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Epiphone Viola Bass VS  

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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 ne... Read More

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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.

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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EpiphoneViola Bass VS
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

best bass for the buck!

Wow! I have been playing double bass for six years, and bass guitar for three, and may I say, that this bass is the best of both worlds! It has two, sweet...Read complete review

Wow! I have been playing double bass for six years, and bass guitar for three, and may I say, that this bass is the best of both worlds! It has two, sweet humbuckers, that with a little judicial use of messing with your tone, can go from a warm, smooth, low-end groove, to crystalline highs for a funky snap! Because of it's semi-hollow construction, it is very light, and good to go for hours of playing; this style of build also adds that rich, acoustic bass flavor to your sound! The neck is very fast, with a very nice, thin profile so jumping from note-to-note just got that much easier! And because of the short scale, you can really fly on this bass with massive octave working. The finish is beautiful and I could not be happier. Buy one today, it's worth every penny and more!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

TRIED IT OUT ONLY

I tried this bass out and immediately put it back down. I thought the bass had a treble-like and distorted sound. But some other people loved it on here, so try it out...Read complete review

I tried this bass out and immediately put it back down. I thought the bass had a treble-like and distorted sound. But some other people loved it on here, so try it out to see if you like it.

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5.0

Get this bass!

By Andrew

from Rialto, California

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

    Absolutely love this bass. I chose this one over the hofner and feel like I made a good decision. It has a great beautiful look and feel. The tone is great though I may change the strings to flats lik everyone's been saying to do, to get that Beatles tone. Doing everything in my power to protect this bass without a case it's that beautiful.

     
    5.0

    Come for the look, stay for the sound

    By JacksDad

    from Omaha, NE

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

      Saw the Hofner Ed Sullivan special on the wall and as a Beatles fan was drawn to it. Played it a bit and it was "ok". Then I saw the Epi a few slots over and the look of the body, the wood grain, the sunburst, it was a much prettier guitar. So I picked it up plugged it into the same amp and was blown away at how much louder and purer the sound was. It was night and day from the Hofner and $50 less. It is a head-heavy guitar, but not uncomfortable. And it's much lighter than my 5 string Ibanez. In fact, I've sold my 5 string because I play this constantly. I can slap and pop this thing or get that nice stand-up thump without any pedals, just by playing with the tone controls. Don't be fooled into paying more for a bass, you'd only be wasting your money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this bass again

      By Greg

      from Monticllo, Ill

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

        I find the

        The Epiphone Violin Electric Bass to be a great bass for any thing you would want to do in any venue. My friends are impressed with the sound and the looks of this bass. I showed a pic. of it to a co-worker who plays a double bass he was very impressed with it. So yes I would recommend this to a friend. It is a step up from what II was playing.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Set up great right out of the box delivered to my home.

        By Worship Leader

        from Bel Air, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

            I was going to buy a Hofner Viola and saw this right next to it. After player both I was amazed at how much better the Epiphone played and sounded. I was actually a little disappointed. I'd been wanted a Hofner, like McCartney, and I like the switches, which the Epiphone doesn't have. But I couldn't deny the sound and playability being far superior with the Epiphone. Funny thing is, nobody really knows the difference. Everyone just sees the Viola body and thinks it's the Hofner anyway! :0)

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Not really perfect, but almost

            By John in KC North

            from Kansas City, MO

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I have been playing for around 50 years and for other than a brief period using a Vox bass, I have been a Fender guy. I recently joined a group influenced by 60s garage band music and asked my son to let me try out his Viola bass. I changed the strings from the stock roundwounds to LaBella HBB2 flatwounds and thought the tone was amazing and so did the rest of the group who are used to using high end equipment. I then bought my own after comparing with a Hofner Ignition. I liked the tonal range of the Viola better. I have now been using it for several months during practice, recording and shows, and find it hard to believe such a low priced bass could work out so well. It seems to have reasonably solid construction and doesn't lose it's tuning during a 1 ½ hour show. I purchased the Epiphone case made for it rather than the violin bass cases Guitar Center carries but they seem to be pretty solid also.

              The negatives: The pickup rings are not centered with the pickup routing holes so the offset causes the pickups to be at an angle to the strings. I took the first bass back and exchanged it for one with less of an angle and will probably re-drill the pickup ring mounting holes to center the pickups and get the pickups flat. I originally thought it was a Korea vs China thing but noticed the pickups are also angled on my son's Korean version.

              Also, there is no way to get perfect intonation on all four strings which was not unexpected. So I set the bridge up for the E and G strings and by tuning at the 5th fret I get pretty close.

              The setup on the neck was almost perfectly flat from the store and it took several months before I noticed a slight fret buzz on the D string at the 5th fret. I added a slight relief and the buzz was gone.

              Other than the issues above which can be easily fixed, I don't think there is another option that compares for price, playability and tone to the Epiphone Viola bass. I wouldn't use it for Classic Rock but it is perfect for the mid 60s garage and invasion sound.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              First bass and very satisfied

              By Tim

              from Granger,IN

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I decided to buy my first bass at age 42 and I am very satisfied. I liked the look and feel of the guitar when I went to my local Guitar Center but decided to buy online. The online customer reviews were helpful in deciding to purchase this model as it was somewhat overwhelming to choose my first instrument. The transaction was painless and I received my purchase within a few days. With the help of online aids and my teenage son, I have learned to play with many of my favorite classic rock songs. With more experience, I will be able to compare playing to other basses but the shorter scale is comfortable . For an overall value I would recommend this guitar.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Bass!!!!

              By JOHN CIACELLI

              from Monroe MI

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I am very impressed with every aspect of this bass. Great sound, feel, looks and quality. As far as quality goes, I recommend anyone considering this bass, look at the Hofner Ignition as well as the Contempoary and see which is better quality in your opinion. The Contemporary is twice as much in price and not as well made in my opinion. Your $, you be the judge. This is not a cheap bass in any way, other than the price. I own basses that cost 5 times more and I must say, I like this one just as well. Awesome Bass Indeed!!!!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Bass

              By ANGELA HAYES

              from Cleveland, TN

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I have played two of these at guitar center and both have been flawless. If you're a Beatles fan, you're going to love this bass. It has the capability of all of Paul's basses throughout the Beatles career. I even tried it out with some Bruno Mars and it sounded flawless. If you're looking for a Beatles style bass, get this one instead of the Hofner Ignition. The other one is a cheap 70's based model which some how costs more but feels worse than the Epiphone.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BETTER THAN MOST BASSES

              By old greg

              from tennesse

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I bought this guy from gc not too long ago and let me tell you it is such a great deal.It's very lightweight and has a beautiful sound to it.overall the finish is beautiful as well this is a steal for only 300 bucks.But the neck is slim for those of you who prefer fat necks.(also the thunder bird epiphone is a great one too just thought id put that out there as well).

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing bass for any skill level

              By Robert Melvin

              from Chicago, Illinios

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I'm majoring in music composition and jazz performance at Colombia in Chicago and this bass is the best instrument I've ever owned. I use it for jazz and punk rock and with the wide range that the tone knobs give you i'm sure it would be great for other genres too. The hollow body allows you to practice without power and gives the bass a warm tone. It's not the best for slap bass but its great for pick bass and regular plucking. Its a great bass, you should definitely go grab one!

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