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Rogue VB100 Series II 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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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. Don't be fooled by the tiny price; this is a serious instrument nicely made with all the playability and tone of the original at a fraction of the cost.

FEATURES
  • Arched flamed maple top
  • Hollowbody
  • Pearloid pickguard
  • Front and back body binding
  • Custom trapeze
  • Traditional 31" scale length
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4.8

(based on 93 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible Bass (even at triple the price)

Okay, I've owned this bass for almost three months now, and I've put her through her paces in full - rehearsals, recording, and serious all-night gigs. Now, I've owned Fenders, Gibsons,...Read complete review

Okay, I've owned this bass for almost three months now, and I've put her through her paces in full - rehearsals, recording, and serious all-night gigs. Now, I've owned Fenders, Gibsons, Rickenbackers, Warwicks, MusicMans, Ibanezes, and Steinbergers (hey, it was the 80s), and while this little Rogue is the cheapest of all the basses I've ever owned, it's my current favorite. First of all, this is a hollow body short scale bass (a la Sir Paul's Hofner), and it certainly sounds a LOT better when strung with flatwound strings, so if you're looking for a bright, sharp attack growler, this ain't the bass. If, on the other hand, you want the full, deep, thumpy tone of a hollow body, you simply cannot go wrong with the Rogue.The finish on this bass is an exquisite gloss honey burst top, back, and neck, with gloss black sides and headstock overlay. The flame maple veneer on the top and back are beautiful (about a AAA grade), and my neck is even flamey, which is probably not a standard feature (I think I got lucky). There are a couple of light buff marks on the top by the neck joint; otherwise the finish is perfect. The neck is a wonderfully chunky rounded profile, much more reminiscent of the actual Hofner neck, that fills my hand perfectly yet doesn't put too much separation between the strings towards the body. Granted, I have large hands, and prefer chunky necks, but I don't like the Fender tendency to fan the strings out as they approach the bridge.The hardware is more than adequate, and with a slight movement of the bridge I was able to intonate the bass perfectly for all strings except the A, which is approximately 1.5 cents flat at the 12th fret (perfectly acceptable for a floating bridge). The electronics sound great, and though the volume knobs have an extreme taper to them, rendering them all but unusable, this bass was meant to be run with the volumes wide open, and the switches placed in whatever selection you prefer (I go the McCartney route of Treble Off, Bass On, Solo On). The pickups are quiet, surprisingly full and clear, and VERY hot, in fact the hottest passive bass pickups I've ever experienced. The sound with flatwounds is full, deep, and thumpy, with better sustain that you might think. The bandmates in all three of my bands simply love it. I haven't yet had the opportunity to play the new Hofner Icon, but compared to the German model (which I have played extensively), I'd say the Rogue is slightly brighter, with longer sustain, and more resistant to feedback (the maple top of the Rogue compared to the spruce top of the Hofner probably accounts for this in large part). Bottom line: if you want an inexpensive, unusual, great-looking and great-sounding bass, the Rogue is an exceptional buy. I could not be happier with it, even if it cost three times as much.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This ain't no Beatles/Hofner bass!

I got this bass a few years back and sold it a year or two later. My problem is that it didn't give me the Beatles/Hofner tone that I wanted. It sounds more...Read complete review

I got this bass a few years back and sold it a year or two later. My problem is that it didn't give me the Beatles/Hofner tone that I wanted. It sounds more like an acoustic bass, sharp, not warm like the hofenr or even 95% of the electric basses out there. If you want an acoustic bass tone, get this bass, if you want the Hofner/Beatles tone, get the Hofner. I sold this bass and ended up buying the Epiphone Casino electric guitar and haven't looked back.

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5.0

Not happy with packaging

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Very nice bass. Very very poor packaging

 
5.0

Its my baby!!

By Rick-jX-qy

from Ohio

I have been playing bass for 20 years now. I've had my Rouge for 10 years. I've played everything from a Jackson to Ric. This is by far the most comfortable and best sounding out of them all. I play it exculusively. Someday I'll get a Hoff. just to say I have one, but for the money you wont find a better bass ANYWHERE!

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Mattack64

from San Fransico, Ca

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Ive been playing this bass for 18 months now, and i still love it. the only problem i have with it is the output jack. the hex nut castantly loosens, even when i dont plug in in and out, and i had to put 2 different screws in because the ones it came with didnt go in deep enough. when i first got the bass the pickups werent good, replaces those and everything is fine. great beginner bass, i play this in a band and i love it. Maybe once a week i have to tighten the hexnut, but it stays in tune decently well.

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This bass is one of the best values out there. I replaced the strings with flatwounds and have been playing it several times a week for over two years. no problems whatsover. looks, plays, and sounds like a much more expensive bass. just get it!

 
5.0

I'm in love with this bass

By BeatleJuice9

from Buffalo, NY

I just recently got the bass in the mail after the shipping was screwed up, so it was even better when I got it. Though it has roundwound strings, it sounded very good to me and haven't changed the strings yet. It is light weight and plays beatifully. When I pick it up, I feel like I never want to put it down. I love my Rogue Violin bass!

 
5.0

Wonderful instrument

By Tony Dismukes

from Lexington, KY

I got the Rogue Violin Bass a few years ago as a Christmas present, and have been absolutely in love with it ever since. It sounds better and looks better than my old Fender Precision Bass. I also really appreciate the fact that it's very light. I used to have aching shoulders at the end of a gig or long rehearal session from the weight of my Fender Bass. In contrast, I could carry my Rogue VB all day without really feeling it.I would recommend this bass over others that I've tried that cost 2-3 x more.

 
5.0

Great Bass,good price!!!!

By Mark Crow

from chicago

Im a professional musican of 30 years and play a lot of clubs. We do a lot of classic rock etc. This bass was very affordable and is rugged. Most importantly, it sounds very full, puchy and present. I can get the Beatleish sound of course, but also a sort of Jaco Pastotius type frettless sound. Ive had mine for years, its awesome, rugged and I get a lot of compliments on the sound. Don't pay top dollar for the German original, you are largely paying for nostalgia. Like Miles Davis said"if it sounds good,its right".

 
3.0

This ain't no Beatles/Hofner bass!

By ClaptonFanDan

from Shingle Springs, CA

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I got this bass a few years back and sold it a year or two later. My problem is that it didn't give me the Beatles/Hofner tone that I wanted. It sounds more like an acoustic bass, sharp, not warm like the hofenr or even 95% of the electric basses out there. If you want an acoustic bass tone, get this bass, if you want the Hofner/Beatles tone, get the Hofner. I sold this bass and ended up buying the Epiphone Casino electric guitar and haven't looked back.

 
5.0

not for metal

By playsbase

from lex.ky

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I got my bass today. I must say it is very nice fit and finish all top notch I am very surprised body binding, sealed keys, book matched all features of a instrument costing hundreds more. I plugged it in and the p/u

 
3.0

its ok

By angry brit

from liver pool

I got this bass on my birthday 2007 and loved it. After about a month it broke (the pegs that held the strap on) an the free gig bag did not fit.

 
5.0

Rouge's Violin Bass-BANG for your buck

By Dirty_Dog_Bootlegs

from Washington NJ

I own this baby, and I also own her sister A Jay Turser violin bass. This instrument is surprisingly well put together, and ballances beautifuly. The pickups are very respondant and the over all quality is EXCEPTIONAL for this price. Highly Reccomended to hollow Bass fans.

 
5.0

Pretty Good

By paul1964

from Undisclosed

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I'm inpressed by the value of this bass. its pretty similar to the epiphone viola bass, but it looks more like a Beatles bass. Its electronics are very good, for the money. It plays well, after a few tweaks to the set-up (i.e. intonation, and hieght of the strings). The bridge is on the cheap side and it wouldnt hurt to replace it, but over all its a great deal for the money. dont hesitate, go get it!

 
5.0

Violin Bass

By Zak-7Dq90

from NJ

I've been playing bass for over 3 years and wanted another one. As soon as I saw the violin bass, I knew I had to have it. Not only did I love the look of it but it sounded great as well! I'm really into rock n'roll and this bass is perfect to play it!!!!

 
5.0

Excellent Beatle Clone Bass

By BigBassman!!!!!

from New York

I bought this bass back in 2000 and it is great! I changed the strings to di adarrio half rounds and I am still able to get that Macca beatle tone. I have giged with it and received many compliemnts as well. This bass is a great price for a knock off if you cant afford he price of a real hofner!!

 
5.0

A Great Bass for Old Skool Tone

By Joe-juJv0

from North Carolina, U.S.A.

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I purchased my Rogue VB100 back in 2001 and I still use it for studio work and for jamming with friends. I havn't played live much in years but this is a bass that's great for grabbing and heading off for gig or just a fun ole jam night with your pals. I agree that Flatwound strings work better with this bass, but that's just what I prefer. I recommned using the lighest gauged Flatwound strings (45-100) at first because the heavier ones may split the rosewood bridge. If you are fortunate enough to own a vintage or reissue Hofner Beatle Bass and don't want to chance it out on the road, then this Rogue VB100 is a great road warrior. Do however at least get a quality gig bag for protection. Oh BTW, the Bassist for the Jazz trio Medeski, Martin, and Wood (don't know which one is which) uses one of these VB100's on the road as well, so it must be a good bass then. Mine still plays and sounds great after 9 years. I still have the same Flatwound strings that I put on when I first got it.

 
5.0

its the best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this bass is the best bass i own and i have 5. it sonds great and has a good feel to it the only problem iv had with it was when i droped it all i had to do was pay 20$ to get it playn over all a great bass for anyone so buy it

 
5.0

Reproduction Hofner

By BKS

from New Hampshire

I always wanted a Hofner but for the money this is one very nice guitar. Beautuful finish, feel and sound. Do not hesitate on this one, you will be pleased.

 
5.0

Great bass -- but...

By RickInDenver-na5WI

from Denver CO

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I want to echo the sentiments of other reviewers that this bass is amazing for the price. I've had it for over a year and it plays great, feels great and looks great. I also agree that you need to replace the strings with flats (mine are Rotosound Jazz Bass) and get it properly set up. One thing I'm surprised about is that the pick guard is incredibly cheap-looking, but a screwdriver is all it takes to remove it. Believe me, you'll want to!

 
5.0

Great Bass

By Frankie1961

from DC

I am a right handed bass player who is a long time Beatlemania McCartney wanna-be. I decided to by a lefty Rogue VB100 to see if I could actually learn to play left handed. The quality of the bass far exceeds my left handed playing ability. As someone who owns an old Hofner, I can honestly say this bass has a great sound and feel. I would recommend it to anyone.

 
5.0

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By manny

from Wallingford P.A.

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I,ve been playing bass for several years now, and this was my first bass, it has wonderful sound, it looks great, and it's lightwieght and easy to play. It remains my favorite bass.

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