SMG REVIEW: MTD Kingston KZ 6-String Bass

Check it out, the KZ!

Michael Tobias Design

Michael Tobias Design (MTD) is a company owned by Michael Tobias specializing in custom four-, five-, six-, and seven-string bass guitars. MTD’s instruments are designed and were originally manufactured by luthier Michael Tobias in Woodstock and Kingston, New York, USA. All currently manufactured MTD basses, including Kingston basses, employ the Buzz Feiten Tuning System.

Off the rack

Right from the start the beautiful finish of this bass caught my eye, with its stunning maple burl top and wood covered pickups. This 6-string bass is a monster with clarity and tone that will have you in awe. The KZ includes onboard EQ controls that allow you to really get in there and fine tune the treble, mid-range and bass to your liking.

The KZ-6 string comes with the Buzz-Feiten Tuning System, a special feature that gets you better intonation and more precise tuning. The neck is very comfortable and offers low action which is easier on the fingers. The Mahogany body lends to its amazing deep and crisp tone, perfect for all styles of music.


  • 35″ scale neck
  • 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, mid-range, bass
  • Buzz Feiten Tuning System

The Low Down

This is a great bass that will send your ears into a blissful frenzy. The jaw dropping look and craftsmanship ranks up there with the best of luthiers in every way. The neck is perfect, smooth and fits the hand nicely. The tone is very unique with its powerful lows, bright highs and elegant mid-range. The KZ 6-String Bass should definitely be in every bass players arsenal. With a fair price for what you get, the MTD Kingston will put you over the top on your path to greatness.

Pros: Great neck, Excellent EQ, Buzz-Feiten System, Comfortable, Beautiful finish.

Cons: N/A

STREET PRICE – $1200 – $1500

Till next week thanks for reading and keep on shredding. Cheers

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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