SOLD MTD USA Saratoga 5

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Sithian, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Sithian

    Sithian Operator! Give me the number for 9-1-1!

    Aug 17, 2008
    New Jersey
    New Jersey
    Up for trade is MTD USA Saratoga 5 #2364. This is Mike's version of the jazz bass, but undoubtedly an MTD. Nice low action, and a very playable neck. Here is a review of a very similar specced Saratoga to sum things up:

    MTD Saratoga 5-String (Review)

    The details:

    -Alder Body
    -Maple Neck
    -Rosewood Board
    -Bartolini USA Saratoga electronics - volume, blend, bass, treble, push/pull mids (400/800Hz), passive tone control, active passive switch, and Bartolini single coil jazz pickups
    -8 lbs 10 oz
    -19mm String Spacing
    - 34" Scale
    - Includes MTD gig bag

    There are a few small dings, and the small specks on the lower bout appear to be on the surface- you cannot feel them with your hand nor are they through the finish. I took a lot of pictures for full transparency- overall the bass is in very good condition.

    Priced to sell at $2700 shipped (and reduced! :hyper:), and can meet for a local sale.

    Please ask questions via private message. Thanks for looking!


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    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
  2. timtyler8821


    Oct 1, 2011
    Not thinking about selling?
  3. Sithian

    Sithian Operator! Give me the number for 9-1-1!

    Aug 17, 2008
    New Jersey
    Funny you should ask.... :)
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  4. GeeBass

    GeeBass Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2004
    North/Central NJ
    I had an opportunity to play this bass - and I can testify that it is a killer! Plays and sounds amazing, and beautiful condition.
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  5. pedulla-2007

    pedulla-2007 Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    Are these basses comparable to the 535's? Wondering about the difference in sound between soap bars and jazz pickups. The stain/paint job is so distinctive . Guess I will have to check these out on Youtube! GLWYS! Just checked out this incredible bass, it is called a "USA Custom" and sounds incredible, leave it to Mr Tobias to cover every taste in tone. It is also priced very competitively, as the new basses are priced at 3,600. Be still my heart!
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  6. Sithian

    Sithian Operator! Give me the number for 9-1-1!

    Aug 17, 2008
    New Jersey
    In my opinion this bass (and MTD Saratoga's) are more of a sum of the whole rather than a soapbar/jazz pickup comparison. The Saratoga's are Mike Tobias's interpretation of the jazz bass. The sonic spectrum is a bit narrower than the 535s (more Fenderish), but the Saras still look, feel and sound like MTDs. Very unique amongst all the jazz basses out there, and like all MTD's each has its own unique qualities. Really amazing instruments.

    And a price reduction to $2700 on this one to boot! :hyper:
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
  7. Argh, if only I didn't have a Home deposit I'm saving up for...
  8. sammybass61

    sammybass61 Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    Kissimme Florida
    Can you trade
  9. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    Bass Player magazine gave this instrument very high marks- a very favorable review
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  10. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    I went to NAMM once, and played a Saratoga at Mike's booth...blown away. The action was so low and buzz-free, it almost played itself.
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  11. timtyler8821


    Oct 1, 2011
    Still looking at this