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SOLD MTD 535 flamed redwood

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ganttbos, Dec 19, 2017.


  1. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    Price:
    $2800
    Strings:
    5
    Location:
    Louisiana
    I acquired this beauty in a trade deal.

    Here is the thread with details and pics:
    TRADED - MTD 535-24 Flamed Redwood
    As stated in this thread the previous owner had the neck converted from fretless to fretted. I can testify that the result is top notch. The intonation is spot on and the fretwork is immaculate. Please note that there is no zero fret as usually found on Mike's necks.

    More pics below.
    Price is lowered into deliberate temptation range. No trades please.
    Shipping free CONUS.
    MTD 1.jpg MTD 2.jpg MTD 3.jpg MTD 4.jpg MTD 5.jpg
     
  2. bearhart74

    bearhart74

    Feb 26, 2009
    curious.. how does the missing zero fret affect the intonation? and if its spot on what was done to compensate?
     
  3. brstma

    brstma my dog is an awesome dog Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2008
    Florida
    that's the nicest redwood top I've seen - wish I could afford it!


    As a fretless I believe it would be scaled without the zero fret to begin with
     
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  4. TheMartianBassist

    TheMartianBassist Supporting Member

    May 30, 2015
    San Diego
    Absolutely no trades?
     
  5. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    IMG_0156.JPG A fretless has just a nut and no zero fret. I found the pic above in a TB for sale thread advertising a fretless 535. When adding frets to a fretless fingerboard there isn't space for a zero fret. Can someone more knowledgable chime in with a better explanation?

    Using a tuner to check intonation on the fretted neck confirms its accuracy. As stated by the previous owner in his thread the Buzz Feiten tuning system is not preserved.

    And please, no trades.
     
  6. BaileyMan

    BaileyMan Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2012
    San Francisco
    What a beauty!
     
  7. s_wood

    s_wood Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Delaware (USA)
    That used to be my bass!

    I can vouch for the fact that it intonates perfectly, sounds great and looks amazing!

    GLWTS!
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2018
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  8. Joe BassPlayer

    Joe BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Georgia
    On a fretless you typically want to have the nut slot cut deeper than on a fretted bass. Since a zero fret would set the string height higher than a fretless player would typically want, I'm sure that Mike just build the neck/fingerboard so the witness point for strings is at the finger board side of the nut (which would be correspond exactly where the zero fret would have been set).
    Plus, while open strings resonating off of a zero fret matches the sound of the strings resonating off the other frets (as you ascend the finger board), on a fretless you would prefer that the open strings resonate off of non-metallic material.

    Beautiful bass! Definitely one of the nicest looking redwood tops that I've seen.

    GLWTS
     
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  9. Strokey

    Strokey Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2006
    Florida
    Such a cool bass!
     
  10. Strokey

    Strokey Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2006
    Florida
    PMed. I’m very interested.
     
  11. impacs

    impacs

    Nov 12, 2012
    Largo, FL
    Is this bass still available?
     
  12. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    Yes
     
  13. impacs

    impacs

    Nov 12, 2012
    Largo, FL
    Could I interest you in a very nice Warrior 5 string bass as a trade?
     
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  14. RussT

    RussT Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Toronto
    Do you know if this was a lined fretless to begin with?
     
  15. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    Not interested in the Warrior but thank you for your offer.

    No, I don't know whether the fingerboard was lined. But you might try PM'ing the seller in the purchase thread I linked in my above post.
     
  16. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    I've had 7 offers, 3 for trades and 4 for less money. I turned them all down - those for less money because I find the inevitable haggling distasteful. I accepted the latest offer, feeling that perhaps I needed to give buyers more of a chance. The haggling began and I answered many questions but was ultimately unable to close the deal. When I reluctantly called an end to the stalling the potential buyer claimed that his situation had changed and he needed to withdraw the offer for lack of cash due to personal reasons. I'm sure every seller on TB knows the drill and can relate to my whining . So the MTD is back on the block. $2800 shipped CONUS, no trades please.
     
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  17. MarTONEbass

    MarTONEbass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2009
    Norton, MA
    If I can sell my Lakland, I'm all over this.
     
  18. timtyler8821

    timtyler8821 Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    California
    Keeping my eyes on it. I would love to have it.
     
  19. timtyler8821

    timtyler8821 Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    California
    19mm string spacing?
     
  20. ganttbos

    ganttbos The Professor Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    New Orleans area
    Hey Tim,
    No, looks like 18 mm with a straight edge ruler. I don't have a caliper.
     
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