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Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass   

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The Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass features a flamed maple arched top and back with the European-style hollowbody that makes it lightweight and capable of ...Read More

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A classic design with updated appointments to make it even sweeter than the original!

The Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass features a flamed maple arched top and back with the European-style hollowbody that makes it lightweight and capable of deep, resonant bass tones. The traditional 31" scale offers immediate familiarity in your hands. A custom trapeze tailpiece, pearloid pickguard, and body binding on front and back are added touches.

  • Arched flamed maple top
  • Hollowbody
  • Pearloid pickguard
  • Front and back body binding
  • Custom trapeze

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A Nice Surprise!

I own a V63 Hofner, 500/1 Violin Bass (Beatle Bass.) I bought it new, 3 years ago. (A birthday present from me TO me!) I mention this to provide...Read complete review

I own a V63 Hofner, 500/1 Violin Bass (Beatle Bass.) I bought it new, 3 years ago. (A birthday present from me TO me!) I mention this to provide a little insight into my review. I love the Hofner, not to mention, they are built better than when I had an original, in 1966, and the vibe is second to none.Having said that, WHAT A GAS THE VB-100 IS FOR THE $179.99 I PAID! (I got lucky. I don't know why it showed as 179.99 on 10/30, but after I ordered it, I refreshed my browser, and it was 199.99. STILL a bargain.)The quality is quite decent, save for some glue on the fret board. There is a seem in the middle of the sides that shows where the top and bottom are joined. Not a big deal, but it's there. The finish is very nice, the flamed top and back are pretty, but the back is not perfectly book matched. A problem? Not at all. Tuners stay in tune, pups sound nice enough, neck is excellent, frets are quite good, and the binding is very decent.Once you understand that the quality is quite goodt, ( I have four Gibsons, and had to pick and chose to get the ones with the best quality. So, expensive guitars have flaws as well.)You can look beyond that.The control panel actually works, and quite well I might add. It's on par with the Hofner. The weight of the bass is just right, and it does not feel cheap. The surprise is, it is one VERY FUN BASS TO PLAY! I realize I have only had it for a few days, but it's great fun. In some ways, I enjoy it better that the Hofner. Not to mention, you don't have to worry about it that much. I have it on a stand, so it's available at any time.This is one "cheap" guitar that is not only fun to play, but will hold it's own against expensive basses. And, as I said, the neck is excellent. A little flatter than the Hofner's and I almost prefer it. (Figure the Hofner to be equivalent to a Fender Strats soft V neck and the Rogue a Strats modern C.All in all, this is a nice quality, fun to play, good looking and sounding bargain. It is a real instrument and not just a beginner's toy. Play it with pride, it's worth 3 times what your paying.PS. I hate to say it, but I don't mind the round wounds. They're a change and kind of interesting. I will change them at some point, though. Buy this Bass, NOW!


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I recently bought this bass with great expectations of having something speical in quality and sound.BUT,what a great disapointment this thing turned out to be.I recently retired my "FENDER PERCISSON",and wanted...Read complete review

I recently bought this bass with great expectations of having something speical in quality and sound.BUT,what a great disapointment this thing turned out to be.I recently retired my "FENDER PERCISSON",and wanted something newer with the great sound my fender had.I liked the looks of the this violin bass and thought if its a spin off of a Hofner,its got to be good,but it wasn't at all that way.I was playing a gig and all of a sudden my cord fell out of the jack,I went to plug it back in,"BUT NO JACK"!it had fell into the hole inside the guitar when I turned the guitar over to plug in the cord,the outside nut had come off that holds it to the plate.The band had to stop in the middle of a set so I could fix the guitar.I went to take the screws out of the plate only to notice that they were loose also,they had been striped in the holes.Then I had to take the plate off where the controls were to push the jack back though the hole back into that plate only to find the outside nut that holds the jack into place WAS STRIPED this is why the jack fell into the hole when I turned the guitar over to plug the cord back in.I took the back nut off and attached it to the front to hold the jack.This was enbarassing to say the least,with a brand new guitar at that!

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Scott Tunes

By Scott Tunes

from Rochester, NY

Many years ago I owned an actual Hofner "Beatle Bass" (from the 1960s) and it had issues. My old Beatle Bass had a twisted neck which caused very inaccurate intonation. The neck had been professionally repaired by a violin maker who did a good job (all things considered). I recently acquired a Rogue VB100 and I love it! Believe me when I tell you this bass nails the Hofner sound. The Rogue features updated tuners and the floating bridge is adjustable for respectable intonation. The Rogue looks and feels right and surprisingly has many tone variations through a good bass amp. I don't how Rogue did it, but they did! I really like this bass.

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This ain't no Hofner/Beatle bass!

By ClaptonFanDan

from Shingle Springs, CA

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I owned this bass and didn't like it. It did not sound anything like the Hofner bass that Sir Paul had in the Beatles. This bass sounded more like an acoustic bass rather than the infamous warm tone of Paul's Hofner. I ended up selling this bass. After this I ended up playing the guitar and haven't looked back.


Rogue VB-100 bass

By Day

from Ely, Nevada

The low string slaps when you play it. I play with my fingers (no pick), and the lowest string seems too loose. Overall, it's not bad, and the short scale is nice.


Best value on the market!

By Pilgrim-lWBMp

from Fort Collins, CO

This bass is beautifully made, light and pleasant to play, and the sound is absolutely dynamite. I have 8 basses and this is one of my favorites. It plays well, sounds great, and the build and finish quality is outstanding. You can't go wrong with this bass.


Good looks, good sound, good bass

By Eduardo

from Las Vegas, NV

It comes quite close to the Hofner while sticking to a friendlier price. It looks amazing, specialy to Beatles' fans & it sounds just as good with enough punch & depth to fill in any emptyness in the music. I, being mainly a guitarist myself have found this bass to be the easiest to play as it's a bit smaller than your average bass, although I've heard negative comments about this from bassists who are used to & prefer the bigger size of regular basses but I still think this is a nice thing for guitarists looking to explore the bass world & small people who have a hard time getting around a regular bass.All in all, you can't get a better bass for the price.


A deal that Hofner can't beat!!! (Part 5)

If this bass is in limited supply, I highly recommend grabbing this sweet little instrument.Whether you're a seasoned bassist who has developed playing chops on an upright bass or one of the 34" scale electric basses (i.e., Precision Bass) or a guitarist who wants to grab some extra gigs as a bass player, the Rogue VB-100 can fill your playing needs.The 30" scale is fast and easy. The hollow body provides a deep sound that is not commonly found on short-scale electric basses.If you want more of my comments, just check out the other four reviews that I've submitted.


Really sweet

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This one is my first bass, so I may not know what I'm talking about. All the same this is a really sweet bass. If you don't have enough money to get the Hofner you should really get this one. I'm in an indie band and this bass goes really good with the rest of the band and it sounds great. Their old bass guy had like some crapy 100 dollar bass and now we sound a lot better and we are so much popular. All and all this a really sweet base if you dont have the cash for the hofner.


I play it 8 days a week!

By Beatman

from Chicago, IL

I have a degree in music, played in professional bands and am a versatile musician (drums piano, guitar). I purchased this Rogue bass after through research on Hofner's and the copycat Epiphone. As an avid fan and admire of Macca' and Beatle's music for decades, I had always looked to purchase the Viola Hofner. In my research, comparisons in the quality and most importantly the sound were taken into account. In short, unless your are an art colector and have money to burn, the Hofner simply can't compare-much too costly for a very close sound that can be achieved in the Rogue. As other reviews have suggested, the flat wounds make a significant difference in tone and are much easier to play than what is provided with the instrument's intitial purchase. For those with musianship oddities like myself, I changed the nut above so my left handed bodied bass was strung right-handed to accommodate how Ive learned to play stringed insturments (weird). However, this alteration of the bass had no impact at all and was easy to do by the luthier technician in town. I have allowed seasoned bass players ck out this ax and all of them are sincerely amazed at its overall quality, price and ease of playability. Not to mention, this bass is just so much fun really to play because of its lightweight, neck is a little shorter and different from the norm that's available. Bang for the buck, this bass blows all of them out of the water!! I assure you it will be immposible to put it down.


Sweet Bass Awsome Sound

By Your Bass Man

from Uledi PA

This bass looks great and sounds great. This bass is just as good looking as the Hofner Violin Bass. It sounds the same as the Hofner. It has a simi hollow body, and neck-thru construction. This is a very light weight bass. It has three switches so you can change from bass to treble, and you can also put it on rhythm or solo. One thing you should know is that this bass has a shorter neck than most basses. But over all I have been really pleased with this bass. I think that who ever buys this bass they will really like it.


Amazing Sound


from Danville, KY

I recently was in the market for a new Bass guitar. Since I only play bass during home recording projects I did not want to spend a fortune for a good sounding Bass. After reading some reviews on the Rogue violin Bass I decided to purchase one. Wow! did I do the right thing. This guitar is one of the best I've played. For the price, you can't beat it. For an inexpensive bass, it stays in tune and sounds great. Plug it into a decent amp and you won't be disappointed.

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