For sale/For Trade a beautiful MTD 535-21 from 1995, very good shape, lightweight (3.7kg) and very rare with this woods configuration.
It's a bass from second year of the MTD's production (finished in December 1995), delivered with original brown hardcase and Mike's letter.
Its weight is really surprising for a 5 string and it is very balanced. The sound is filled with growl and presence, lots of low-mids and a really strong character.
This is according to Tobias, the sound he had in mind when he thought about the evolution he wanted to make by launching this new brand in the early 90s.
Here are specifications :
Body : Korina, lightweight whith a wonderlful golden color
Neck : Wenge, quartersawn, one piece, 4 screws bolt-on with asymetric profile
Fingerboard : One piece of Wenge
Scale : 35"
Frets : 21 + 1 frets silver/nickel in perfect shape
Headstock : 2 + 3 with Wenge veneer
Nut : Bone
Pickups : Originals MTD/Bartolini, inverted P pickups
Preamp : Original MTD/Bartolini, works with two battery, +/-9v configuration
Controls : Volume/Blend/Bass/Mids/Treble + Mediums frequencies switch 250/400/800 Hz
Tunes : Originals Gotoh GB707
Bridge : Original Wilkinson in perfect condition
Strings Spacing at Bridge : 19mm
Strings Spacing at Nut : 9mm
Knobs : MTD
Hardware color : Black
Trussrod : One working and perfect set up rod
Land of Craftsmanship : Handmade in USA
Weight : 3.7kg
This bass is very easy to play and the weight is super nice when you are standing. The bass has a few strokes and a few marks, but nothing bad for a bass of this age.
It’s an instrument that has been played and that resonates wonderfully. The sound is typical MTD, with snap and an unbeatable slap sound. The woods used really offer a very ample and imposing sound, with a very good definition and a really important presence in a mix.
You can see pictures in full HD here : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18LL6pQFNSi13FkmicCoRCf_hwKYAFCxp?usp=sharing
And listen a lots of soundclips here : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lENbaYYXVDuhg6jlYJiZX5azU6uf8fj3?usp=sharing
Don’t hesitate if you want additional photos or soundclips.
For exchanges I am quite open, I am interested in fretted or fretless basses, from 4 to 6 strings.
Rather looking for a Fbass, Leduc, Ken Smith, or whatever...
For information :
Price new in 1995: $ 3500 + $ 300 (Wenge neck and fingerboard) + $ 300 (Korina body) + $ 140 (Hardcase) = $ 4240 or current $ 7240 with dollar inflation
Current new price: $ 5,200 + $ 500 (Wenge neck and fingerboard) + $ 300 (Korina body) + $ 450 (Hardcase) = $ 6,450
3200£ is for average trade value.
For straight sale, price is negociable.
Bomb-proof shipping OK