IN STOCK Engelhardt EM1 "Maestro" Bass (BRAND NEW)
- EM-1 (Curly Maple)
- Call (856) 292-3194 to arrange pickup if you're interested in this item. Our shop is in Southern New Jersey.
This is an IN-STOCK bass at our main office in Southern NJ.
We cannot ship this bass, but can arrange for a local purchase and pickup.
Engelhardt bought Kay's double bass and cello production facilities in the late 60's when Kay closed up, and continued manufacturing the same line of basses and cellos until 2019. They made exceptionally solid, consistently good-sounding basses for many years, often better than the many cheapie imported laminated instruments that seem to self-destruct rather readily and regularly. And their prices were affordable. Unfortunately, Engelhardt closed its doors and liquidated their remaining inventory of basses and parts in mid-2019.
We purchased this bass to have on hand here at the shop in 2017-2018. It was never sold, and after a quick trip to our local luthier, it has been on our display floor ever since. It is a "brand new bass."
This bass has some unique features:
- The EM1 would normally have a spruce veneer on the top and plain maple back and side veneers. This one is done (top and back) in a curly maple, and has a fair bit of figuring which can be seen in the closeup photos. It's quite attractive without being overdone.
- We had this bass professionally set up by a local luthier, so it plays very well and sounds really good. It's got a ton of "thump" and would excel in Bluegrass, Rockabilly, or even Jazz contexts.
- We had an upgraded maple bridge put on the bass at the time it was set up.
- It also has upgraded strings on it.
Here's the regular specs on the EM-1 Maestro Bass:
A popular school model that has won wide acceptance by students and advanced players. Properly sized and aligned, it has a close grained spruce top, maple back, laminated of course, as are all Engelhardt basses. Beautiful brown shaded finish. This bass has the viol corners, like the ES series, with a jatoba fingerboard and tailpiece. This is a durable, yet responsive instrument, and is a great bargain for the bucks.
List Price - $2,125.00
All Kay and Engelhardt bodies are made by laminated construction rather than carved from solid wood. The necks are, of course, solid maple, the body fronts are spruce, the sides and backs are maple - the traditional woods for the stringed instrument family. Laminated basses were developed in the early twentieth century as a more robust alternative to carved instruments, for both price and longevity in hostile environments like USO tours, outdoor work, dry areas, and abusive conditions (like high schools!) A carved bass' large expanses of wood have no choice but to eventually crack and require repairs as they age at different rates and directions, and are especially vulnerable to low humidity, and high humidity and heat. Laminated basses were created to conquer those weaknesses.
Includes Gollihur Bass Bag (regularly $172.50)