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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.

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  • 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 26 reviews)

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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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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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not really perfect, but almost

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from Kansas City, MO

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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.

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    5.0

    First bass and very satisfied

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    from Granger,IN

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    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.

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    5.0

    Awesome Bass!!!!

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    from Monroe MI

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    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!!!!

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    5.0

    Great Bass

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    from Cleveland, TN

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    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.

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    5.0

    BETTER THAN MOST BASSES

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    from tennesse

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    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).

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    5.0

    Amazing bass for any skill level

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    from Chicago, Illinios

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    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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    5.0

    Cant go wrong with this

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    from Pittsburgh PA

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    My dad and I picked up one of these about 6 months ago. At first I didnt want him to buy it because it wasnt "cool looking" enough for me....boy was that dumb! This thing is AMAZING. out of the three we have now, i can honestly say it's my favorite bass to play. Action on it it perfect for tapping, the pickups sound great. You can get anything from smooth low end to funk type slapping to growling trebly metal type sounds out of this, and thats just running off an Acoustic B10 amp(which i also recommend for a practice amp as well) The other thing is this bass is BEAUTIFUL! the finish is amazing, nothing on it feels cheap, set neck and finished neck back make it super easy to work up the fretboard. If you're thinking about buying this and unsure, dont be. For a bass at this price you cannot go wrong with this!

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    5.0

    awesome bass great price! get the epiphone case

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    from Chicago

    Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

    I have only been playing for the past 2 years and picked this bass up when I was ready for an upgrade from my first one. It is so much easier to play than the ibanez I had before. Great tones and can play a wide range of music. one thing to note is that though the neck is a little shorter than other basses, the neck is also heavier than the body so it tends to lean towards the neck when you are playing. Its still lighter than a lot of other basses. If you plan on taking this out of the house make sure you order have your local store order the case directly from Epiphone (part number #940-EVBCS) The case from Musicians Friend that GC has online does not fit this bass. Also the Epiphone one is cheaper and a whole lot nicer.

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    5.0

    More than a "Beatle Bass"

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    from St. Paul, MN

    Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

    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.

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    5.0

    Wow - What a great Bass

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    from Reading, PA

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    I bought this Bass 2 years ago, I use it in church so I wanted something without the horns. I demo'ed this model and fell in love with the tone. It can give a deep throaty bass sound, which I prefer, or other sounds as well. When you pluck the "A" string, it will ring forever, well close to forever. I also picked up an Acoustic B20 practice amp which works well for me. I shopped around and found this viola bass to suit my needs.

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