Michael Tobias Design, also known as MTD, have been manufacturing uniquely high-quality bass guitars for almost twenty years and its direct predecessor, Tobias Guitars, was originally founded in 1977. In their small workshop at Woodstock, New York, Tobias himself along with two helpers make around ten bass guitars every month but access to this quality of product has been extended thanks to large-scale manufacturing abroad, all of which stays true to Tobias`s original design. The Kingston range, along with the Heir and Saratoga options, are examples of these guitars which offer MTD-level quality at a much more affordable price range.
The Kingston basses are constructed with a solid mahogany core and topped with burled maple, which assures the perfect combination of impressive design and flawless performance. The Kingston basses are an ideal choice for the discerning musician as they are renowned for their clarity, feel and response, all of which combine to create an unparalleled playing experience and excellent sound. The Kingston guitars share certain features across the range, including the ergonomic body and asymmetrical neck design, but there are also numerous variations, including the `Jazz-style` Saratoga and the so-called Classic Rock Bass, or CRB.
The Z variety is a different guitar altogether, though it still benefits from the great design and general affordability of the Kingston range. It has a one-piece neck design and is available in four different colours, from translucent cherry to tobacco sunburst, so musicians who are looking for a certain aesthetic will not be disappointed. In technical terms too, the Z range does not fail to impress with a shielded electronics compartment and Buzz Feiten Tuning System, as well as five different controls. These allow the bassist to adjust volume, bass, middle, treble and pickup pan all from knobs on the guitar itself, all of which are designed to fit in with the bass`s overall look. The number after the Z in the guitar`s description refers to the number of strings on the bass, ranging from four to six, so the Z6 offers the musician the greatest possible range.
Overall, the MTD Kingston Z6 is an excellent instrument, impressively put together with a design that is both aesthetically and practically pleasing with all the necessary features to produce a clear, high quality sound with minimal fuss. The Kingston Z6 is very much a standalone instrument but it would not be out of place in any wider band setup, working effortlessly alongside such mainstays of modern music as http://www.dawsons.co.uk/guitars/brand-fender and all good drum kits. In short, any bassist with good sense will be impressed with the MTD Kingston Z6.