Audio samples of a fretted Rob Allen?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by javima, May 20, 2007.

  1. javima


    May 20, 2007
    Can anyone please post or point me to sound files of a fretted Rob Allen MB-2 or Mouse 30? I've searched the web and these forums with no luck.

    I've been able try a fretless MB-2, but I can't find a fretted one to try. I'm not a fretless player, so I'm thinking of ordering a fretted one, if they have enough of that acoustic tone.

  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Does he make fretted basses? :confused:
  3. Yup, although as much as I live mine, I couldn't see myself ordering a fretted one. I barely play anything fretted these days as is. Although I'd really suggest a fretless with Rob. The low end thumpy sound is pretty forgiving.
  4. javima


    May 20, 2007
    Thanks spade2you, I hear ya. I realize the fretless is where the Rob Allen's really shine, and I may end up taking the plunge into the fretless learning curve. But it's such a big investment, I really wish I could at least hear what the fretted sounds like.

    BTW, what do you mean by "low end thumpy sound is pretty forgiving"?
  5. No sound clip, but I played a fretted Rob Allen 5-string at Bass Northwest last year (strung with TI Acousticores - playing through an Epifani stack), ant it was seriously one of the best fretted tones I've ever heard. :D
  6. javima


    May 20, 2007
    Thanks Lokire.

    Okay, let me come at this a different way. Who has (or has played) both fretless and fretted Rob Allens (mb-2 or mouse), and how would you compare the sound? Any insights and opinions would be very helpful.
  7. Trebble seems to reveal flaws of intonation a little easier, but when you have the trebble rolled off, it's a little harder to tell if you're off or not. Also, having a 35" scale as featured on the 5 string allows for a little more wiggle room in your notes.

    The fretless plunge seems scarey, but it's not as difficult as it seems. You could always order lined or my dotted config.

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