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Which would rather have?

Ken Smith
19 (38.8%)
MTD (Michael Tobias Design)
30 (61.2%)

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Smith VS MTD
« on: September 19, 2007, 03:43:44 PM »
Aight after the clever response posted in the great gouche thread, I asked my self how many people actually prefer the sound of MTD over a Ken Smith. such blasphemy Let me know, this is the official poll, after this the truth shall be known!
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2007, 03:48:07 PM »
MTD...I just think it gives better tones, but I am not as technical as most when it comes to the bass. :-\
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2007, 03:53:43 PM »
I've played a smith and it was nice, and I am yet to try a MTD. Everyone tells me that MTD's are the greatest for gospel though.
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2007, 03:54:51 PM »
MTD...I just think it gives better tones, but I am not as technical as most when it comes to the bass. :-\

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2007, 04:16:44 PM »
MTD gets my vote....Smith is nice but I am not crazy about the electronics on the Smith but I don't own either just played around with them both...I am sure someone who owns either can be much more credible than I!  ;D
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007, 04:23:11 PM »
when you put DR highbeams on a Ken Smith the sound can't be beat!
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007, 04:54:16 PM »
Out of those 2 brands, I prefer the Smith.
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007, 09:03:18 AM »
MTD is my choice. I have played on both and the tone I prefer is all MTD. Not saying that the Smith tone is bad but the MTD tone gives me what I am looking for.

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2007, 09:12:32 AM »
Well just a look at my avatar, tells you how i voted. IMO, this is just personal preference, I have owned both, while both are fine instruments I prefer the voice and feel of the MTD USA
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2007, 09:33:38 AM »
I'll take one of these please. I love the sound of single coil pickups. I don't think I've seen an MTD with SC's but if they did build one I'd have to reconsider.

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2007, 10:06:09 AM »
I'll take one of these please. I love the sound of single coil pickups. I don't think I've seen an MTD with SC's but if they did build one I'd have to reconsider.




You're in luck, Mike just released a SC bass in the shape of a Jazz at summer NAMM. He sounding as if he didn't want to release it.

Click the top MTD link.
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My opinion is that both have their places. I once wanted a Smith, but now I gots to get the MTD.
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2007, 10:06:59 AM »
Come on now, that's like comparing apples and oranges! If you are a working bassist you should have one of each plus a Fender Jazz in your collection..They each have their place and other then the Jazz cant be used on everything.
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2007, 10:54:35 AM »
They each have their place and even then, the Jazz cant be used on everything.
Oh yeah, they can! I've owned a lot of basses over my 30+ years of playing and I always seem to come back to the old trusty Jazz bass (or bass with SC pups). In fact, I'm going to have Nino Valenti build me a 5 string Jazz in the vein of Larry Grahams all white (headstock too) bass with a chrome pickup cover over the neck pickup.
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2007, 11:28:55 AM »
Out of the two, I prefer the MTD.  I like the tonal versatility of MTD more than the Smith. Not saying that the Smith isn't versatile but, I've never heard a Smith (whether live or recorded) that I couldn't tell it was a Smith.

I prefer the body style of the MTD to the Smith (maybe because I'm only 5'-4"). The Smith would take up my whole body.

But, I really don't think you could lose with either one.

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2007, 12:22:17 PM »
Well I don't own (not sure if i ever will lol) either bass....but based on justin rhaines and the link above....MTD all day lol
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #15 on: September 20, 2007, 12:38:45 PM »
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like he's playing a Z5 on the bassplayer video.  Check out the 4+1 and the tuners aren't Hipshot ultras. (closed back - Gotohs maybe?)
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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #16 on: September 20, 2007, 01:17:42 PM »
Oh yeah, they can! I've owned a lot of basses over my 30+ years of playing and I always seem to come back to the old trusty Jazz bass (or bass with SC pups). In fact, I'm going to have Nino Valenti build me a 5 string Jazz in the vein of Larry Grahams all white (headstock too) bass with a chrome pickup cover over the neck pickup.

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #17 on: September 20, 2007, 01:43:09 PM »
did anyone notice in the vid that mike didnt and overstep saying tobias basses by line

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2007, 01:55:58 PM »
Lakland or Callowhill


I played Mo Fitz' Dh6 from callowhill and that bass was a BEAST!!!!

Lakland just speaks for itself.  If you don't know about them go find somewehre that has one and try it.



I played Mo Fitz' Dh6 from callowhill and that bass was a BEAST!!!!

I don't think callowhill nor lakland  getting enough props to be honest.

I think the DH6 that Reese has is like 7lbs or something stupid light like that.  and it felt and played GOOD.

Just hard to devribe.

And my 55-02 is like a perfect match for my body.

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Re: Smith VS MTD
« Reply #19 on: September 20, 2007, 02:14:21 PM »
I had a Lakland briefly and got rid of it. Just wasn't my cup of tea! I'm a 34" scale neck guy and dig the smaller neck and spacing profile of the Smiths. I believe the MTD's are all 35" scale. All have excellent B's but I haven't heard a better B than on a Smith! Just my humble opinion. I just can't afford one right now.
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