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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • School bands (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3), Professional musician (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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(76 of 80 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best bass for the buck!

By Standupbass

from Washington

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

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!

(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warm Tones for Old Rockers

By Mickey

from PA

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

Owned a beatles bass years ago and regreted everyday since I sold it. This bass is as rich and warm sounding as the original I played. I actually prefer the look and tone to the new Hofners. The action is great, and the tone is perfect for older rock and blues. Besides tone and playability it looks awesome.

(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sir Paul Should play on this!!!

By Robert N.

from Hollywood FL

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

Don't break your bank looking for the real thing. They cost a lot more for the same quality. I was amazized by the heavy sound a cheap instrument could deliver. I own a gibson and a fender and amazingly I find myself taking this more and more to the gigs. It sounds great for the money and they look amazing on stage and there's always someone to say "wow... what a beautiful instrument". There will be a broader range of sound on different basses out there... but for price so right as this one.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Viola bass

By Gino

from virginia

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

I was going to trade in a jackson dinky for a squier p-bass. I saw the viola bass on the rack.Nice maple top and back, paint was well done, good sound, crisp, yet bassy. Short range scale, easier for fretting. Frets were nicely polished, tuners were ok. Needles to say I got it and I put it on my personal display. Beautiful instrument with good playability.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Flame top

By acousticbase56

from Virginia

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

Beautiful. This is a gorgeous bass when you see it in real life, I've owned mine for a couple years now, but on the way to a gig, it busted in an accident, so I needed a replacement bass. What did I do? Bought the new version! The action was perfect right out of the box, the tuner heads were nice and tight. The factory strings even sounded nice, they were very bright (which is not my favorite) but they sounded so clear and articulate! I might get some flatwounds later, just to see if they'd do it justice. The tonal control is amazing, this thing has so many voices, I never found them all on my old one, but maybe this time I will! Beautiful bass, a steal of a price, buy one today!

(17 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

amazing

By therazorzedge89

from baltimore MD

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

this bass can do any type of music and is beautiful, but you can not slap, fingertap(well), and if you use any type of distortion it has no growl so it doesnt get as distorted, and you will get bored of this bass very easily

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best for Performing and your Wallet.

By Beatlefan#1

from Chattanooga Tn

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

I have watched the anthology 3 times, almost every Beatle documentary on BBC, and have re-memorized HELP! and a Hard Days Night. I own 5 Beatle LP's, and Paul McCartney and Wing's world tour pamphlet. I can honestly say this is a very good replica of Paul McCartney's Violin bass. Great sound too. Easy to slide across, tune, and to play. It's a very comfortable to bass to play. The only thing is it's a little heavy. For the price, it's a steal. That is the great thing about Epiphone, it gives you the sound of a Martin, Gibson,or Fender for half the price. Not only do I recommend this product, but any product made by Epiphone to anyone(especially fans of the Beatles and Sir Paul McCartney).

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bass!

By Logan Stewart

from Indianapolis IN

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

I got this bass for christmas. My first one ever. I haven't been able to put it down since. I've been playing it for a week and i feel that it's exetremely easy to use, the only downfall is the neck heavyness but i don't mind. It sounds like an Upright bass with the right amp.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

not only for beatles fans!

By ian

from anehiem california

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

this bass is amazing. the second i plugged it in iheard the awsome deep bass tone im used to, but more!amazing bass.i like how the volume gives u so much control over ur sound the only negative comment is that it's hollow.not to say that thats a bad thing, but with this small body, the neck falls down when u stand up and play.still nothing that bad ,though.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Rick Gaines

from Potosi, Mo.

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

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.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Nice if you Like the Style

By Dave C.

from Ann Arbor, MI

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

For the price, this is a very nice bass, but only if matches your needs.This bass is a very relaxed sounding instrument. It's great for a nice low, smooth sound for those songs that only require a relaxing low end. The look of it is quite nice, but it looks like the finish in the store is different than the finish I got. If you're not looking to be a slap god and be front and center, this is a great bass. It's always nice to have a little variety.

(8 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

TRIED IT OUT ONLY

By Ben B

from Orange, CT

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for kickin Bass!!!

By Cody Dean

from Coeur d'Alene Idaho

Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

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!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More than a "Beatle Bass"

By JOHN CHAGNON

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not really perfect, but almost

By John

from undisclosed

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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.

    (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!

    (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

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

    By Worship Leader

    from Bel Air, MD

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    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

        Wow - What a great Bass

        By Joseph K. Tomalis

        from Reading, PA

        Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

        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.

        (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).

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