MTD Heir

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr. Pitiful, Jan 31, 2003.

  1. Mr. Pitiful

    Mr. Pitiful

    Jan 22, 2003
    Fargo ND
    I am concidering this in my search for a new bass. If anyone has played one I would love to know about the tone. Does it have decent punch, or does it lack the on the low end?


    Mr. Pitiful
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Do a search.

    I hear alot of people say that the kingston has no "BOOM," Or low end. i didn't hear that about the heirs, i was thinking the neck pickup would help the lows alot!
  3. I have an Heir, which is my main 5 string. The neck pick-up helps allot. It has good punch. The tonal variety isn't out of this world, but good for a passive bass. I have my favorite tones and the Heir covers them fine. I've heard of people adding an on-board preamp (there's plenty of room in the cavity), and I might think about it sometime, but the tones are certainly good enough to stick with.

    The best thing about the Heir is the playability. It has a wide neck (I have only average sized hands and was concerned the wide neck would be a problem) but it is flat enough that it makes up for the width. The neck is tapered to the G string side, which also helps.

    The string spacing is 3/4" at the bridge, which is a bit wider than most 5 string basses I've played, and is what you'd find on a 4 stringer. Again, VERY comfortable to play. I've had many compliments on the sound. GREAT bass for the money.

    Hope this helps.
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

  5. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    VERY nice. gee, thanks, that made my day!:D
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    What can I say - I was going for the absurd...
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i think i missed something.
  8. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Ah, we need to go back and delete some posts guys! HeavyDuty edited a post some troll put some porn in. he put a water melon in it's place right before embelishers post.
  9. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    How much do these typically go for new or used?
    How much does it cost to change or add an onboard pre-amp such as an Aguilar, Bartolini, Seymore Duncan or Emg.
    And does anyone know how much and what type of pickups can be added (specific model numbers). Thanks.

  10. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I played one a few months ago a bass emporium, and I found it to be a nice, light, bass that was very well constructed for the money.
    I found the noise coming of the neck pickup to be unbearable. It's a single coil, and it would be a problem for me playing at church. Mike Tobaias told me they were experimenting with putting a humbucker in there, but so far nothing.

  11. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    i love the heir. dls59 is right about the playability. very well constructed. very fast neck despite the wide string spacing.

    i currently have a modded heir (active EQ and bart PUs), but back when it was passive, i got a pretty nice sound with a smiley face EQ on my AMP.
  12. Light? What kind of basses are you used to playing? My heir is one of the heavier basses that I've ever picked up. It balances well, though, so it's not unbearable, but it is not what I would call light. I really like mine. It's as good or better sounding, playing and looking than any bass I've ever played. I absolutle love the neck.
  13. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Where did you hear that? I did a pretty thorough search on Kingston, and did not see any comments like that.
  14. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    They are made of Basswood, they are very light. Of and I play a Yamaha BBG5S, it's about 9.5 to 10 pounds.
  15. I've had Heir for about ... eighteen months now, so I'm pretty familiar with them. It really doesn't seem to lack in any low end it just seems not to emphasize them as much as some other basses. It's just very well tonally and dynamically balanced, and the low end still retains growl. You won't get any super heavy dub sounds from it, but even a low B will be well defined (I don't really care for lots of thump - I like my sound bright:cool: ).

    The neck pickup is worth it... it gives the bass more tonal variety (esp. for slap).
  16. I forgot to add, the neck pickup is a bit noisy. Flourescent lights, neon signs, LED's etc. don't seem to bother it, but get anywhere near a computer monitor or television and prepare for some buzz. Most of the time, even the questionable noise gate on my Carvin combo can dial out all the buzz, but if worse comes to worse I simply turn the pickup down. It's only a problem if you're recording very near lots of computer equipment (have to turn of the monitors while recording).
  17. superphat


    Sep 30, 2001
    i too think it's a very light bass.
  18. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    the heir looks pretty nice.. any idea of how much one could expect to pay for a 5-string?
  19. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    Check that, just got this e-mail tonight...

  20. BoiNtC


    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA