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Scheerhorn Bar worth the extra $$?...'seems like a bar is a bar.

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Nov 21, 2019 - 6:25:40 AM
158 posts since 10/7/2008

I've had a few different bars, and usually give them away after they acquire nicks or rough spots...but , my Dunlop and lap Dawg bars seem I missing something? is a bar like the Scheerhorn really that much better?

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:29:55 AM

2028 posts since 8/3/2008

Better for you or better for me?

Boutique bars are made with different profiles and angled ends. You have choices. I have a better chance of guessing what beers you prefer over which bars work best for you.


Nov 21, 2019 - 6:36:54 AM

158 posts since 10/7/2008

So, are bars like the Scheerhorn worththe extra cost, or is it a "Prestiege" item (Like, who would notice?)

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:39:40 AM

2028 posts since 8/3/2008

Again..Worthwhile to you? Haven't a clue. I play a boutique bar because it fits like an extension of my hand and enables me to do things that I can't easily do with a a more "generic" bar.


Nov 21, 2019 - 7:58:49 AM

158 posts since 10/7/2008

Excuse the repeats...was having more than a few problems with "data lag" with the early moring performance of my ISP.

Nov 21, 2019 - 7:59:18 AM

158 posts since 10/7/2008

Excuse the repeats...was having more than a few problems with "data lag" with the early moring performance of my ISP

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:14:43 AM

421 posts since 1/23/2010

Switched from lap dawgs to Tiptons years ago. Big difference for me. Deeper grooves for grip, sharper ends for pull offs. Just feels like it was made for my hand.

Nov 21, 2019 - 9:46:02 AM
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146 posts since 1/6/2015

You just have to try 'em all. The difference is in size and feel. I've never experienced a noticeable difference in quality between the various brands. If you can, the best way to 'shop around' is to go to a jam or festival and chat up your fellow reso-naters. People love to talk equipment and most folks would let you try theirs.

I really like the shape of the Scheerhorn bar, for instance, but I found it was a bit too small for my hand. I'm using the Charlie's bar these days.

Nov 21, 2019 - 10:08:26 AM

642 posts since 1/18/2012

Scheerhorn bar is certainly worth it to me. I prefer the chrome model. It just fits my hand right.
I've got four other bars in a drawer that are fine bars, but they don't feel right for my hand (or maybe my gripping muscle memory?). When I break out one of the others, I realize how much I like the Scheerhorn.
Interesting though, I don't like the stainless Scheerhorn nearly as much as the the chrome model (is the chrome even available any more?).

The other thing I've noticed: I've been playing a lot of steel in a local band with a 7/8" bullet bar. When I go back to my dobro bar (Scheerhorn), it's like removing the baseball bat swing weights when it's time to bat. So light and easy to grip!

Edited by - Lounge Primate on 11/21/2019 10:09:32

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:35:13 AM

133 posts since 4/3/2009

Mike got along fine with a Stevens,and he was pretty good...

Nov 21, 2019 - 12:26:02 PM

642 posts since 1/18/2012

Mike would have done just fine with a spark plug socket.

Nov 21, 2019 - 2:08:30 PM



955 posts since 6/13/2012

I use Ron Tipton #2 and Dunlop Long Dawg bars all the time... to each his own..

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:47:57 PM

2028 posts since 8/3/2008

Auldridge was a Lapdawg/Beard Bar user for a lot of years. Not that it mattered to me. He used Steven for years because well, that's all there was. ;-)


Nov 23, 2019 - 5:01:50 PM

17 posts since 10/19/2012

I have two bars from Elmer Bradley (and also two of his capos). When I first started learning dobro I just bought some basic bars to use (can't remember the brand). They seemed okay, but after a short time they got scratched up. Somewhere along the long the line I heard of Elmer Bradley and eventually I ended up with one stainless steel bar and also bought a "hardened" stainless steel bar from Elmer. I like them both and have been using them for years. I think so much of making and enjoying music and the instruments we play is very subjective. It is a journey where you learn what your limitations are and what works best for you and your situation.

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