Item # 518394 | Customer Ratings: ( 5 Based on 30 reviews)

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A vintage British style bass with a short scale and mini humbucking pickups.

This veteran from the British invasion is back without the vintage price tag! Mod looks and warm, bass tone come together as a result of its hollow laminated maple body with a short-scale 30" maple neck, elegant flamed maple top and dual bass mini-humbucking pickups. Other features include a floating rosewood bridge with trapeze tailpiece, 2 volumes, 1 tone, chrome hardware, and vintage sunburst finish.

Epiphone VIOLA BASS VS Features:

  • Style: hollowbody viola shape
    Body: laminated maple
    Neck: set maple
    Finish: Vintage sunburst
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    Fingerboard inlays: dot
    Pickups: NYR & NYT mini humbuckers
    Controls: 2 volumes, 1 tone
    Bridge: floating rosewood
    Tailpiece: trapeze
    Hardware: chrome
    Scale length: 30.5"
    Nut Width: 1.65"

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  • Great Bass

    As reviewed by Rick Gaines on 1/21/2011

    I have played bass for 42 years. Like many I was a big Beatle fan. I have always wanted a Hofner but did not like the price. I saw this bass along with the knock off Hofners. After playing the Hofner, I picked up the Epiphone. WOW was I surprised. The sound beat the Hofner hands down. The fit and finish was perfect. The sound was deep and soulfull with good mids. The action was set at the factory and I must say they got it right. Did not have to change a thing. It holds tune very well. I am very happy with this bass. It did take me a bit to get use to the short scale. I would tell you to try this bass, you will love it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great for kickin Bass!!!

    As reviewed by Cody Dean on 1/3/2012

    I bought this bass today from the local GC in Spokane, I must say it's a GREAT bass! The tone of this bass is beautiful, it's light weight and smaller than most basses out there. Keep in mind this was created for Rock N' Roll not Metal and Slap bass. I say this bass is worth every penny, so go get one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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  • More than a "Beatle Bass"

    As reviewed by JOHN CHAGNON on 12/1/2012

    First a quick rant. Even Epiphone hints at this instrument as a "Beatle Bass" yet the Beatles have been over for more than 40 years and if you think about this instrument only in terms of something hearkening back to the Fab Four you're doing yourself and this instrument a disservice. It's what you do, and not what Paul McCartney may have done with an instrument that resembles this one, that makes this bass special. This bass is pleasing to the eyes. You'll stand out in a world of slabs and if you appreciate beauty as part of the vibe of an instrument this one will not disappoint. In a world where people sometimes pay extra to have a factory "distress" an instrument many of us prefer not to pose as world weary musicians with beat up gear. This bass oozes good looks and cool. The instrument is light and easy to handle. If you play the bass a while you'll realize that its not so good to have ten or more pounds hanging from your neck for several hours at a time. This bass, by my inaccurate scale, is about seven pounds or so. A few pounds can make a whole lot of difference in a two hour show and this bass floats on your shoulder. The neck of this instrument is short scale and narrow so moving up and down the fretboard is reasonably simple. If you have larger hands, as I do, the narrow neck actually provides a number of interesting options for muting techniques and you can use the size of your hands to quickly move to various positions. The sound of the instrument is more versatile than one might think. You can change the strings, set it up the way you want, play around with the tone and volume. Don't let the "Beatle" stereotype crimp your imagination. Yes, you can even tap and slap with this as you and the instrument adjust to each other. Finally, if you do feel the need to compare, the build quality of this instrument is better than any of the other viola basses in its price point. This instrument feels substantial and looks like someone took some time to get things right. A little care and it should last a long time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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