New Shen SB200 Willow gamba roundback bass

February 25, 2019

Here’s yet another new model from Shen. This instrument uses the same form as the popular flat back willow 3/4 bass,  but has a rounded carved back.  Note:  the ribs on all the willow basses from Shen are laminated now.  Many fine instrument makers use this technique – it helps to keep the sides from warping and splitting.

Some dimensions:

lower bout width 25″

upper bout width 20″

rib depth lower block 8 1/4″ tapering to 6 1/4 at the upper block

length of back 44 3/4″

string length 41 5/8

Like it’s flat back cousin these instruments have a nice smaller size, sound great and offer a lot of bass for the money.  The setup includes a Despiau bridge, Ullsperger 10mm endpin, and Pirastro Evah Pirazzi weich strings.