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.
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.
$4500 with cover