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MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass Tobacco Sunburst Maple

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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 To... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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MTDKingston KZ 6-String Bass

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


A boutique bass at a production price!

By Music lover-o5rF1

from central Illinois

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • 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!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



    By Justin

    from Tallahassee, Florida

    Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass:

    This is an excellent bass, i quite enjoy playing it, the quality is really good and i like it with my tones all the way up, if you have the hands for it i would seriously consider buying this product.

    (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


    Bood bass

    By Jennifer

    from Lowell, IN

    Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass:

    This is an excellant bass, i quite enjoy playing it, the quality is really good and i like it with my tones all the way up, if you have the hands for it i would seriously consiter buying this product.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Great basses

    By John Grealish

    from Wilmington, MA

    Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass:

    I tried one of these out at a store and loved it, the sound was amazing and it was very easy to play. The body artwork is very nice and that would also be very attractive to bassists looking to get a nice 6 string

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Good Bang for your Buck

    By Kevin Golden

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass:

    The MTD KZ-6 is a solid bass guitar for the price. I purchased this bass about 5 months ago to compliment my Pedulla Thunderbass 5-string. I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of playability. Partly responsible for this is the quality initial setup and MTD's asymmetrical neck (gets thinner toward the higher strings). In addition, its surprisingly light weight for a 6-string has enabled my to give this almost equal playing time as my Pedulla (this matters if you're a gigging musician)! Now I must include that I'm somewhat less than impressed with the stock electronics. Even when you turn the bass all the way up, the lows don't come through as powerful as I would like. Played through a quality rig (mine is SWR SM-500 coming through a Goliath cab), you can still get relatively good tone, but it will not give you that punch that most bass players want. The Kingston basses don't come equipped with the Bartolini elec's that the more expensive American made MTD's (535, 636, etc) come with, which is why your sound capabilities wont be as good initially. However, if you play through a quality DI preamp or replace the on-board electronics for a couple hundred bucks more(perhaps Bartolini, Aguilar, or one of my fav's, Audere), you will be amazed with this instrument! To sum it up, great craftsmanship, beautiful finish, great playability, not so great factory electronics, but great instrument for the money.

    (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


    A good step up from beginner 6-string...

    By Garrick

    from Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    Comments about MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass:

    Actual score: 3 1/2 stars Bought this bass a year ago with the natural gloss maple design. Coming from a lower level Peavey and with 1 year in, this bass mostly seems worth the purchase. Right off, you notice the clarity of the notes throughout. Chords are crystal clear, but if you want versatility, you won't get it with the stock electronics. I later upgraded my axe with an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp with passive bypass which fixed a lot. The weight is also nice for a 6 string bass. Not sure the exact weight, but I've played a few 6'ers and this is definitely on the light end. The Mahogany body also gives it a nice natural tone (which the new preamp allows you to finally hear). The action is also good for a 6 string. you can get the strings pretty low before buzz if you like that kind of setup. The 18mm string spacing is also a nice touch for the type of playing you may feel compelled to do with this type of instrument. Not too wide, not too close even if you have big hands. All the same, somethings with this bass are still troubling and can be fixed, but it is probably time to buy a better bass when you realize it (i.e. me, finally got a Sadowsky). It can't be denied, this is the mass production version of Michael Tobias' current products and it shows. The fret work leaves something to be desired at the ends (watch your fingers), and the gloss is a bit overdone. You can also look at how the pieces of wood have been glued and pressed together and know that you may potentially have issues with stress fractures and the like down the road (i.e. me again) Also, when I took it to a professional technician for Feiten tuning, he came back to me letting me know that the frets are not 100% correct for Buzz Feiten, so intonation, especially in the upper range (how ironic) will be an issue no matter what. Decent upgrade, but don't expect this to be the last bass you ever buy if you care about playing with top notch (or even above average) crews at some point in your career...

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