Review Demo – MTD Kingston Saratoga Deluxe Bass

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Michael Tobias’ handcrafted offerings are the instruments of choice for a number of notable players, while his overseas-built Kingston series provides bassists a taste of his innovations at a more comfortable price point. Bringing hints of MTD’s classic characteristics, the Kingston Saratoga Deluxe—the luthier’s most recent offering—spruces up the style and sound of the original Kingston Saratoga, yet still comes to the party at under a grand.

The Kingston Saratoga Deluxe’s contoured J-style body is constructed of basswood and capped with a nice piece of flamed maple. The deep cherry burst finish of our test bass adds fire to the flamed top and also colors the matching headstock.

The maple neck has an asymmetrical neck profile—a hallmark of MTD design since the late ’70s—so it was no surprise to see (and feel) the comfy, fast shape on the Saratoga Deluxe. A rosewood fretboard fronted the neck of our tester, but those seeking brighter sounds can opt for a maple fretboard or fretless ebony fingerboard.

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Arran says:

Having a bad few videos, mistakes in the description, mistakes in the dingwall one, making potentially insulting statements in the spector one saying ‘I don’t really know why people would want to play fast’.

Jamal Mortimer says:

wrong info in the description

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Nick Salazar says:

Why would you slap only on the neck pickup seeing how this has a jazz bass configuration????

Levi Montes says:

Oh and I think the description is from the Spector review just fyi

Levi Montes says:

Is it bāsswood like bass guitar or basswood like the fish?

D Gee says:

Great sounding bass

DMSProduktions says:

VERY nice sounding bass!

Duco Romme says:

b string is really out of tune.

Richard Milligan says:

Do you ever play both pickups together?

TheAgentAssassin says:

I like all the mic comparisons.

ALL future demo videos in the world should do this from now on.

Jaime David Vazquez - JDV says:

I want The Deluxe!

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