This bass came to us from a local player's estate. He was a true gear geek and had some really sweet gear. This bass plays and sounds like a million bucks. MTD Bass Saratoga 5 Flame Maple from the Michael Tobias Design family of instruments is hand made in the MTD USA shop in Kingston, New York. The bass carries the key design attributes of world-renowned luthier Michael Tobias including the asymmetrical neck design for fast, natural playing, ergonomic body design for comfort, superior weight/tone ratio, and the Buzz Feiten Tuning System for true intonation. The MTD USA Handmade instruments are built for working musicians that require superior sounding instruments that can be gigged with, recorded with, and passed on to future generations.