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MTD's Kingston KZ 5-string bass is loaded with reversed split coil humbucking pickups wound to exacting specs and attractively housed under burled maple covers that match the top wood. The active elec... Click To Read More About This Product

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MTD's Kingston KZ 5-string bass is loaded with reversed split coil humbucking pickups wound to exacting specs and attractively housed under burled maple covers that match the top wood. The active electronics, tuned by Michael Tobias, offer bass, mid and treble tone controls, pickup blend and master volume. All of the circuitry is tucked into a shielded body cavity to ensure an extremely low noise floor. The Buzz Feiten tuning system will keep your intonation dead on. 35" scale, 24-fret neck, MTD Quick-Release bridge, and a double-action truss rod are other pro features.

  • 35" scale
  • 24 medium jumbo frets
  • Zero fret 1-3/4" wide
  • One-piece neck with satin polyester finish
  • Carved mahogany body with maple burl top
  • Available in fretless or left-handed models
  • MTD active wood covered soap bar 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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MTDKingston KZ 5-String Bass

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


very nice bass

By Charlie

from Cleveland Ohio

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

I was originally going after a Kingston Heir 5, but got the Z instead. Pros: Great finish detail. The burl top is beautiful. The neck joint is solid. The neck feels great, the offset shape is very comfortable. The fretboard is fairly flat and wide enough to be playable. The sound of the bass is excellent! The pickups and EQ combined with the 35" scale provide good, solid notes all the way down to the low B without ever getting flaby or thin. This makes the B string really usable. Cons: The fret work was generally good, producing no buzz from high frets. However, I had to dress the fret ends to remove sharp edges. It is now fine since that was done. I don't like the battery cutout with a screwed-on cover. The simple act of battery replacement now requires tools and takes too much time. C'mon, you guys, flip-out battery holders have been standard on other basses for a long time! The output signal could use some more chutzpah. The tone is excellent, but not very loud. Not a huge problem, just an observation. Now that I have everything dialed in, I love the bass, and recommend it to anyone who asks

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Mean bass, great sound

By Bass Freek

from New York

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

I've had this bass for about 2 years now. I made the transition from 4 to 5 on this bass, and I'm never going back. I couldn't fathom finding another bass that plays the way this does for the same or a lesser price. I love how the action can sit nice and low (I set my action at 2/32" on the bass side and 1/32" on the treble and still no buzz. Fretwork was done cleanly, and consistently. All I had to do to make it my own was throw on a block of quartersawn purpleheart between the pickups to control attack, but thats just for my playing style. I've played Ritter basses that still don't do what this does for me. All in all, I don't think I'll ever let this one go, and it will only become number 2 if I acquire funds for an MTD American.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Cost Effective Excellence!

By D

from Mansfield, TX

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

Okay. So I absolutely live this instrument! This bass is extremely solid for a Bolt-On and has wonderful action. The EQ provides a lot of options for tone. The only irritant is the battery pack. You have to open it with a screwdriver. So annoying! Other than that... I wouldn't change a thing.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Bass


from nashville

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

Fantastic bass for the price. Plays great, feels great and looks fantastic. Comparable to a Lakland

(29 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Its a Beauty!

By John

from Los Angeles, California

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

Well crafted bass, the design made the material used a lot more expensive. Very nice ergonomics. I personally like the wide neck. And I like how flexible you can tweak the sound from really clean and low to a growly sound. What I dont like though is that you have to unscrew the battery pack at the back in order to replace batteries. But overall for its price.. Definitely a winner.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Love it!


from Northern CA

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

Before I begin to gush let me first state that products seldom live up to my expectations. This bass has met or exceeded my expectations in every area! I am primarily a guitar player but I have owned or played regularly Fenders, Tunes, Conklins and Musicmans. This one takes the cake. The tone is very clear and articulate. Using the eq and blend knobs you can change from extremely (obnoxiously) bright to smooth 'no attack' thump. I have large hands so some things like slapping on any but the top most string has always been an issue for me. With this beauty I can slap the B, E and A strings. The action is awesome, the tone is incredible, could it get any better? Yes, it also looks gorgeous. I have the 5 string tobacco burst. Fit and finish are perfect. Did I mention it is very light weight? I have played basses several times the cost of this one but they are a distant second to the MTD Kingston KZ. Thanks Mr Tobias!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


great mid price bass with big time features

By IanRc

from Puerto Rico

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

I wanted to replace my original Tobias Killer-B made in the early 90s with something modern that would still retain the amazing sound that all Michael Tobias Basses have. I tried many other bases and none felt like the Killer-B Did. I finally found it with the MTD Kingston KZ-5. The feel is very familiar and very balanced. I love the wood covered pickups that remind me of the bartolinis that my other bass has. The action right out of the box was great and the look is very expensive. The only gripe is that the Bass at full open position, sounds like my other bass at almost 3/4. But the mid and high are perfect!The sound is very natural and the slaps sound like they should.I like the natural sound so much that I removed all my procesors and went stright to the amp!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Tobias Quality at a Great Price

By Yarbicus

from Northwest

Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 5-String Bass:

Anyone that knows Michael Tobias' basses knows that they are the best of the best. I always wanted one but the ones coming out of Gibson (Tobias brand) are pretty bad. Now, with MTD, he is doing what many others are: body and neck made overseas but everything put together in the States. All I can say is "Wow!"The only reason I gave 4.5 for features is that the pickups are only a 9v system rather than the more standard 18v these days. Frankly, I don't mind, but there is less raw output. Don't worry; the tone is all there and that is all that matters.If you want a bass that sounds and plays as well as it looks and feels, this it!

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