We have a rare model from Shen, a smaller roundback gamba shaped bass with a mahogany back and maple ribs. The spruce top has bear claw figure and overall the wood variety used produces a nice look.
string length 41 3/8″
lower bout width 25 3/4″
upper bout width 20 3/8″
rib depth lower block 8 1/4″
rib depth upper block 6 1/4″
length of back 44 3/4″
With pizzicato the bass has a punchy mid range that sounds great for jazz. And it’s nice with the bow too, with a sound that’s a bit brighter than the willow version.
Set up with a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm endpin and Pirastro Perpetual strings.