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Epiphone Viola Bass VS   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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.

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"

Order a unique sounding bass with vintage vibe!

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EpiphoneViola Bass VS
 
4.7

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (13)
    • Jamming (11)
    • Recording (11)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Novice (4), Professional musician (3)

    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.

    VS

    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

    Excellent bass

    By Ian

    from Golden, CO

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Cheap Pots
    • Floating Bridge

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

    I bought this bass secondhand on craigslist after getting in a particularly impulsive mood to own a viola shaped bass. I chose this one over the rogue or hofner ignition, because I much prefer the 3 knob control pannel with a tone knob rather than the switchboard w/o a tone control. That being said my main complaint on this bass is that the pots/controls have very little taper; essentially full volume/tone or none. this is pretty typical of cheaper instruments so i was expecting it.

    another minor complaint is the floating bridge. I can be nudged around if you are playing aggressively and will reckless abandon. When I took it into my luthier for setup he offered to put pins in the body that extend into the bridge to keep it in place, which will come in handly later when I change the strings. My luthier did this free of charge, so it is a very cheap mod.

    this bass does have great sound though; the humbuckers are extremely noiseless and would be great for in the studio. After adjusting to the short scale this bass is extremely fun to play. Awesome for Beatles (obviously) and any classic rock/older styles of music.

    I highly recommend this bass! just make sure you put flatwound strings on it and it really sings!

    (Mine was manufactured in 2010)

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    5.0

    Yes. Yes Yes Yes.

    By Doot

    from Charlotte, NC

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Short scale

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

      Slap some D'Addario Chromes on this thing and you're so set. It will most likely need a setup but once you got her how you want her you'll fall in love. THE easiest bass to play. The short scale is perfecto, you can get that mellow, warm tone but also get some punch by rolling off the neck and boosting that bridge pickup. I would reccomend it without a doubt, I'll never get rid of it.

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      5.0

      Quality instrument

      By Gtrpcknman

      from Western SD

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

        Excellent craftsmanship... plays great, looks sharp, and has a very solid feel.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        These are the bass you are looking for.

        By BassOrBust

        from Midwest, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

          This bass came set up from Epiphone bang on at the 12th fret harmonic and with the strings perfectly set. A quick tune and I was jamming. The amount of tonal control is rather astounding with the stock strings, the neck is fast, the tuners good (I had a bit of drift but I'm attributing it to brand new strings) and the playability is pretty much bind-blowing.

          Stop trying to decide which "McBass" to get. THIS is it.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yeah. It is really that good.

          By CzYfOx

          from Perry Ga

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

            I got this Bass as a gift. I wanted one to play around on. I couldn't be more pleased. Everything is perfect, even the intonation was on. There is a small scuff mark where the tail piece sits on the body and even that is perfect. It is right where it needs to go. I am retired from "The music scene" but I still play around with some local guys doing Country Blue Grass and I do some home recording. Again, this bass is perfect for what I do. I can rave all day but if you want to hear it I did some quick tracks here https://soundcloud.com/lancecarter/beetle-bass

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's Fab!!!

            By Never Too Many Guitars

            from Fredericksburg, VA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

              I had seen one of these the first year Epi came out with this style. I didn't like the finish nor the feel so I didn't even bother to see how it sounded. The one I saw was more cherry sunburst rather than the vintage sunburst. In fact the first one I saw had a clownish finish, too red to yellow finish. I have to tell you this vintage sunburst is what made me take a second look and I'm glad I did. What a fun one to play. I'm a guitar player most of the time and this little bass feels, plays and handles like a guitar. The neck feels like a neck on an old Les Paul Deluxe. I have replaced the strings with black taped flat wounds and adjusted the string height and as they say It plays like butter. The tone is that British Invasion sound, full and heavy, yet warm. If you don't want or can't pay out a lot of money but want that "sound" buy one you won't be disappointed.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Epiphone Fit and Finish...Perfect...

              By Danno

              from Frederick, MD

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Beautiful finish
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Light Weight
              • Outstanding Price
              • Solid Electronics
              • Vintage Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Our Beatles Set
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

                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.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love it!!!

                By Tumbleweed

                from Orangeburg, SC

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                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:

                  Iam glad I invested the extra money over the cheaper brand. This little Bass is awesome. Iam sure Hofner is jealous. If you need the pick guard, you have to make one.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Value - Very Well Made

                  By Sky Chief

                  from New Jersey

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

                      I've been wanting a violin bass for a while but didn't want to go for a German Hofner so I checked out this against a Hofner Ignition. The Epiphone beats out the Hofner by a mile and at a considerable savings. No comparison with fit and finish and overall construction. Also, the head stock and tuners on the Hofner really felt and looked cheap compared to the Epi. This also feels better in my hands and has a smoother and more powerful low end compared to the Hofner. The factory setup was a little high as others have said although this was easily adjusted within a few minutes. Overall, its a very easy and fun bass to play bass to play with dynamite looks at a great price. I highly recommend it!

                      Comment on this review

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great bass

                      By p.a.

                      from avon ohio

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Epiphone Viola Bass VS:

                        The viola bass came right on time.Great look and finish.Plays great.Will be changing to flat wounds soon.Glad I decided to go with this one.

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