Archive for: Basses For Sale

2003 Stringworks carved bass

16 Apr
April 16, 2018

We have a Stringworks “Maestro” bass from 2003.  This is a fully carved Chinese produced roundback in good condition.  It has a few dings but it’s structurally sound and well put together internally.

Some dimensions:

string length 41 1/8″

lower bout width 26″

upper bout width 19 3/4

rib depth 8″ tapering to 6 1/4″

length of back 44 1/4″

The setup includes a new fingerboard, French bridge and Ullsperger 10mm endpin. A nice sounding bass with a smaller string length.

$3500

New Romanian Corsini Elite

07 Feb
February 7, 2018

We have a new “Corsini” model from the Calin Wultur Workshop.  The top is spruce with tight grain at the center seam, the grain increasing in width at the flanks.  The side and two piece back use moderately flamed maple.

Some dimensions:

string length 40 7/8″

lower bout width 26″

upper bout width 19 3/4″

rib depth at lower block 8 3/4″

rib depth at upper block 6 3/4″

length of back 43 1/2″

The setup includes a new East African ebony fingerboard installed by or shop, Despiau bridge, New Harmony carbon endpin and Evah Pirazzi Weich strings.

This bass has a nice smaller size, the neck feels right and the string length is very manageable.  This could be a “do everything” type instrument.

$7500 with cover

 

 

New Shen SB150 5/8 hybrid bass

28 Nov
November 28, 2017

We have a new Shen 5/8 size hybrid bass with a carved top and laminated back and sides.   This one has some interesting figure in the spruce top and nice golden brown oil varnish.

Some dimensions:

lower bout width 25 1/4″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth at lower block 7 7/8″

rib depth at upper block  6 3/8″

length of back from lower point to the top of the button 43″

string length 39 1/2″

This bass is nicely set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger endpin and D’addario strings. A good size for a smaller person or someone looking for a bass that’s very easy to get around on.

$3000

 

2012 James A Reck handbuilt bass

02 Nov
November 2, 2017

We have a bass built by Iowa City violinmaker James Reck.  This bass has some interesting features, including a unusual outline and steep plate arching.  The maple used for the back and sides is highly flamed,  and both top and back plates use two piece, unblemished wood of really fine quality.  Nice golden brown oil varnish over a dark ground that accentuates the tool marks.

Some dimensions:

string length: 41 3/4″

lower bout width 26 3/4″

upper bout width 20 1/2″

rib depth lower block 8″

rib depth upper block 6 3/4″

length from bottom of bass to top of button 45 3/4″

This is a very responsive instrument with great projection,  for the professional player.

$13,5000

 

 

Shen SB200 “Classic”

21 Apr
April 21, 2017

We have a new Shen 200 level round back bass.  This is the model they call the “classic” which is similar in form to their hybrid basses, but fully carved.

This bass has a spruce top with maple sides and back and the maple version is a new project for Shen. Nice reddish  golden brown varnish.

Some dimensions:

string length 41 5/16″

lower bout width 26 1/4″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth at lower block 8 1/4

rib depth at upper block 6 1/8″

length from bottom of bass to top of back button 44 3/4″

Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm standard and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings. This bass is a bit brighter in tone compared to the Shen Classic with a mahogany back. Smaller profile neck.

 

$5000 with cover

 

Shen SB200 5/8 bass

03 Jul
July 3, 2016

We have a fully carved, roundback 5/8 sized bass from Shen.  Spruce top with maple back and sides. Some dimensions:

string length 39 3/8″

lower bout width 25 1/2″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth at lower block 8″

rib depth at upper block 6 3/8″

distance from bottom of bass to top of button 43″

The size of the body is similar to Shen’s very manageable  willow 3/4 instrument, but a bit shorter in  length.  5/8 size basses can be all over the place in  dimension and proportion but Shen seems to have struck a good balance here between sound and playability.  Great bass for a smaller person or someone just looking for an instrument that’s easy to navigate.

 

Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger endpin and Evah Pirazzi weich strings.

 

$4250 with Cushy brand cover

 

 

New Shen SB150 Hybrid bass

26 Feb
February 26, 2016

With a solid carved top and plywood back and sides these instruments have a fuller sound than a plywood bass, but offer a more durable and affordable alternative to a fully carved bass.   Set up with a Despiau bridge, genuine Ullsperger 10mm endpin, upgraded ebony tailpiece and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings.

$2950

 

 

New Carcassi Elite Bass

03 Oct
October 3, 2015

We have another  rounded back Carcassi copy from the Calin Wultur workshop.  The spruce top has some bearclaw figure and the bookmatched maple back has some nice flame and  interesting figure.

Some dimensions:

string length 41 1/2″

lower bout width 25 5/8″

upper bout width 20 1/2″

rib depth at the lower block 8 1/2″

rib depth at neck block 6 3/4″

distance from bottom of bass to top of back button 46″

The setup from our shop on this includes the installation of a new Gabon ebony fingerboard, Despiau bridge with our  beautiful  ebony bridge height adjusters,  as well as a New Harmony hollow carbon endpin.

We also substantially reshaped the neck,  going down to white wood which was varnished.  The “D” neck is now much narrower and feels very nice.

The geometry of this model manages to produce a full sound all across the range  as well as great access to the upper register due to the sloped shoulders. An impressive bass.

$8000

Shen SB200 Willow 3/4

12 Sep
September 12, 2015

This very popular and versatile instrument  has a spruce top with a nicely bookmatched willow back and willow ribs.  The elongated X shaped internal back bracing is designed to accommodate the inevitable wood movement in the flat back. Nicely set up with an adjustable Despiau bridge,  Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings and an Ullsperger tubular endpin.   A smaller bass with a big sound,  suitable for just about any style of playing.

$4200 with Bobolock cover

New Calin Wultur Elite gamba

22 Oct
October 22, 2014

Here’s a new 3/4 sized Romanian bass modeled on a German gamba shape. This has a carved round back and is made from European  spruce and maple.  The maple is moderately flamed  and the spruce top has a bit of bear claw figure.  Golden brown varnish with some nicely done antiquing. Some dimensions:

string length 41 5/16″

lower bout width 26 7/8″

upper bout width 19 5/8″

rib depth lower bout 8 5/8″

rib depth at the neck block 6 1/2″

distance from bottom of bass to top of button 45 1/4″

We replaced the fingerboard on this bass with a quality East African board, and substantially reshaped the neck for playing comfort.

Set up with a Despiau bridge, a New Harmony carbon endpin and currently strung with Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Weich strings.  This bass is a bit darker in tone than the last and projects a bit more as well. Very nice instrument.

$7500 with cover