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Posted by Michael on May 12, 2001 at 04:35:43:
In Reply to: rosewood vs. ebony posted by Tim B. on May 11, 2001 at 20:56:51:
: Hi, I'm looking to buy my first string bass. Several of my bass playing friends have told me to hold out for an old Kay, but the ones I've seen are too damaged or pricey; so now I'm investigating Englehardts. If there are any Englehardt players out there, maybe you let me know if there is effectively any difference between the EM-1 and ES-1 models outside of the fingerboards (rosewood vs. ebony). Are they comparable? Does rosewood wear out that faster than ebony? I'm fix'n to play oldtime, bluegrass, and swing jazz music. Thanks, Tim
Well, here is the deal. I started out playing an old Epiphone and it had a rosewood fingerboard. I now have a 200 year old Czech bass with an ebony board. I am much happier now but my playing has progressed quite a bit. I must say that when I had my first bass I was quite happy with it and it played fine. I think that what ever bass you get will be fine for you as long as it has a good setup. Maybe look for a bass that is already setup or an inexpensive bass that you can put some money in to have setup properly. I believe that a lot of basses can have a descent tone if you set them up alright plus play them with good technique. Technique is your final answer when it comes to good tone and that is the truth. You can take a real expensive bass and make it sound like a piece of crap if you have bad technique and viceversa you can have a piece of crap and make it sound descent. Good luck, Michael.
P.S. What is your price range?
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