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new Rob Allen MB-2 fretless 4 pics

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Feb 9, 2005.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
  2. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    that thurs a classy piece of bass!
     
  3. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
  4. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    ever since playing a godin a5 fretless, which probably doesnt even compare to a rob allen, i've been gassing for an allen since. Beautiful one you got there too. If you don't mind, could you tell me the average price on one of those and if you could get a 6er.
     
  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    this model retails:

    mb2 4: 1899
    walnut top: 300
    macassar ebony fb: 150
    bound headstock w/veneer: 125
    deluxe case: 225
    Labella strings: 45

    2744 total

    used deals abound and dealer prices are better.


    f
     
  6. MODNY

    MODNY Guest

    Nov 9, 2004
    2 things that wud set that bass of are:

    1. a matching backing plate ( i had mine matched on my mb-2 at a sweet local luthiers shop)

    2. THG custom wood tuning pegs...currently not being made for hipshot ultralite tuners yet, but i spoke to the guy and he is in the process...



    i've always loved the very clean natural look of this bass

    i just wish sometimes that my headstock was matched with flame maple and the binding ( i wonder if they can still do that for me??)

    eric
     
  7. RunngDog

    RunngDog

    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Hope you didn't actually pay $300 for a walnut top and $45 for the strings -- both come standard in the $1899 base price (as does a very nice gigbag -- the HS case is an upgrade).

    For extra strings, go to Carvin -- they sell the same LaBella's for about half the Rob Allen price.
     
  8. I'm pretty sure that the walnut top on this one is an upgrade. It's hard to tell from that pic, but likely it is more figured than whatever the standard is. The walnut top on my RA is certainly an upgrade.

    I know not about the strings.
     
  9. RunngDog

    RunngDog

    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    You're probably right. I tend to think of the standard walnut top on my Mouse as fairly figured, but comparing a photo to this one, I can see that this has more figuring. That's said, I'm not sure I'd pay $300 extra for it.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. pookeymp

    pookeymp

    Oct 16, 2002
    NY/NJ
    Congratulations...very nice bass. I'm dying to get my hands on one of those one of these days.

    Would love to hear some clips from that baby.

    Mikey/
     
  11. I wonder what the one on mine cost then.

    [​IMG]

    BTW, nice bass Fred. I've had mine for a few weeks and these things are deadly.
     
  12. RunngDog

    RunngDog

    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    That's gorgeous, Geoff. Though maybe not quite as pretty as your Dingwall.
     
  13. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I really like these Rob Allens. And the sound is sweet. Are the black tapewound LaBellas a "must" for the sound? Or is it just that they look/feel cool?

    Marshall
     
  14. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    did you notice i said retail? i'll never tell what i paid.

    Rob would probably do a 6 as custom.

    f
     
  15. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    after a few months with this bass...

    ITS ALWAYS ON THE STAND plugged into my Aguilar/QSC/Bergantino rig.

    its a writing machine.

    pure joy.

    just a show-off update.

    f
     
  16. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    whicked clip, i forgot about it and re listened and it blew me away again.
     
  17. The soundclip is insane!!!
    Need the bass immediatly!
     
  18. That is a really beautiful bass [both of you]. I love the tone in the mp3

    Regards

    Matthew
     
  19. westland

    westland

    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    Beautiful basses, and impressive sound clip. I am enough impressed that I put a deposit down to have Rob build me a Deep 4.
     
  20. fretlessrock

    fretlessrock Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    Corrupticut
    They are the stock strings, but they are by no means mandatory. My MB2 had the stock tapes and the bass had a very dark sound. It actually made it hard for me to hear in some live situations. I met a local URB player who was using one strung with TI Flats and it sounded completely different. Still sounded great, but it had a lot more clarity in the mids. It was my intention to put a set of TI Acousticores on mine and compare it to the sound of a Turner Renaissance, but it never happened. I have owned both the MB2 and the Ren and they are so responsive to the input from the strings that they will take on the character of whatever strings you choose. That was my experience wth the Ren and I can't see why the Rob Allen would be any different.

    BTW, fantastic Rob Allen pics from all. I love those walnut tops :bassist:

    Mine was flame maple:

    [​IMG]