NBD - Rob Allen mb-2 Custom

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jeff Elkins, Jul 29, 2021 at 6:47 AM.


  1. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Johnson City, TN
    Received my grail bass a month ago from a seller in Italy. Koa top, f-hole, 33" scale, fretted mb-2. The neck is more D shaped than other RA's I've owned, and despite having developed a love for slim necks, I find it very comfortable. There is a mag pickup in addition to the piezo. Volume and pickup balance (with detent) controls in the bridge. Came with a matching koa ramp which appears to never have been installed (the double sided tape still has the wax paper strip on it) that I'm going to install soon. Reverse headstock provides a slightly longer travel for the low string (and it has the string-thru plate on the back to extend the ball even more enabling regular scale strings).

    The bass arrived strung B-G (despite the ad stating it was set up for E-C, and which a previous owner mentioned long ago) and buzzed like crazy. New strings and close inspection revealed that the nut was poorly cut/modified (and loose) and the bridge saddle slots were very worn down. I took it to my luthier immediately and he installed a new bone nut and new saddle, as well as extending the bridge angle slightly and cutting compensating string slots to achieve a near-perfect intonation. He also repaired the binding where it was coming separated at the shoulders (and where someone else had tried to repair it previously and left some excess glue).

    It weighs about 7lbs.

    IF I'd had the opportunity to spec a custom order for this bass, I may have asked for a slimmer neck. But everything else? It's totally my dream RA.

    It sounds amazing - the mag pup and piezo are not extremely distinct from each other but (a) there are adjustments I can make in the control cavity I haven't explored yet, and (b) they blend really well so far. Bonus: the way the bass engages my pedals is surprisingly pleasant. The reaction of my Mooer Sweeper (recently plugged in and dangling at the moment!) and Tender Octave pedals and Fliptop Boost to the signal made it seem as if they were waiting for this bass. My other passive and active basses sound good through them, but not this good. Fun.

    Picture!

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  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That's a great looking instrument. A friend of a friend in Nashville has a very impressive collection of basses. He pretty much uses his Rob Allen unless someone insists otherwise.
     
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  3. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Johnson City, TN
    Thanks! I've owned a few that totally fit my purposes for just a season/band opportunity, but they were eventually sold. Here's a pic of the one that started it all; my first mb-2 5 string:

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    I picked that one up from Corner Music in Nashville around 2008? I guess.

    The phone photo in the OP doesn't do this new one justice. The contrast of the koa grain is incredible.
     
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  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Nice lookin’ bass. Congrats.
     
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    :drool:
     
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  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Nice! What’s the string spacing at the bridge- looks very tight?
     
  7. RodRy

    RodRy

    Jul 1, 2018
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Hey Jeff, that's a beauty!

    Any chance you can post more pics here so we can see it better?

    Thanks, and congratulations!
    :laugh:
     
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    yeah, more pics is always cool --- but the second (live playing) pic really shows it off! wow!

    i know that's a quality piece, but the fact that you enjoy playing it is the bottom-line --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
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  9. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Johnson City, TN
    It is, actually--another spec I wouldn't have asked for, but I'm enjoying (and I suddenly realize that it explains the neck shape). It's actually 14mm!
     
  10. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Johnson City, TN
    I'll get some tomorrow!

    That's actually an old photo of my FIRST mb-2!

    Truth. And thanks!
     
  11. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Wow- the Gerald Veasley Ibanez signature is the only other one I know of with a 14mm spacing. On the plus side there’s a lot of extra space on the fretboard to widen it is you want to have the bridge recut.
     
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