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Engelhardt M1 Refin w/ pics

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by freakbass, Feb 1, 2006.


  1. freakbass

    freakbass "Pile-drivingly Heavy" since 1983

    I picked up an Engelhardt M1 a little while back, and the previous owner had done a pretty poor refinish job on it. In fact, the only description i was given of the bass before I bought it was "The world's ugliest upright". My buddy Joel and I decided to refinish it ourselves in his garage.

    Here's the results - http://www.joelsprayberry.com/upright/

    Let me know what y'all think!
     
  2. OK I guess. Still pretty ugly IMO.
    Myself Id prefer the high school woodshop look over backyard bodyshop vibe.
    I think it looked best blonde. Ida prob just clearcoated it at that point.
    Whats the deal with the f hole covers? Was that just to keep the paint outa the inside or are you gonna leave it like that?
     
  3. freakbass

    freakbass "Pile-drivingly Heavy" since 1983

    the f hole covers are removeable. we cut some diamond plate and applied some foam rubber to the back to fit. They work similer to a soundhole cover on an acoustic guitar. Kills feedback.
     
  4. bassist14

    bassist14

    Oct 17, 2005
    Germany
    the bass with the f hole covers reminds me of bootsy collins with sunglasses....
     
  5. jfv

    jfv

    May 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Ya, what an image, you need some kinda wild top hat
    to go with it :cool:

    Hey I can see the whole look going with the right kinda
    music and group, could be cool.

    Course how does it actually sound now?
     
  6. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    Well at least it was an Engle and not like a Juzek or a Prescott or something. :meh: With all that primer and paint, is the tone still ok?
     
  7. freakbass

    freakbass "Pile-drivingly Heavy" since 1983

    It sounds fine. I've got the Bob Gollihur Rockabilly pickup installed. acoustically, It sounds as good as it did with the previous refin job.
     
  8. mpoppitt

    mpoppitt

    Mar 28, 2005
    Austin Texas
    I like it, the rosewood looks nice against the flat black.

    Although, it looks like it actually has a nice flame, and I'm a sucker for a blond....
     
  9. :eek: You got that right...put 4 wheels on it and it'll look like a Camaro I once owned...before it was painted!!

    gomez
     
  10. My son thinks it's cool, different generation I guess . .

    I was impressed with everything you did until the spray gun appeared !

    Maybe Candy Apple with metal flake ? ! ! :bag:
     
  11. freakbass

    freakbass "Pile-drivingly Heavy" since 1983

    Well, I play this upright in a cover band. We play everything from the Police to Hendrix to U2, but we do it all Bluegrass style. We've got an upright, a banjo, and a guy playing the washboard. For the type of venue that we play, this upright fits right in.
     
  12. Hendrix and a washboard!! I can see Jimi turning over right now. ;)

    gomez
     
  13. I've always thought a 57 Les Paul Goldtop color would look really cool.

    I get the f hole covers now. For the kinda band your in, its a cool bass.
     
  14. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Tigard, OR
    Just goes to show there are no real original ideas. Although, we don't have a banjo or washboard, we have me on upright, 2 acoustic guitars, fiddle, lap steel (also acoustic) and piano. We're working on "Little Wing" tonight. We've worked some Pink Floyd and Doobie Brothers into the set list as well.

    Mark
     
  15. freakbass

    freakbass "Pile-drivingly Heavy" since 1983

    Thanks for all the feedback! I'm an electric bassist, and this is my first venture into URB's. I'm having a blast w/ this thing! :hyper:
     
  16. mpoppitt

    mpoppitt

    Mar 28, 2005
    Austin Texas
    A goldtop upright would be awesome!
     
  17. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    That'd be kinda hilarious if you went the whole 9 yards - bindings on both sides of the bass and in the scroll, trapezoid inlay in the neck, and gold hardware everywhere. :D
     
  18. mpoppitt

    mpoppitt

    Mar 28, 2005
    Austin Texas
    Yeah, you would have to have:

    -Thick creme binding around the top edge, with the sides and back stained brown.

    -creme painted bridge, and one of those Slap-King polished aluminum TP's.

    -Neck binding.

    -Black scroll.

    -Gamba shape.

    Somebody should do it....
     
  19. Brent Norton

    Brent Norton

    Sep 26, 2003
    Detroit, MI
    Hmmm..........
     
  20. Uh Oh...I smell a finders fee. :smug: