I have always been curious about what the differences are between the Pre-Gibson Tobias basses, and the MTD's are. I have owned an MTD 535, and a Gibson Nashville made Tobias. I may be in the market for another one, and wanted to know which one I should target. The MTD I owned just seemed not to cut through the mix very well. It had the Tulip wood bottom, and the myrtle burl top. Any info would be very helpful.