Looking for the "best" bass for bluegrass, country, rockabilly & blues.

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Posted by Ross Manion on October 26, 2000 at 21:33:40:


I've been checking out the basses like the Engelhardt Swingmaster and one of the Strunal carved top/laminate basses. Unfortunately I am an electric player and have not made the switch to upright yet so I have a problem detecting the finer points of the instruments. The other problem is that the basses are not even in the same state so I can't really A/B them. Here's a hint of what I'm after, I just ordered The Ungentle Art by my inspiration Mark Rubin of the Bad Livers. The Ridgetop Sessions is a really cool CD in my opinion. I don't intend to bow for anything other that intonation practice and as an effect.

My questions are these:
1) If money is not much of an issue what is the best bass on the market new or used for an aggressive style of playing? I'm getting one for my 40'th b'day next year. The wife said no to the 20 year old blond and no to the convertible sports car but yes to the bass, go figure. I want a really good one, a keeper.

2) Are the carved top basses bad for slap or just overkill for that style. I've seen the Strunal with the carved top and laminate back and sides going for about $500 more than the Swingmaster.

Currently I'm thinking the Swingmaster looks the best (I may get my blond after all). I would really like to hear other peoples opinions.
Swingmaster: http://www.bassviolins.com/swing.htm


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