I have an Englehardt Swingmaster and ES1 model, both with the steel strings from the dealer. (The ES1's strings are the same ones from 1982 when I bought it!!!) Yes, I want to get new ones but don't know which ones are best. For bluegrass or rock-a-billy slapping what is the best way get the slapping sound? I have to beat the #%*@ of them and the poor neck just to get close. My strings are closer than the store setup. (I'll be posting a thread there too.)I know about the general technique, its just the steel strings. Bass Player has a good article on it so I'm renewing my zeal until I get this licked, err ah well, slapped. BP says gut is best, but IMHO you don't get the drive from a gut that you can from steel. He'p me!