MTD Guitars (the initials stand for Mike Tobias Designs) began life in around 1993, but for those not in the know already, Michael Tobias has been proving his expertise in the bass arena since the late '70s. MTD is a small company hand creating instruments in Kingston, New York. Like most boutique makers, however, the cost of Mike's instrument is prohibitive for many players, so Tobias has launched quite a large series of Chinese made basses under the MTD label. Of these, the Kingston series is said to be among his most popular. It comes in four, five and six string versions, fretted or fretless and we were loaned a five string fretted model for this review.