Shen Bass Construction

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by jsf729, May 19, 2018.

  1. jsf729


    Dec 12, 2014
    Central Maryland
    Does anybody know if the Shen basses were constructed with hide glue? I've heard that the cheap Chinese basses are not and virtually impossible to repair due to PVA constuction. Not implying that the Shens are cheap/ inferior. I played one awhile ago and it played decent
  2. They appear to use some sort of flour based glue.
  3. jsf729


    Dec 12, 2014
    Central Maryland
    Interesting. I'll look into that. Thanks for the info!
  4. craigie

    craigie Guest

    Nov 11, 2015
    More likely rice based glue
  5. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    The tops are not difficult to remove. Significant repairs due to serious injuries from gig accidents haven't shown any particular challenges.
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  6. jsf729


    Dec 12, 2014
    Central Maryland
    Thanks Steve. Considering one now with some possible issues. Good to know. Answers my question.
  7. jdthebassman

    jdthebassman play to live live to play

    I would stay away from any Chinese made bass check out an upton bass made in the good ole usa.
  8. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    I had for a year or so a Shen Rogeri, and was very happy with it; every luthier I showed it to was impressed with the quality of the workmanship and the sound.
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  9. I’ve been playing a Shen hybrid for the past 4 years for my undergrad and will probably keep using it for another year or 2 before I decide to uprage. It’s a super solid bass that’s give me little to no issues in the desert I go to school at. The only issue I’ve had is a small seam that pops once a year where the back meets the left side rib, but it is an easy and cheap repair. Shen’s can be really great Basses, especially if you have a great luthier do a setup on it.
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  10. Look out for upraging.
  11. maccherokee

    maccherokee Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2014
    Orwell Ohio
    I just had a neck reset done on my SB180. The luthier said they used "cheap white glue" for the neck joint. He cleaned it all out and reset with hide glue. I've had the bass for about three years. I noticed the neck joint separating about 2 weeks ago. watched it creep for a few days and took it in for repair.
  12. jdthebassman

    jdthebassman play to live live to play

    you just proved my point
  13. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

    Apr 2, 2013
    Not really.
  14. maccherokee

    maccherokee Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2014
    Orwell Ohio
    Still very satisfied with the instrument overall.
    Kinda curious as to whether the issue I had is common with a Shen bass or if it was a one-off.
  15. Oh god I just saw that!
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  16. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    I have had my Shen for seven years now with no problems. There are some good basses being made in China, not just BSO's.
  17. Shen’s problem is economies of scale.

    To make the numbers work you have to produce a LOT of widgets.

    I’ve owned two and liked them for what they were, but I’m part of a luthier’s group on facespace whose members have posted photos of some hinky **** they encountered in the wild.
  18. freshbass


    Jul 17, 2004
    I've been shopping for a fully carved bass and just played a new leftover 2017 shen 5/8 Sb300 that had gorgeous tone and showed no signs of any issues at all, he gave me a great price so I am purchasing it as soon as it's been set-up for me. Given that pros often tour w/ them I expect they are quality basses. I've looked for construction method links but haven't found any yet. I have played Uptons but they were heavy and not all that resonant to my ears, but every bass is different so....The luthier I am buying from swears by Shen and had quite a few used ones that looked like they've never had any issues. I've seen basses on his rather extensive repair shop bench so I'd say his good reputation has been earned.
  19. Inky13


    Nov 13, 2016
    Buffalo NY
    If you haven’t already, check out the Shen owners club thread.