I always love getting a bass that has some wear like this bass does – it’s the telltale sign of a great playing instrument. This bass will not disappoint – MTD tone for days, super low action, sexy top.
There is wear in certain spots – the top has a small finish ding by the controls, there are minor glossy wear spots, the pickups covers show some wear, as does the bridge and controls. But this bass is still a stunner, and is one of the best playing basses I’ve seen.
This bass is 35″ scale with 24 frets. The neck and body are hand finished with an epoxy base coat and catalyzed urethane topcoat. This should make a great feeling and durable finish. Upkeep on the finish is simple.
The truss rod is a true double acting rod and will adjust in both directions.
The body is ash with a crotch walnut top. The neck is maple with a maple fingerboard. The pick-ups and active electronics are custom made by Bill Bartolini. The controls are: master volume and a pan pot, treble, mid, bass cut, and boost, with the center click (from neck to bridge). The three position switch selects the mid range cut and boost point. Down is lower (250); center is middle (500) and up is upper mids (1000) when the mid pot is at the center click, the switch has minimal effect. This eq has 2 batteries and is a +/-9 volt system. There is a trim pot inside the control cavity to adjust gain.
MTD 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.
Weighs 9lbs 9oz. Comes with an MTD Hardshell case.