My New Toy

In early 1999, I finally acquired my dream bass, a Michael Tobias Design (MTD) 535. I'd played a few of these basses as they came through Veneman's Music and after making the decision to jump into the 5 string world (after 20 years of nothin' but 4), the MTD 535 had to be it. To me, it had the absolute best feeling B string, incredible sound, and amazing feel.

First, a picture, thanks to Eric L. Keep reading if you're interested in details and a review of the bass.

Completed:January 14, 1999
Model #:MTD 535
Series #:403
Body wood:Domestic tulipwood
Top wood:Spalted maple burl
Neck/board wood:Wenge
Finish: Epoxy basecoat, oil/urethane topcoat
Configuration: fretted 5-string bolt-on
Scale length:35"
Frets:22 w/ zero fret
Hardware: Black Hipshot tuners and bridge with Bass Extender ("D-tuners") on both the B and E strings.
Electronics: Custom-made Bartolini +/- 9 volt active pickups and EQ.
Controls: Master volume, pickup pan, treble, mid, bass boost and cut; 3 position switch selects mid range boost/cut point (250hz, 500hz, 1000hz).
(in the bottom picture, only the one on the left is mine!)


Under construction!