I'm speechless...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by notduane, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    The check's in the mail! :p. Yesterday I sent Rob Allen a deposit
    for the doubleneck MB-2 I been yakkin' about here and there.
    We got all the details worked out, and now the actual building
    is gonna' start. All day - even now - I've been in a kind of stupor.
    Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, has been able to erase this stoopid
    grin off my mug :D. I wish I had the words to describe this over-
    whelming feelin'...all that I've worked for, all that I've been through...
    ::SIGH:: [​IMG]

    While I'm not a luthier by ANY stretch of the imagination - more
    like amateur futzer - I CAN appreciate clean, simple, purposeful
    design (I'd tell ya how, but then I'd have ta' kill ya' :p ). I'm glad I'm
    around when there's a feller like Rob Allen out there who DOES
    have the ability and shares the same belief in simplicity of form
    in design.

    Mr. A said that he'll send some pics during the construction.
    I'll post`em here if y'all would like.

    ...[​IMG] nowwww, what am I bid for this gen-oo-ine Dean Rhapsody
    HBF?...I got 50, 50, 50, do I hear 75¢? :p
  2. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    What are the specifics of the two necks?
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Nothin' too "dramatic"...Two fretless fours, no "ghost"
    lines (right on gruffer-dude! :D ), side dots only.

    Upper: Macassar Ebony over Mahogany with graphite
    strips (for possible dead spots), Fishman Matrix Natural I
    piezo transducer, Master Blend control in bridge.

    Lower: Cocobolo over Birdseye Maple, Fishman Matrix
    Natural II transducer, Master Volume in bridge.

    The Top neck will use Thomastik-Infeld Acousticores.
    Bottom neck - Rotosound RS88-LD TruBass tapewounds.

    Body: Swamp Ash.
    Top: (what else? :p ) Bluegum.
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I know how you feel. Having brought my Sadowsky home, I'm still in disbelief that it's mine. [​IMG] I had the same feeling when I got my Spector's. It'll fade & the pleasure of owning 2 of the best basses in the world will set in. [​IMG]

    I can't wait to see pic's of the bass in production. Congrat's!!!!!!!
  5. You shall now enter the longest days of your life.
    Waiting and Waiting Wanting and Waiting.

    Good luck with the patience.
    And yes I am sure we would all like to see the pics during and after the building.
  6. Whoa, way to go Notduane. You need to sit down 'till the room stops spinning. Maybe take a couple of weeks off. I remember seeing that double neck at the Rob Allen site you posted a link to about a month ago. As the consrtuction moves along you have to send us pics; maybe even an ultrasound and let us know if it's a girl or a boy. Being an expectant father can be tough.

    Mike J.
  7. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Thanx everybody! :) I know the waitin' will be hell.
    But I got plenty to keep me busy, between fixin' up
    that old Ibanez fiver for a TB bud and work killin' me
    softly with utter stupidity :rolleyes:.
    M.J.!...Fellow Epi Jack-meister!

    A couple weeks off?!? What the hell you thinkin'
    mon? :eek: I'm some kinda' hopelessly incompetent, bean-
    countin', order-givin', @$$-kissin', management type?
    I WORK fer a livin' meester. Maybe I SHOULD take some
    time off to focus on my issues with authority figures that
    create nothing :p .

    What's all this about a double neck at the Rob Allen site?
    As far as I know, this is the FIRST double MB-2 Rob's built.
  8. SlapDaddy


    Mar 28, 2000
    WOW! Please tell me you're gonna have trouble paying for it so you can sell me ANOTHER one of your 'cheaper' basses. Your bass bud, SD.
  9. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    :( Sor-ry S/D. I was actually able to get the whole
    amount (deposit AND balance) approved without much
    hassle...amazing how my credit rating improved after
    I had the human money pit surgically removed (divorce :p ).

    I'd be glad to sell ya' one o' my old 4's for a righteous price.
    But won't it seem like a toy after "the Beast with 7 strings" ? :)
  10. Hey notduane, aside from the woods of course, what will be the main differences between the 2 necks? What made you go for 2 fretless 4's as opposed to 1 fretted or a 5 string etc.?
  11. soooooo, you probably won't be needing that dinky lil SINGLE neck RA now, right? right?

    big wheel, come over here and hip-no-tize notduane with your avatar and convince him to gimme that bass!
  12. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Maybe "dramatic" wasn't the best choice of words.
    By that I meant no 17-piece, triple-decker laminated
    necks with wood species from outer space and inlays
    made of abalone from the Marianas Trench :rolleyes:.

    Back in my "experimenting" days (no, not college :p ),
    I tried a bunch of different strings on my current
    Rob Allen - mostly tapewounds. I settled on the Roto 88's
    as my favorite type. Less twang than LaBellas, closest
    I could get to a "Mingus" tone without the doghouse (and
    a sh*t-load of talent :D ). Then I tried some Thomastik-
    Infeld AB344 "Acousticores". Phosphor-bronze roundwounds
    on a spun nylon core. Yeah, they're flexible. No dang
    good for magnetic pups, but real sweet with piezos. They gave
    my R/A a totally different sound than the Rotos. I've been
    describing it to folks as the "BowwwWWRRrrr" tone in
    Michael Manring's "La Sagrada Familia" on Book of Flame.
    Duh..yeah, I know M/M uses Zons. Now then. I got real
    tired of swappin'-out sets on my single neck R/A. I wanna'
    have BOTH tones available. Think of the Rotos sound as
    "normal" and the Cousti's as "solo". And I figgered an ebony
    vs coco-b board would not only stand up better to the Cousti's,
    but bring out a li'l more "zing".
    Did somebody say somethin' :confused::p
  13. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Oh surrre...I give you my be-oo-tiful, ONE-PIECE Bluegum-topped,
    low serial number (#115) Golden Honey and what do you do?...
    Paint it black, put on a "gabba gabba hey" sticker, and string
    her with Labella Jamerson Flatwound suspension bridge cables :p:D

    Seriously though, I probably will unload everything BUT the
    single R/A (and probably the Ripper). Don't shoot me gruff-dude!
    I know I said...but dang! :( That thing was built the same
    year I finally mah-trick-u-lated hagh skrewel. Scenti-mental
    value, ya' kneow? :) . And the board :eek: The sweetest
    hunk o' unblemished, jet black, ebony I ever seen.

  14. so...when can we expect the "notduane's Everything Must Go!" sale? :)
  15. actually, do you think roofing tar will work as a good substitute for black paint? i don't wanna spend too much money here. btw, the sticker will read: "honk if you're horny."
  16. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I thought you said you were "speechless" ;)

    I wish you wouldn't blab about my spec's.

    That will be one incredibly awesome piece of work, notduane!!!! I didn't know Allen would make a doubleneck. Obviously, you put a lot of thought into this design.

    Can you say, "Software ben berry, berry, guud toomi!"?
  17. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Roofing tar? Brilliant! Inexpensive - although I dunno
    if it would hold up under hot stage lights..."tar beach"
    springs to mind. I was debatin' whether to suggest tire
    black or Ronco's "spray on hair" (black #3).

    Before ya' paint it now, don't forget to take a big hammer
    and dull chisel to the top and gouge out a nice sized
    hole for an EMG HZ

  18. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    That was then...this is the afterglow. Let's cuddle? :(:p.


    I didn't think he'd do it either, till I asked him :D .
    I hope this doesn't mean I have to rent it out for
    NAMM shows. I better add "agent" to the list of
    doo-hickies that include case, stereo cord, etc.
    Hmmm...cool reference, and sorta' true. Don't mean
    to get all serious here, but the stuff I'm writing today
    I learned by my own effort, even at the risk of being
    fired..."ya know boss, this long complicated test I'm
    doing manually really lends itself to automation. I reckon
    with all these manuals here, I could pick it up quick and
    knock somethin' out in about 3 weeks...'We have no need
    for ancient ways, our world is doin' fine' ".
  19. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Good question! :D

    There's some last-minute futzin' I gotta' do...
    That purple / midnight blue / day-glo black MIM fretless
    Jazz has a dead pup. I was gonna replace both stock
    pups with Kent Armstrong lipstick tube-rs and slap on
    a leopard skin pickguard. More of a looker really ;).
    The "test bench" Yamaha RBX260F is gonna get a more
    "appropriate" bridge (I'm thinkin' black Gotoh 201). The
    Badass II on there now sounds great, but it looks like
    a 427 Hemi on a Vespa scooter. I think the`201 has almost
    as good mass as the Badass, without the overhang.
    The Dean HBF ain't been touched, nor has the "E.J.C" (shhh! :eek: )