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Re: Plywood vs. Carved (Upright Electric Perhaps?)

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Posted by Pako on May 08, 2001 at 11:02:07:

In Reply to: Re: Plywood vs. Carved (Upright Electric Perhaps?) posted by Bob Gollihur on May 08, 2001 at 10:27:39:

: : Greetings All:

: : I'm currently playing a American Std. J-bass as I have done for quite some time now, but by Double Bass roots are starting to popup pretty often in my I figured it's time to pick one up again.

: : Any suggestions on Laminated Bass (Swingmaster) versus Carved? Durability, tone, playability, cost value......

: : Some details about the bass' uses are to include: bar gigs, studio work, and outdoor festivals. Genres are to include, but not limited to classical and blues rock primairaly.

: You may want to consider a laminated bass, such as an Engelhardt ( ) due to their more robust nature. While their tone and sustain may not be as high of a quality as a good carved bass, they will be more suitable for playing in outdoor and bar situations, and I know my old Kay sounds better than some carved basses I've played. And I will take my Kay to those environments where I wouldn't want to take my carved bass without fear of damage. However, in the studio you may wish you did have a carved bass -- but then when cracks develop and you have to pay the price of repairs, you may wish you DIDN'T have a carved bass ;-)

: : Any thoughts or suggestions about upright electrics?

: There are some good ones out there, Azola and Eminence as two examples of moderately priced EUBs - there are a ton of them on my Double Bass Links Page - - also more utilitarian and don't quite have the visual, aural, and visceral vibe that the real thing has.

LOL I see....So I need two basses. One for the live gigging abuse and one for studio work as well as two more jobs to pay for repairs on the carved bass. LOL perhaps I should have learned to play spoons. :-) On a serious note, thanks so much for the insight and information. The Engelhardt line looks to be a promising avenue to persue. Is professional setup on the Engelhardt's going to make a big difference? What kind of setup do you tipically do on the Swingmaster when it comes in?

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