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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good tone (20)
  • Solid electronics (17)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Jamming (16)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone Fit and Finish...Perfect...

I've looked at and played many hollow and semi-hollow bodied bases in my time, and they all have distinct sound and feel differences. This bass is light, easy to play, looks good and...Read complete review

I've looked at and played many hollow and semi-hollow bodied bases in my time, and they all have distinct sound and feel differences. This bass is light, easy to play, looks good and has a great tonal range. It sounds great when you play early Beatles tunes as well...Maybe that's why Will Lee of the "Fab Faux" uses one with his tribute band.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Epiphone viola bass

I got this bass without ever playing it or hearing it, but I was still really excited to get it. The first thing I noticed was the amazing finish. The bass looks like...Read complete review

I got this bass without ever playing it or hearing it, but I was still really excited to get it. The first thing I noticed was the amazing finish. The bass looks like a champion. But then I put a strap on it, put it on and plugged it in. The bass is extremely neck heavy. To the point that you have to hold it up as you play. The wooden bridge is weak and the strings pop off if you pluck to hard which causes lots of problems. The bass sounds great. Lots of versatility between the neck and bridge pickups. But I never could fully take advantage of them because I was too busy making sure the strings weren't popping off the bridge. It also has significant amounts of fret buzzing, and overall weird fretwork. the neck is extremely thin and I have big hands so that didn't work out to well. The upper frets are impossible to reach because there is no cutaway and the heavy neck falls down when you take you hand off to head to the higher range. There are no contours to this bass. It feels really awkward against your body. But if this is the bass you like, go ahead have at it. Its just not for me. I sold it a few months ago.

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5.0

Very good, I would buy this product again

By JUAN

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

Very good, I would buy this product again.

 
5.0

Get this bass!

By Andrew

from Bloomington 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)

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great all-around modern bass.

            By GORGO

            from Mountain City, Tennessee

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

            I mainly bought this bass as a,secondary instrument to be used on recording of more mellow and folky tunes that my band was working on. Since then I have sold my jazz bass and made this my primary instrument. Honestly the vintage look is a little misleading because this bass has the modern electronics to sound like any epiphone bass out there. Hard rock tunes sound just as good on this as mellow folk as long as you have the right setup (flatwound or rounds) and know what tones you're looking for. Don't hesitate to buy this bass.

            (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.

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Unique Take on a Classic Design

              By SJ

              from West Virginia, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              This is a very nice bass for the price. Epiphone seems to build very good instruments for reasonable prices. They and Musician's Friend could (and should) update the stock photos for this instrument, as the actual guitar is nothing in color like the one in the pictures. It's very beautiful in person, much more like traditional vintage sunburst, and very glossy. You won't be dissapointed if you have any good taste in asethetics.

              That being said, this is such a fun bass to play. It's like the perfect bridge between a guitar and a full scale bass, not only in length (obviously), but also in the size of the neck. Personally, I really like the neck, which is not tiny or flimsy feeling, but is solid and thick. It's not too wide, and the strings are spaced very nicely. The neck is a bit heavy, but nothing you should worry about too much unless you're an incredibly frail person. Mine arrived set up almost perfectly with a little fret buzz that honestly wouldn't be all that noticable if it weren't semihollow.

              One can get a fine array of tones out of the Viola with the two volume and master tone controls. That was the selling point for me as a matter of personal preference over the Hofner, which has the traditional volume knobs with tone control switches--that's just too busy for me.

              A very nice bass all-in-all. If you like the resonance of a semi-hollow bass with the thump of a short scale, and like a vintage tone, but also versatility, you might enjoy the Epi Viola.

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Light Weight and Fun to Play

              By PhilRox

              from Holland, Michigan

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

                Love this bass. The band I play in is an acoustic group and this bass fits the groups look and sounds. I changed the strings to flatwounds which makes it sound much better. Note: It's a short scale bass but you'll need medium scale strings because of the tail piece.

                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It's an Epi! … no feather weight

                By Wally Wurld

                from Somewhere very hot - USA

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

                    A tough call, Epi vs other violin basses . so many reviews, pros & cons . I decided on the Epi .

                    Out of box . was in tune and set up fairly well . slightly heavier than a Hoff . maple top (like a 335) vs spruce on the Hoff is partly reason . not as heavy as the Epi Zenith semi hollow, which is so solid could be used as a tail rudder on a tug boat . hahh! . But the Viola does have a "not gonna shatter" if it falls over, secure appeal . well constructed (I owned a Hoff Club in the 60's, t'was light as a feather and did exactly that when knocked over . neck broke off ) .

                    I had a specific use in mind for this bass . I replaced the strings with D'Addario Piccolo's and set it up accordingly . was able to get a very low action, no buzz and a very sweet warm cello effect . zero fret (unique to the Epi) is a plus, allowing for some nice open tuning and chords that sound nice and evenly sustained across the board. and the shorter scale using higher pitched strings works perfectly for intonation. finish is flawless, and beautiful . I like the No pick guard, because I play with fingers, senseless to have one . and it looks better .

                    Otherwise it's new, so I can't say how well it will hold up, but I've never had a problem with an Epi . and these are made in Korea . not China . IMHO is also a plus . good luck shopping .

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