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A killer bass if you've got the hands.
MTD's Kingston KZ 6-string bass bass is loaded with reversed split-coil humbucking pickups wound to exacting specs attractively housed under burled maple covers. acive electronics, tuned by Michael Tobias, offer bass, mid and treble tone controls, pickup blend and master volume. All of the circuitry is tucked in a shielded body cavity to ensure an extremely low noise floor.
- 35" scale
- 24 medium jumbo frets
- One-piece neck w/satin polyester finish
- Carved mahogany body with maple burl top
- MTD active wood covered soapbar pickups.
- Shielded electronics compartment
- MTD quick release bridge, 3/4"
- Double acting truss rod
- Controls are volume; blend, treble, midrange, bass
- Buzz Feiten Tuning System
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- Rock Concerts
- School Bands
- Small Venues
Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass:
Great idea for a custom maker to offer a production model at a lower price point. This bass is not inexpensive but the quality and playability are very high. The asymetrical neck carve is very comfortable and actually helps my fretting hand stay in proper position. Pickups and electronics are very good with a wide range of sound adjustment for most any style. I mess round with a bit of every kind of music, but mostly play contemporary praise and worship. It gives me all the variety of sound I've needed so far. Inside there are lots of wires, so I probably won't try any modifications. The quick release bridge works well for quick string changes. On mine, anything bigger than a .130 low B string will need to have a tapered end to fit. Tuners work well and hold tune well. String spacing at the bridge is actually 18mm on the 6-string and 19mm (3/4") on the 4 and 5-string basses. I would have preferred 19mm for my big hands and lack of skill, especially for slapping and to be the same spacing as my Jazz bass, but the spacing is still wider than most 6-stringers if that is important for you. The appearance and finish are first-class. It looks absolutely beautiful! Everywhere I take it, even non-musicians want to look at it. Maybe it is the burled/spalted(?) maple top. The only negative for me is that the balance is a bit neck-heavy. However a little bit of weight in the electronics cavity and a suede strap keep it in place fine. I bought mine used and e-mailed the U.S. distributor who contacted Mr. Tobias who offered to help if I was unable to work out the balance. They stated that their basses are known for not being neck heavy. Maybe I had one with a heavier neck and lighter body. Not sure as I've never been able to play another one. Total weight, however is noticeably lighter than my Fender Jazz 24. Over all though, this is easy to play, sounds great and catches people's attention. If the balance was better then this would be a perfect bass for what I need. I probably will never pay this much for another bass, but would do it again for one of these!
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