Shen SB200 5/8 bass

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.