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My new MTD Kingston Neck - Whoo Hoo! (oops, wrong group)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, May 8, 2002.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
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    after waiting a few weeks, i finally picked up my new UNLINED PHENOLIC MTD Kingston neck this morning.

    just attached it.

    some minor saddle and intonation setup....

    BAM!

    not an overwhelming diff in tone, but noticeable.

    no more lines!!! YIP YIP!!!!!!!

    all black...no pickguard!!!

    she sure is purdy.

    f
     
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    You know the drill... pics!
     
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    charged up the digi-cam.

    took a slew of pics...

    dang, can't find my usb cable.

    :p

    soon!!!

    lookin' charp!

    f
     
  4. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    found the cable...

    SOON SOON!!!

    f
     
  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    okee...

    here are a few, some more at clubphoto.

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    BIG DIFF between the K5 and the ZON.

    the Zon is still my baby.

    but, the Kingston with this neck sure gives it a run!!!

    still talking to JZ about my 2002 Zon.

    f
     
  6. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    by the way...can you tell how much i've played this thing from the wear on the ebony fretboard?!?!

    oh, and...ICK......ignore my toes.

    EWWWWWWWWWW....fungi-nail!!!!!!!!

    :cool:

    f
     
  7. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    Cool! I recogonyz that whoo-hoo...
    is them the toes ya play it with?

    the bass looks great! Don't you need some black tape-wounds for the whole stealth vibe? You could cap the poles wit summat and maybe the whole thing'd disappear...
     
  8. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Sexy!

    With that slanted neck joint and without the pickguard it's looking more like a Sei. Pretty sweet deal you got there.

    My Kingston (fretted 4, courtesy of Ryan Morris ) is in the mail. Pearl white, though :)
     
  9. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Oh sweet Jebus! That is BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe a Kingstong looks that nice. How's you get that black plastic in the neck pocket? Just cut some tht as handly, or what? Man, If I could do that, oh man oh man...
     
  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    thanks xush, geshel, and Brendan.

    Brendan, that neck pocket cover came with the unlined neck.

    its just thin plastic. i'm sure it would be pretty easy to make.

    she sure is an eye catcher...i'm pretty friggin' stoked...$450. a real player!!!! i did a minor truss rod adjustment and got the neck fairly flat, with that and pretty low string height....this thing GRRRRRRZZZ!

    i don't think MT is making the phenolic neck anymore. from what he told me, this is the only unlined neck for the Kingston out there.

    WHOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ;)

    fred
     
  11. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX

    Yeah...well...I like lines anyway! So there!

    :p
     
  12. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
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  13. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    Brendan,

    i'm shipping the neck to Michael Tobias.

    the unlined phenolic was a trade for what the Kingston came with.

    fred
     
  15. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    funny, i was just thinking this week about ripping the frets out of my MTD Heir 5.
    what did the "trade" with Mr. Tobias cost you?
    that might be a good option for me too~
     
  16. Looks pretty good without a pickguard! How thick is the plastic piece that covers the neck pocket? I guess that's the whole point of the pickguard, right - To cover up that spot?
     
  17. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    big tone difference between ebony and the phenoic?
     
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    Rodan: i didn't take my calipers to that little piece, but from memory, i'd say its about 1.5 millimeters (1/16"). as far as its function: definitely decorative.

    SRG: the tone is different...a touch more mwahhh and grrr...

    how's that for technical?

    fred
     
  19. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    Josh,

    yes, there is more "zing", especially above the 5th fret.

    kinda reminds me of my old Pedulla Buzz...

    but dang, if it ain't a hell of a lot punchier down low.

    i've had some e-mails from people interested in buying this from me...i remembered that bassalone.com had a fretless Kingston 5 with a lined phenolic neck on their website for months.

    now, its not even listed as sold.

    hmmmmm...

    the mind reels.

    f
     
  20. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Congrats of the fretless K, fhodshon. i did the same thing to a fretless k some time back- not the unlined thing, but the truss cover thing- it worked great- got an offer on it i couldnt refuse BECAUSE of the mod- but i have to admit- the unnlined looks very clean!!- enjoy!