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Re: rosewood vs. ebony

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 12, 2001 at 15:39:23:

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

I think you would be safe with rosewood, especially given the styles of music you intend to play. It should last for quite some time, and given the thickness of the fingerboard, any grooves that begin to develop can be sanded out many times.

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