MTD Kingston Super 5
The Kingston’s comfortably curved ash body, resplendent in what is termed Dr Brown’s Burst over a flame maple top, is contoured very nicely at front and back, making the bass fit the player’s body like a glove. Both cutaways offer unhindered access to the upper frets and despite some headstock bias, the bass sits perfectly on a strap, despite its 4.3 kilogram weight.
Both the body and neck are finished in a smooth satin finish. The neck itself is supremely accommodating, with the broadness of the maple fingerboard and the 35” scale length perfectly matched by the slim D-shaped neck profile and 19mm string spacing.
As far as five-string basses go, this is a real player. With no sharp fret ends on display and an excellent setup, this really is a very promising instrument. Black position dot markers offer the only guidance as to your position on the neck, while the Buzz Feiten tuning system maintains good intonation at the nut end of the neck. Smoked chrome hardware has been used throughout, which works well with the colour scheme.