MTD Michael Tobias Beast 4 Reviews
Daddy's Junky Music Store.
Used but like new and tagged
so cheap [$200] that I just
*had* to play it.
Its got a Bartolini JJ passive with
a single tone knob that really has
a wide range of tones [unlike some
2-knob tone controls on many basses
that seem to do little or nothing].
It's light weight but with kick-butt
JJ low end, and then you start blending
in shimmering higher end that most JJs
can't find anywhere on any knobs.
The neck is not too fat, with a 24 fret
scale and real zero fret. The fret
board is wenge, which may explain some
of the butt-kicking. I was able to set
a decently low action with no problems.
The neck itself features MTD Tobias's
assymetrical profile, thicker behind the
bass side, thinner behind the treble.
Mine is a pearlescent white that looks
great with the black strap, PUPs and
It has two volume knobs while I'd
rather it had a fader. It has a
bit of single-coil noise when the
pickup gains are set more than
slightly different from each other
[but quieter than many other JJs].
Being light, it doesn't give that
immediate "rock-solid" feel, but
as time passes you realize it's a
really well-built bass. MTD sends
the wood to Prague and then finished
bodies and seperate finished necks
are recieved in NY and assembled by
Mr. Tobias. Hardware and electrics
are also installed at MTD.
A light weight kickbutt JJ with
all 24 frets and no shortcomings.
This is a FIVE. Fender [CBS] is
asleep at the wheel this time.Golem
rated this unit
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