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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 l...Read More

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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"
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EpiphoneViola Bass VS
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (15)
    • Jamming (13)
    • Recording (12)
    • Small venues (11)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), 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.

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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

    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.

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    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.

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      5.0

      It's an Epi! … no feather weight

      By Wally Wurld

      from Somewhere very hot - USA

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      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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          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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                (3 of 4 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.

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