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NBD: Shen SB190 5/8-3/4

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by nostatic, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    After almost 20 years since I played upright regularly I decided it was time to double again. Did some research then decided to not admire the problem for too long and bought one that I liked. I went in thinking Shen SB100, but since I'm spoiled on the electric side my budget crept up. I ended up with an instrument that so far I like a lot. It is one of the Shen SB190s that has the 5/8 body with 3/4 neck. It was between that and an SB200 but for once I decided to save a bit of money. Plus I like the idea of the hybrid and aesthetically dig flatbacks so win-win. Strung with Spirocore weichs (I run light gauge on my electrics and have to be careful about avoiding tendonitis and RSI). I installed the KK this evening after a bit if filing and am not crazy about the sound but I never have been happy with amplified upright (though a necessity if I'm going to do jazz gigs with it). Truth be told my Rob Allen Deep 4 sounds way better amplified, but they are different beasts. Also picked up both French and German bows and have a lesson scheduled for next weekend to help make sure I don't reacquire a bunch of bad habits.

    The fun begins again...


  2. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Congrats-- looks nice! Not surprised that you don't find the K&K to be impressive. Head over to the amps, etc. forum and you'll see how you can instantly spend the money you saved! :)
  3. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    A Fishman Full Circle should get you a better sound. Then there is the string conundrum. Pairing the right strings with the right pickup. Against all expectations I went with LaBella 7710s for my current jazz setup.
  4. I've got the same bass, currently strung with an old set of Spiro weichen. My Ehrlund pickup certainly does a good job on this setup...
  5. That thing is sweet!

    I've got an SB100 and I love it. I really want to get a set of Spirocore's as I think they are probably a better finger style string than my Innovation Honeys. I'm new to upright though, just learning all this stuff..

    How long have you been playing upright?

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