yarrrgh, the double BE!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by notduane, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Mr. A came through with some pics!

    The upper (left) neck will have Thomastik-Infeld AB344 Acousticores.

    The lower (right) neck will have Rotosound RS88-LD tapewounds.

    Two totally different tones...totally :p.






    Bluegum veneer -- nice touch!

  2. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Mmmm... Rob Allen... *drool*... doubleneck... *drool*
  3. How come the boards went from lined fretless to unlined fretless? Otherwise, what a sweet looking instrument. Piezo pickup system? I don't see any other pickups.

  4. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    HOT DAMN that's one huge chunk of Ash! Really nice, I love that semi-hollow fretless look, and the wood bridge looks really cool.
  5. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    The "BEFORE" pic was just to show the Swamp Ash
    body slab. The unlined necks were ones that Rob had
    around the shop (I'm guessin'). He put`em there to give
    a sense of the finished product.

    I asked for unlined fretless boards with side dots only.
    The upper neck is a Macassar Ebony board over Mahogany
    with graphite stringers (no dead spots) with a maple veneer
    over the Mahogany. The lower neck is Cocobolo over Birdseye
    Thanx :) (I'm still in the "holy-crap this is mine?!?" stage :p )

    Yessir...Two Fishman Piezos in the bridge. Acoustic Matrix
    Natural I for the upper, Acoustic Matrix Natural II for the lower.
  6. Well, that just just sweet.

    I'm getting that itch..............GAS!

    Darn you notduane, darn you to double-neck hell! :D

  7. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Huh. I'm speechless. I didn't think Allen took orders for anything beyond the basic MB design. If Allen can do this, why not a 24 fret 6 string?

    Cool bass, notduane. Hope you're a tall man. :)
  8. ND - from your experience with an RA, how do you think those beautiful twins will differ in tone???
  9. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    not again! i have to clean my drool from the keyboard :D
  10. Looking very very nice ND.

    I keep sending Rob emails about shipping me the bass first so we can work out any bugs it may have.
    You know just so it is 110% perfect for you.
    He won't return my emails, maybe you could drop him a line and OK it for me.
  11. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Well, you know me and strings :rolleyes:. That's kinda' what started
    this whole thang. My single neck #115 shipped with LaBella 760N
    Black Tapewounds. They're fine strings - great "presence", but
    a li'l too twangy for me. I tried a bunch of other tapewounds...
    GHS 3060's, Fender 9120's and those wacky nylon filament 7120's.
    I finally settled on Rotosound RS88-LD's. They've got low twang,
    great "airy-ness" (headroom?), and a sweet Mingus "thud". Then I
    saw the ad for those T/I Acousticores - "for piezo basses only" -
    "wound on a nylon core". Gave those a try...holy crap! What a
    wacky sound! Best I can describe it is like Michael Manring's tone
    in "La Sagrada Familia" (but a little brighter).

    Alright then. I want both! :D . It got old real fast swappin' out
    the Rotos for the T/I's. The Swamp Ash and Bluegum were
    fine (and purty) for the body woods. I figgered I'd maximize the
    tone with the choice of neck/board woods. The Rotos were
    just fine with the Coco-b and B-eye Maple. And the feel of
    tapewounds on Cocobolo? It's almost sinful :p. I thought the
    Acousticore's could benefit from a harder wood (ebony) over
    a light, resonant neck (mahogany). The graphite stringers were
    Rob's idea :).

    The Fishman piezos. The Natural II for the Roto/lower neck.
    It has a flat response and low "boominess". Too much "thud"
    ain't good. A Natural I for the upper/Acousticore configuration.
    It has better bass response, which was the only thing I noticed
    lacking when I had the `cousti's on my single with the Natural II.

    Finally, each neck will be run to it's own amp/cab setup. For now,
    the upper will go to a Mesa Boogie D-180 through a 2x10. The lower
    through a Mesa Buster to a SWR 1x18 (Big Ben). Eventually (read -
    after winning the lottery :p ), the lower will go to a Demeter or
    Aguilar preamp, Aguilar DB359 amp, and two Aguilar GS112's.
    The upper will have the same preamp/amp setup, but go
    to a SWR Henry the 8x8 cab.
  12. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Gruffer-dude! Thanx man :).

    I'm sure me, you, and Rob could work somethin' out.
    Maybe you and me go halfsies on the balance due? :D

    You know what this means then ;)...

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  13. Beautiful!!!!

  14. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Oopsie! :p Sow-wyyy :(.

    Whatever you do then, don't go hyar :eek:.
  15. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Oh yeah, Rob's a terrific guy. Even the basic MB has a
    bunch of options: body, top, neck, & fingerboard woods.
    Fretted, Lined or Unlined fretless. MB-1 or MB-2.
    6-string bass? I dunno.

    Rob does make a REAL purty baritone...


    unnnn...Mongo BIG :p

    6'4", 200-somethin' lbs., with matching Go-riller paws :D
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    So, you wound up going with a book matched top?
  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Lordy, lordy, lordy. LORDY!
  18. Went there. Wow. But I didn't see JT's monstrosity.

    Nice bass, ND. Very pretty. I gotta go change my pants now.

    Rock on
  19. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    That's what it looks like, don't it? :mad: Could be. I can't really
    tell fer sure :(. This is the raw version of the piece he used
    for the top ( :eek: avert your eyes Gruffer! :p )...

  20. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    OK, now I've caught my breath. I'd say the pics of this bass render all other posted pics irrelevant. What a beautiful thing. I'll be the first to say that it surpasses even turner's duo-neck in beauty.

    don't hurt me