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Table Top MTD

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jonathan Starr, Dec 28, 2002.

  1. Here it is. My pocket cam really doesn't do it justice.



    It's a great sounding bass, consistent growl and depth and conplexity all the way from low B to way up there. It's a joy to play and behold.

    Mike's the Man.

    Here's some more jpegs:

    Jonathan's Bass Galleries


  2. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    Wow that really is a special bass. Is the neck koa also? What about the center of the body? You said it's growly - are we talkin' growly like ash? I've never played a koa bass so I'm curious. Looks awesome!
  3. Yes, the neck is curly figured koa. It's pretty 3D psychedelic looking.

    The body is alder with koa on both sides. The fingerboard is a perfect slab of ebony. It's voiced nice & warm, and doesn't need much eq, 2/3 bridge pickup and just a bit of high mids to accentuate the growel and it's perfect.


  4. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Wow....... hot cheese!!!!!!!:D
  5. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    Awesome, my bass has an alder body. I love it.
  6. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Nice Birdseye Koa! or should we say Owl's Eye? those eyes are the biggest that I've seen on any bass.
  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Wow... that is flashy but tasteful. Another 10 from Mike. Congrats!
  8. Jeff in TX

    Jeff in TX Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2000
    Lone Star State
    Very nice, J!

    Beautiful wood. Bet it sounds great!!

  9. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Mike does it again!! beautiful, Jonathan - congrats!
  10. LM Bass

    LM Bass

    Jul 19, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Hold the Phone!
    Yikes! I love that neck. Gorgeous! I had a koa fretless Elias bass back in the 80's and it had a really nice low mid peak, along with a nice growly note. You are lucky to have found the Koa, it's in short supply.
  11. WinterBass


    May 19, 2002
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Endorsing Artist: MTD
    I saw this bass when it was just a table in Mike's shop. I also saw it after the body was sanded out. It is an amazing bass. Congratulations! Play it in good health!
  12. Thanks for the good wishes.

    This one is hard to put down. It's got me on a program to improve my fretless chops in the coming year, so I can be worthy of it.

    Happy New Years to All.

    Best Aloha,

  13. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    nice bass, that neck is probably my favorite part!

    and when you mean "pocket cam" exactly what kind of camera are you using? cos it looks pretty nice to me...
  14. I'm using a Canon Powershot 350.

    This one caught some better light :



  15. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    It's beautiful. God bless.

    You must get a lot of enjoyment from playing that Koa goddess.

    What's her name?
  16. Man, that wood looks like it could be on high end furniture.

    Congrats! and if you ever want to make a donation to my bass collection let me know;)
  17. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Holy Smokes, Johnathan! That 535 is nothing short of incredible. Mike Tobias should get a pat on the back for that one. I'll trade you straight across for my 535??? I know that you've seen mine before.:)

    Funny, I started looking at the tables in my house.:D

    I also would like to hear about that Walter Wood?
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    How does the tone of the wood compare to the way it sounded as a table?
  19. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and best of luck

  20. Thanks guys,

    As a table, it was somewhat more percussive, great for slap, but it lacking in harmonic content. The electronics were a bit crude, the fretwork terrible and the finish sublime. It was also very difficult to balance with a strap.

    We're having a bit of a party tonight here at the ranch with some local artist friends, and I just finished a bit of solo seranade on the new instrument which had the folks up & dancing.

    This is the second unique masterpiece I have from Mike, and I'm a lucky man. He is the greatest.

    Here's a painting a friend did of my solar powered ranch where we're partying here in remote East Maui:




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