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Mike Tobias in one of the World's most famous and respected bass builders having established a career in the 1970s with his Tobias basses. The Kingston range has been carefully designed to encompass all of Mike's ground breaking ideas in a more cost effective package. The range now includes the highly specified Andrew Gouche signature model and the new ZX models.


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MTD are some of the most revered and respected basses available today, the Kingston series have all been designed by Mike Tobias and are built to his exacting specifications in China using only high grade components and specially selected lightweight tone woods and finishes. You can be assured that every Kingston bass is a real "world class" instrument that offers exceptional value.


The Range;


The MTD Kingston CRB is the result of Michael Tobias wanting to create a classic rock bass that still includes many of his innovative design elements. Available in 4 and 5-string models, both with the tried-and-true 34" scale necks, this bass simply rocks. Michael took great pains to create a P-style pickup which is both beefy and articulate. Whether you are pounding 8th notes with a pick or flying high with your fingers, the CRB is the classic weapon of choice!


Specifications

List prices;

CRB 4 - £529

CRB 5 - £679

  1. -Available in 4 and 5-string models
    - Lefthanded and fretless models also available
    - 34" scale length on both 4-string and 5-string models
    - 21 medium jumbo frets
    - Zero fret 1-1/2" wide, 4-string
    - Zero fret 1-3/4" wide, 5-string
    - One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
    - Carved Basswood body
    - MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing 4 and 5-string
    - Double-action truss rod
    - Neck Options:available in Maple, Rosewood, or Ebony (fretless only)
    - Two controls:volume (500k audio taper) and tone (500k linear taper)
    - MTD passive P-style pickup
    - Shielded electronics compartment
    - Buzz Feiten Tuning System

  2. -Colour Options

  3. -Tobacco sunburst and Trans Black



The MTD Kingston Saratoga bass is a modern re-imagining of a classic J bass, at a budget-friendly price. It is Michael Tobias’ innovations like the asymetrical neck and Quick-Release bridge which sets the Saratoga apart from the crowd. The Saratoga is available in 4 and 5-string models, both with the classic 34" scale length.You can get this bass with either a tobacco sunburst or transparent black high gloss finish. The Saratoga is both classic and classy.


Specifications

List prices;

Saratoga 4 - £549

Saratoga 5 - £699

- Available in 4 and 5-string models
- Lefthanded and fretless models also available
- 34" scale length for both 4-string and 5-string models
- 21 medium jumbo frets
- Zero fret 1-1/2" wide, 4-string
- Zero fret 1-3/4" wide, 5-string
- One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
- Carved Basswood body
- MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing 4 and 5-string
- Double-action truss rod
- Neck Options:available in Maple, Rosewood, or Ebony (fretless only)
- Three controls:two volume knobs and one passive tone
- MTD passive, single coil J-style pickups
- Shielded electronics compartment
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System


Colour Options

- Available in either tobacco sunburst or transparent black high gloss finishes


  1. -
    - 34" scale 4-string; 35" scale 5-string
    - 24 medium jumbo frets
    - Zero fret 1-1/2" wide, 4-string
    - Zero fret 1-3/4" wide, 5-string
    - One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
    - Carved Basswood body
    - MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing 4 and 5-string
    - Double-action truss rod
    - Neck Options:available in Maple, Rosewood
    - Four controls:volume plus 3 band EQ


    - MTD exposed pole alnico MM pickups
    - Shielded electronics compartment
    - Buzz Feiten Tuning System
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- 34" scale 4-string; 35" scale 5-string
- 24 medium jumbo frets
- Zero fret 1-1/2" wide, 4-string
- Zero fret 1-3/4" wide, 5-string
- One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
- Carved Ash body with figured maple top
- MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing 4 and 5-string
- Double-action truss rod
- Neck Options:available in Maple, Rosewood,
- Five controls:volume, blend, plus 3 band EQ

- MTD exposed pole alnico J and MM pickups
- Shielded electronics compartment
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System



  1. -
    - 34" scale 4-string; 35" scale 5 string
    - 24 medium jumbo frets
    - Zero fret 1-1/2" wide, 4-string
    - Zero fret 1-3/4" wide, 5-string
    - Zero fret 2-1/8" wide, 6-string
    - One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
    - Carved Mahogany body with Maple Burl top
    - MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing 4 and 5-string
    - MTD quick release bridge 18mm spacing on 6- string.
    - Double-action truss rod
    - Neck Options:available in Maple, Rosewood, or Ebonol (fretless only)
    - Five controls:volume, blend, plus 3 band EQ

    - MTD passive, wood covered soap bar pickups
    - Shielded electronics compartment
    - Buzz Feiten Tuning System





 


The MTD ZX is a very special instrument made for serious players. Available only as a 5-string, the ZX features a carved Mahogany body with a maple burl top and finished in a stunning translucent black gloss. The ZX comes loaded with custom Bartolini pickups and preamp, hand-installed in the US. This bass has an extremely wide range of tones and will fit perfectly in any genre of music.

Specifications

List price;

ZX5 - £2149

- Available in 5-string
- 35" scale
- 24 medium jumbo frets
- Zero fret 1-3/4" wide, 5-string
- One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
- Carved Mahogany body with Maple Burl top
- MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing
- Double-action truss rod
- Maple, Rosewood and Ebonol (fretless only) Fingerboards
- Five controls:volume (with push/pull preamp bypass), blend, treble
control, mid control (with push/pull mid shift: 250Hz - 800Hz.) and bass control

- Custom Bartolini pickups and special active Bartolini 3-band preamp*
- Shielded electronics compartment
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System
- Smoked chrome hardware
  1. *Michael Tobias comments on the custom Bartolini electronics: "They are proprietary parts made especially for us….not commercially available. The pickups are a version of the xxP2c (4 string is the BC shell; 6 string is the P4 shell) and the preamp is a modified 5.2. push pull active/passive on the volume and p/p mid shift at 250/800."

  2. *


Michael Tobias and legendary bassist Andrew Gouche worked together to create the MTD Kingston AG, an amazing bass with many custom features that were personally selected by Andrew himself.

In Michael Tobias's own words, "This is a sweet sounding bass."


Specifications

List prices;

AG5 - £2099

AG6 - £2299

- Available in 5 and 6-string versions
- 35" scale
- 24 medium jumbo frets
- One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
- Alder body with Maple Burl top
- MTD quick release bridge, 3/4" (19mm) spacing
- Double-action truss rod
- Purpleheart fingerboard
- Five controls:volume (with push/pull preamp bypass), blend, treble
control, mid control (with push/pull mid shift: 250Hz - 800Hz.) and bass control

- Bartolini pickups and active Bartolini 3-band preamp
- Shielded electronics compartment
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System
- Smoked chrome hardware



"I am Michael Tobias, and I have been building instruments since 1974. I started in Washington, D.C., working in The Guitar Shop and doing repairs for a time to learn about other luthiers' instruments and construction methods. Most of my early work was on acoustic instruments. I worked on a great variety of instruments including Martin, Gibson, Fender, Kohno, Ramierez, banjos and mandolins, harp guitars and even a few sitars.

The most important thing I learned is that, no matter what the instrument is, it is first and foremost acoustic. If an instrument sounds weak acoustically, adding pick-ups will just amplify its shortcomings. Throughout my career I have tried to apply this principal to everything I build. By experimenting with different types and combinations of wood, I seek to get the best possible tone from an instrument. And, by using different woods for body and neck, I am able to offer a wide variety of speaking voices and tonal capabilities.

Music has evolved over the years but there are still a few basic and fundamental constants; rules that must be dealt with. The instrument must satisfy the creative and emotional needs of the owner and it must play in tune.

 

Tel: 01926 886433








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