My new Rob Allen Guitars – Solid 4 – “The Magnus”

I recently bought a new bass made by Rob Allen. I have wanted a really nice solid body 4 string fretted bass for a long time and now I have found my dream bass! In 2003 I played my first Rob Allen bass at the bass floor at Rudy’s Music Shop in New York City. I felt it was something special about his basses and bought my first one at Corner Music in Nashville back in 2011, a fretless MB-2. Robs basses are so well built and he makes almost everything himself in his shop in Gardena, CA.

Monday July 13th I took a Uber-cab from my hotel in West Hollywood to Robs shop. I had only seen a picture of the body prior to my first steps inside his shop and was of course super exited and extremely curious about how it would look and feel! I knew it would be a very good instrument since I have played my fretless MB-2 for four years and absolutely loved every second of it!

The bass hang on the wall with the pickups facing the wall…and then Rob took it down and showed me “The Magnus” for the first time…WOW! It was so beautiful and every detail is so refined and lovely. The design is simple but so very powerful!

I decided to go for two pickups to be able to get both the classic P-bass sound and the J-bass sound. the controls are super slick and simple. One volume pot, with a pull/push function (when pulled it engaged a special tone circuit to get that vintage tone roll off sound of a p-bass) and a balance pot so I can go between just the neck pickup and all the way to the bridge pickup. And boy there are so many nice tones to explore. 

Rob makes, as I stated above, almost everything in the shop including the pickups that he has designed. They are hand wound in the shop! The bridge is also a work of art and has no moving parts and is a through body design!

I will go into more details and also make some videos in a future blog post. Stay tuned!

Now it’s time to get to know the bass. First gig is tomorrow. Can hardly wait!

   

           

(Almost) New Series! Jammin’ with my Rob Allen fretless bass | 02 “Cabelos Brancos”

In this video ‘series’ I will showcase my beautiful Rob Allen walnut fretless MB-2 bass! It’s a truly wonderful instrument that I bought in Nashville (Summer 2011). I waited some 8 (EIGHT!) years since I finally got to buy one!
Read more about it here and on master luthier Mr. Rob Allen’s website!

Time for video no. 2 in the series!

In August 2012 i participated in a great outdoor show located in an old closed down mining park! The setting was beautiful with a great light show and the amazing backdrop of nature! Read more about this concert at my other blog, playubass.com | Post 1 | Post 2

You can also read (and see) more about the guys from Sao Tomé here.

Enjoy the great song Cabelos Brancos by Guilherme de Carvalho! Here’s another song of his. This song features me playing my fretless Ibanez GWB35!

Solo bass arrangement of a Swedish Polska

You might remember that I did a short video of a Swedish Polska by Carl Viktor Rulin as my very first post on this blog. Now I’ve been working on it again. Writing out a TAB and suggested fingering. I will record it and let you have the solo bass arrangement if you want to try it out. I decided to do this piece on my quite new Rob Allen MB-2 bass with is a joy to play! You can of cause play it on any bass but a fretless is preferred for the ability to make the notes ‘sing’.
Stay tuned for a new video and PDF!

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