1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)


Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fire-Starter, Sep 23, 2005.

  1. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    MY gas is just about complete, I have one more bass I want to get, I want a fretless, and I want a MTD USA, my only issues is, I must let one of my basses go, I think it would be the Alembic Rogue5, but my one concern is this....

    1: I never have played a MTD USA and I dont want to be sorry if I get rid of my Rogue and dont like the MTD USA :meh: there is one for sale here on TB, and I have been kind of drooling over it, it would sure complete my collection oc basses I have always wanted to have, well...........

    I could really use some help from my fellow TBER'S, I am open to advice. :confused: :confused:
  2. bassthumpa


    Aug 31, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Is there a dealer near you? If so, go check one out first hand.
  3. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    My MTD has been my favorite bass for many years now. They are wonderfully made instruments. However... the tone variability across the MTD line depending on different woods, etc. is the widest I've ever experienced. I have a wenge neck, swamp ash body, maple top. I've played some maple neck and ash neck instruments, and they sounded NOTHING like my wenge/swamp ash. Not better or worse, but like it wasn't even the same model and brand of bass. Also, the 24 fret models have a different body size and neck profile. So... my point is, it's a difficult line of basses to buy sight unseen... I love mine... I've totally disliked a number of others I've played. I'd highly recommend (as stated above) somehow trying a few. On the fretless side, the walnut models are supposed to be amazingly warm, and the ash with ash neck models (there's one used on the Austin Bass Trader site) are very growly and aggressive.... very different.

    Good luck :)
  4. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Mike makes an amazing fretless - as a matter of fact he's making mine this month! :hyper:

    We've had a bunch of fretless MTD's here over the last few months. They all sound different and, to Ken's point above, you really need to try a few out or work with someone who can help you pick a combo that will work for you. I have some personal favorites but, depending on what sound you're ultimately looking for, they may or may not work for you and your style.

    If you have a specific sound in mind, shoot me a PM or an email and I'll try and help you work through a few options.

  5. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member

    So, where are you located? Maybe someone near you has one they would be willing to let you play.

    Dan K.
  6. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I've played a 435 maple/Rosewood/ash that had super thick midrange punch (when eq'd a bit), and a wenge/tulipwood 535 that had an unreal B string, the lowest action I've ever played, and crisp zingy tone.

    I've also heard Norm Stockton play 15 feet away, and he has the sweetest slap tone!

    I do imagine you'd want to at least play one or two before you consider giving up your beloved Alembic for one.
  7. Fire-Starter

    Fire-Starter Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    I am in Minneapolis MN. Thanks.
  8. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member

    Well, that leaves me out - I'm in San Diego. Anyone else volunteer?

    Dan K.
  9. If someone buys me one, I'll gladly go there to let him try it out.... anyone?