want, when you want it.
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