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my new mtd 535

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by David Wilson, Dec 18, 2003.


  1. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I've been lusting after one of these for a long time... finally I managed to get one that BoogieBass hadn't snapped up :)

    So, mahogany body with flamed redwood top. Wenge/wenge neck. Perhaps not surprisingly, this reminds me of my Warwick Thumb 5 soundwise, but with more fundamental low end and tonal variety.

    People are right, it's a very unforgiving bass - you'll hear your mistakes in ringing detail. The slap tone is nothing short of astonishing, and with the wenge and mahogany the finger tone is very growly - just how I like it.

    Won't be able to rehearse with it for a while yet, but so far: wow!

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  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    back view
     
  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    close up of back
     
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    extreme close up of front - large picture!
     
  5. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I really like the look of those basses. Congratulations - suhwheet!
     
  6. sweet bass:D enjoy
     
  7. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    Man, that looks killer, David! Good thing I didn't see it first!!!;) Congrats. :D
     
  8. grooveguru

    grooveguru

    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Welcome to the club!
     
  9. Redwood! Awww yeah....
     
  10. CDuff

    CDuff

    Sep 14, 2002
    Europe
    ....can i have it?
     
  11. BoiNtC

    BoiNtC

    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    grr I'm still saving up for mine :p Sound clip?
     
  12. Ari

    Ari

    Dec 6, 2001
    Looks great !! And yes, soundclips please :)
     
  13. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    thanks everyone, so far she's been a dream to play.

    I'll try and get some soundclips done over the w/e
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    That is one beautiful bass!!!!!! :bassist:
     
  15. Shri

    Shri

    Feb 25, 2003
    France, Paris
    Congratulations !!! a very cute bass !! :cool:
     
  16. vanselus

    vanselus

    Sep 20, 2000
    Boulder, CO
    None
    DW you certainly pulled the trigger at the right time! I hope you don't regret it at all, since that be one purdy bass. I love flamed redwood!

    So tell us, how does she sound? I have a feeling your flea is gonna get really lonely. :D

    ps. The Fodera pre is on its way back to you today - sorry it took so long.
     
  17. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    It's very hifi yet dark and growly sounding at the same time. As I said, reminiscent of the Thumb sound due (I believe) to the dark woods. But there's more natural low end there due in part to the differing pickup placement.

    I was a bit confused at first, my Elrick has practically the same Bart preamp in it - it has the mid switch positions as 250 top, 500 middle, 800 bottom. With the MTD having them reversed (i.e. 1000hz top, 500 middle, 250 bottom), I did think the sound was a bit scooped when I first boosted the mids at 1000 thinking it was 250 :)

    Using the slap settings described by Mike, there's a great slap sound. I've found the best finger tones with blend towards bridge pup with bass round 80% , mids 80-90% and treble boosted 10-20%. Great thumping pick tone with the blend towards neck pup. Of course, I won't know how all this works in a band setting for a week or so but it sounds great so far.

    wrt the Flea. I don't think it'll get too lonely, I generally tend to take a 5 and a 4 to a gig so I'll probably alternate the Elrick/MTD with the Flea.

    The Flea, as you know, has it's own very special cutting sound, I redid a bass part for our album last week using the Flea and the slap tone sounds amazing recorded - no hiding that one in the mix either!

    oh, and no problems with the Fodera.
     
  18. mjw

    mjw

    Jun 12, 2001
    Spring, TX USA
    Yowza! Yet another MT work of art! If you ever grow tired of it and feel compelled to bequeath it to a fellow bassist.... ;)


    Congrats man!
     
  19. BassFiddle63

    BassFiddle63

    Oct 4, 2002
    Oklahoma
    It's nice to know I'm not the only Mahogany fan here :D

    VERY nice bass! ;)