Strunal 50-1 or Englehardt C1 for backup Knockabout bass

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  1. rickwolff

    rickwolff Supporting Member

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    I'm thinking of selling my Eminence RN 5 string and getting a laminate bass for my backup. The Eminence sounds GREAT (especially now that I put on a new Lifeline PU - but I think I'd just prefer to play a regular (3/4) bass. These two are available locally and thought I'd check to see if there is any consensus for one being better than the other. Prices are about $700 (Engl) to $900 (Strunal) which seems reasonable for a ply bass.

    My main bass is a Shen 7/8 Gemunder - just wanting something tough for when I might go into harms way.

    Thanks.
     
  2. KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    Depends on when the Engel was built...the recent C-1s have Brazilian cherry fingerboards, which are supposed to be decent. The Strunal 50/1s had ebonized whitewood fingerboards the last I heard, as did older Engel C-1s. I personally wouldn't string one of them with anything more abrasive than weedwackers or plain gut for fear of paying to put a new board on my beater bass. Both makes are alleged to occasionally use non-traditional glues, which is a fun feature to discover when a repair is required.

    What about this? It looks pretty nice for the price:

    http://raleigh.craigslist.org/msg/4331912607.html
     
  3. rickwolff

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    Kung Fu,

    The Hillbilly bass would be great for going into harms way. Use the stick for a cudgel and the tub for a shield. Great medieval bass.

    Re: Jatoba vs 'ebonized' white wood. How can I tell the difference? (Other than having my luthier look at it?)
     
  4. KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    I took the liberty of finding the ad you mentioned. I hope that's not stalker behavior. If I found the right ad, the bass looks identical to an '80 EC-1 I sold last summer. That bass had a good sound with plain gut and seemed capable of taking a beating aside from the broken neck I repaired and the painted maple fingerboard (no exaggeration) that had a number of deep grooves. I vote you keep looking, even for a beater bass.
     
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    rickwolff Supporting Member

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    Was that the ad for the bass (Doghouse) west of Greensboro? If so I will take your suggestion and keep looking. Thanks!
     
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    I just got an email from the seller. This EC-1 was made in 1970. I'm thinking maybe I should invest a bit more in my new 'backup bass' and get a new Shen or Thompson Ply (although I don't know if I could call a brand new bass my 'beater bass' but the ply would certainly be more damage resistant than my carved 7/8. Getting a new bass would get me that great 'new bass setup', an ebony fingerboard, and the new strings of my choice. Hardly seems worth buying an old ply for 7-900 when I can get a new one for 1500.
     
  8. KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    An Engel from the second year of production should have Kluson tuning machines and outside linings, and will be as close as you're likely to get to a Kay for that kind of money anytime soon, cheesy fingerboard aside. If it's healthy it should have more personality than a modern Chinese bass, but my own experience with beater basses has been to sell the Engel and buy a nice new predictable carved Shen. That's a first-world problem right there.
     

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