MTD 535/24 Chechen 10 top, Bloodwood f/b, Michael Tobias, Bass Direct, UK, USA, EU, for sale, on offer, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Warwick, Guitar, Active bass, five string, Bartolini


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MTD 535/24 Chechen 10 top, Bloodwood f/b


  1. Export price: £4416

  2. Please contact us for international shipping rates

  3. Please call or email if you wish to buy this bass.

  4. A stunning, hand build bass by US master luthier Michael Tobias. Featuring MTDs own brand of excellence combined with high quality materials give an instrument of the highest calibre. Featuring a stunning Chechen “10” top, 35” scale and 19mm string spacing - a unique, hand crafted instrument from one of the most respected builders in the USA.

  5. Weight: 4kg/8lb 15oz

  6. Actual instrument shown, please click on images to enlarge;

Standard features;

  1. Body - Alder

  2. Top - Chechen 10 top ( £100 option)

  3. Matching heal - (£65 option)

  4. Matching head - (£65 option)

  5. Custom knobs in matching wood and stain (£150 option)

  6. 2 Octave Neck - Maple (£130 option)

  7. Fingerboard - Ebony, 24 fret - (£200 option)

  8. Pickups - Custom MTD Bartolini soapbars

  9. Preamp  - Custom MTD Bartolini 3 band with 3 way mid switch

  10. Hardware  - Custom MTD bridge £75 option, Ultralight tuners

  11. Finish for body and neck is a satin catalyzed urethane.

  12. Weight - 4.1kg/9lb 2oz

  13. MTD Pro Tec case (£185 option)

MTD uses the licensed the Buzz Feiten Tuning System on all our basses, this revolutionary tuning system enhances tuning dramatically, allowing the player greater freedom of expression.

Made By Hand. For Life.

MTD Handmade American Basses are available in 4 (MTD435), 5 (MTD535), 6 (MTD635), and 7 (MTD735-24) string configurations. These basses all have 35″ scale bolt-on necks, with 21 fret (plus 0 fret) standard on the 4, 5 and 6 string models, 24 frets optional, 24 frets standard on MTD735-24. Standard necks are maple with a rosewood fingerboard. Ash necks are available at no extra charge. Optional fingerboards are Honduran rosewood, maple, zirocote, ebony and Rose of the Mountain have an additional upcharge. Wood body choices are medium weight ash, domestic tulip wood (aka eastern yellow poplar), alder, or mahogany.

The necks and bodies are available in a variety of combinations.

The most popular are woods combinations (with other combinations are available upon request) are listed below:

  1. Domestic tulip wood (aka poplar) with exotic top, maple neck, rosewood board

  2. Poplar body with exotic top, wenge neck and board

  3. Ash body with exotic top, maple neck and rosewood board

  4. Ash body, with exotic top, wenge neck and board

  5. Ash body with exotic top, maple neck maple board

  6. Ash body with exotic top, ash neck, maple board.

  7. Alder body with exotic top, maple neck ebony board

  8. Mahogany body with exotic top, maple neck maple board

  9. Mahogany body with exotic top, wenge neck and board

The MTD Standard Finish is a catalyzed acrylic urethane satin that looks and feels a lot like oil but is many times harder without building great thickness. This allows the bass to breathe, sounding more wooden. Other finished are available upon request.

MTD Handmade American bodies and necks are ergonomically carved to allow comfortable access to the extended scale bass. In general, ash (medium weight) has more growl and is more aggressive, poplar bodies have more punch, mahogany is more piano like with a slightly darker overall voice. Alder makes a very warm, big sounding, punchy bass, slightly compressed. Adding a top helps to focus the low end. A hard top tends to create a quicker response with more bite and definition while a soft top will tend to round out the voice.

A wenge neck and board add compression and focus to the speaking voice of the bass. A maple neck and rosewood board is more open and slightly warmer than a maple neck and maple board. Ebony on maple is very quick in its response with lots of snap. Michael Tobias has been trying ash as a neck material and found it to be leaning towards wenge but more “open”.

The pickups and active electronics are a proprietary design for MTD made by Bill Bartolini which consist of a master volume and pan pot, treble, mid, bass cut and boost, with center click (from neck to bridge). The three position switch selects the mid range cut and boost point. Down is lower mids, center is middle and up is upper mids. When the mid pot is at center click, the switch has minimal effect. The EQ has 2 batteries and is a +/- 9 volt system.

  1. There is great variety in the settings of the EQ. The basses can be made to sound very traditional by cutting the mids all the way at 1000 (switch in top position), and boosting the bass and treble to 10 with the blend pot at center. This offers a great slap tone. Boosting the mids at 250 ( switch in lower position), with bass at 10 and treble at 9-10 with the blend pot on the bridge pick up gives the early Bartolini TCT tone. This offers a very percussive finger tone. These are just suggestions. The tone will vary depending on the rig and technique used.

Bridges and tuners are custom manufactured for MTD Handmade American Basses by Hipshot.

MTD Handmade American Basses all use the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. This revolutionary tuning system enhances tuning dramatically, allowing the player greater freedom of expression.

Available Options

  1. “10″ Top (Price depending on choice of wood)”

  2. 24 Fret Fingerboard

  3. Birds Eye Maple Fingerboard

  4. Black Limba Body

  5. Chambers (semi-hollow body)

  6. Ebony Fingerboard, Honduran rosewood, Rose of the Mountain, other exotic woods.

  7. Epoxy Fingerboard (for lined or unlined fretless)

  8. Korina Body

  9. Laquer Finish
    (Sunbursts, See-through’s, Fades: red, coral blue, amber, tobacco, cherry)

  10. Lined Fretless

  11. Maple Fingerboard

  12. Matching Peghead Veneer (matches face of instrument)

  13. Matching Trussrod Cover (matches face of instrument)

  14. Matching Trussrod Cover (matches fingerboard)

  15. Piezo Bridge System (Ghost Piezo system in Hipshot A bridge with matching Bartolini preamp)

  16. Rubbed Oil Stain
    (Sunbursts, stains, Fades:chianti, amber, tobacco)

  17. Walnut Body

  18. Wenge Neck/Fingerboard (very limited supply)

“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.

After leaving Tobias Guitars at the end of 1992, and fulfilling my contractual obligations for consulting and non-competition with Tobias, I started building MTD (Michael Tobias Design) instruments at the beginning of 1994. There is more detail in the History section below.

I have a small shop in the town of Woodstock, New York, in which my part-time helpers and I currently produce about 10 instruments per month. I enjoy building instruments and consider myself quite lucky to be doing something daily that creates a great deal of satisfaction for my customers and myself.

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