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Unfinished eBay Chinese Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by ryanrydell, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. ryanrydell


    Sep 17, 2013
    Does anyone have an opinion or experience with buying one of those unfinished Chinese basses off eBay?

    I'm interested in buying one and setting it up myself. However I'm a little reluctant, wondering if the quality is good. Most claim to be hybrids or fully carved.

    Any thoughts?
  2. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT
  3. bssist


    Jun 23, 2007
    St. Louis, MO USA
    I have heard that they are completely useless junk, but not specifically from anyone who had 1st had experience with them. $600 seems like a lot of $$ for an unfinished ccb when you can get one much closer to payable for the same price or even a used englehardt in playable condition for between $500-$1000.
  4. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004
    "Unfinished" may mean more than you think it does. :D
  5. ryanrydell


    Sep 17, 2013
    I priced the rest of the parts needed to finish the bass. Total price would come out to around $1200 if I went with one of the $600 hybrid shells. Which is almost the price of a Shen. I'm still up in the air.

    drurb- ' "Unfinished" may mean more than you think it does' Thats the best comment I've heard so far.

    I'm still wondering if it's worht the time.
  6. Shen is a known quantity. This mystery meat is not.
  7. Digitalheadless


    Dec 27, 2013
    I've just started on a Headless version, Ash body, is very nicely finished just needs smooth finishing, the neck is straight as a die, there was no instructions but you can find em around the net or ask for help here I did, I've just finished prepping the wiring. IMO they seem ok up to now. I have seen one play on YT sounded ok but took some finding. I dont really know for certain how much mine was as it was a Christmas/B.Day prezzie of the Mrs and mi Daughter.

    The PUP are a bit to be desired but appear to work.

    There seem to be two type Stellah and Solo, mines a Stellah. The Solo ones come with instructions and apparently are better quality, but like I say Mines grand upto now :)

    Hope that helps :)

  8. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

    That doesn't sound like a double bass. Did someone get lost and mistakenly end up on the "pure" side of the boards?

    Get a teacher!
  9. That would be two separate posters in this thread alone...a new record?
  10. Digitalheadless


    Dec 27, 2013
    Ooops my mistake thought the price was high :) :) sorry guys, didn't realize just ignore my post I got the wrong end of the branch nevermind stick :)
  11. drurb

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

    Apr 17, 2004

    Thanks-- $1200 would be almost the price of a ply Shen. Still, I'm not suggesting that you go with the unfinished hybrid.
  12. bssist


    Jun 23, 2007
    St. Louis, MO USA
    Go for the Shen !! It is of a known quality.

    It most likely is not. You may spend another $600+ and 40-80 hrs or more and end up with something that is unplayable and would cost more to make playable than you have into it. Not to mention that the materials and techniques used at the factory my be such that the instrument may fail catastrophically within months of being strung up to pitch, and nobody with knowledge and a reputation is likely to be willing to work on it.
  13. misterbadger

    misterbadger Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2012
    Northern California
    Not to mention near-zero resale value of a DIY eBay bass. Contrast that with the equivalent Shen, which seem to fetch good money on the used market.
  14. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
  15. tdgllc96


    Nov 1, 2010
    Kinderhook, NY
    I looked at a number of these for a couple years before settling on a new Upton. I'm a pretty fair woodworker but the work involved was beyond me. Also, unless you've done this before, you're not really going to know when you have things right. I don't think you're going to wind up with an instrument you will enjoy.
  16. bssist


    Jun 23, 2007
    St. Louis, MO USA
    But if he applies the proper finish it will give a nice burn to toast marshmallows when he gets frustrated and decides to set it ablaze :)
  17. ryanrydell


    Sep 17, 2013
    I do love marshmallow.
  18. bssist


    Jun 23, 2007
    St. Louis, MO USA
    Smores for everyone!!
  19. ryanrydell


    Sep 17, 2013
    I have read the coda bass setup book, (not the whole thing cause it's about 2 inches thick) I mean the some of it. But with much success. I would like to say I almost double the volume of my previous hybrid by following its suggestions. And I also have a copy of Peter chandlers book "So you want to build a double bass...." I would like to think if I had the tools and the hours I could build or at least put together a decent setup.

    I have emailed some of the company's on DH gate and eBay about their construction techniques, also asking about the types of glues they use. So far none of them have given me a straight answer.

    Thanks for the advise. I probably would be happier with the sound of a well setup laminated bass than a self setup mystery bass from china.