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Posted by Laird H on May 31, 2001 at 22:36:02:
In Reply to: Re: New Engelhardt's posted by TrevorMuzzy on May 30, 2001 at 19:34:29:
: : Just wondering if anyone had played a new S-9 Engelhardt lately? My struggle to find that perfect old bass is about to get the best of me. I am thinking of buying a new S-9 and making modifications as I go along. I know it would be new but with the high quality construction they claim to have on their top of the line basses, I am leaning a little towards it. Any comments?
: I own an S-9 that is about 10-15 years old and absolutely love it! I was in the same situation as you, looking for an older Kay but opted to buy the Swingmaster. When I first bought it, it was not very playable, which I knew could be corrected by a setup and string change. Anyway, I had it set up at a local string instrument store and told them what I wanted. I ended up getting a high quality maple bridge w/ height adjusters put on (especially useful if you change styles or if your action changes with the weather), had the endpin
modified to have a permanent and sturdy rubber end, and put on some Thomastik Weich Spirocore strings. WOW! Night and day difference. This combination works incredibly well for pizzicato or slap style (my primary style.) On a new bass you might also need to get the fingerboard planed because I have heard that they are not always as flat as you might like. The tone of this bass is very pleasant and balanced as well. Their claims to quality are very true.
: Hope this helps,
: Trevor Muzzy
Englehardt basses are great basses. I have the EM-1, it has the same high quality construction (differant finish) as the S-1 and S-9 but has a rosewood fittings. There something about the S-9 that I don't like. I think it's the unfinished look, kinda reminds me of wood panneling or something. But I am sure it's wonderful bass.
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