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Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar  Vintage Sunburst 

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The Rogue VB-100 violin bass guitar features a flamed maple arched top and back with the European-style hollowbody that makes it lightweight and capa...Read More

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The Rogue VB-100 violin bass guitar 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 violin bass's 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 Rogue a serious violin bass nicely made with all the playability and tone of the original at a fraction of the cost.

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

FEATURES
  • Violin style hollowbody
  • Arched flamed maple top
  • Flamed maple body
  • Set-in neck joint
  • Hard rock maple neck
  • 22 frets
  • Rosewood bridge with custom trapeze-style tailpiece
  • Mini humbucker bridge and neck pickups
  • Controls: dual volume; bass, mid, and treble switches
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Vintage sunburst finish
  • Pearloid pickguard
  • Front and back body binding
  • Traditional 31" scale length
  • Case sold separately
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RogueVB100 Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (56)
  • Good feel (53)
  • Good tone (46)
  • Good pick up (34)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (10)
  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Jamming (43)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Recording (27)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (15), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Same as the lower priced Hofner

I bought the bass as an open box, mint conditioned item. The bass arrived double boxed and in great condition. There is no need for a set up, the action is low and...Read complete review

I bought the bass as an open box, mint conditioned item. The bass arrived double boxed and in great condition. There is no need for a set up, the action is low and the look and quality of the bass are amazing for a rogue (it's no secret that their products have a bad reputation). After playing for and hour and having played the lower priced Hofner bass earlier in the year, I can say that this bass feels and sound almost identical (this one feels more solid). Overall, I highly recommend this bass. All mine needs is a case and some LaBella flatwounds so that she'll really sing.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bummed

Wanted to like/use this instrument so bad but it's just not worth it. Thought about taking it down to my repair shop and getting the electronics fixed or swapped out but by the...Read complete review

Wanted to like/use this instrument so bad but it's just not worth it. Thought about taking it down to my repair shop and getting the electronics fixed or swapped out but by the time I do that I could have just purchased a better bass. Should have known better but I still feel like a kid who got coal for christmas.
Short scale, violin/viola style bass with switches and nobs plus the pick guard; not many basses fit this description
Ordered and received one of these but the volume nobs had a significant drop off and a little bit of noise and I couldn't tell any difference when operating the switches so I sent it back. Second instrument I was shipped had working volume nobs but the switches only sort of work. The solo/rhythm switch will not activate in the "solo" mode unless I hold it down, some kind of short, and the treble nob is finicky at best.
Hard to find a less expensive bass out there but I would have rather purchased something that works.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good bass

By 

from Virginia

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

First one I got buzzed so bad it sounded like distortion through the pick ups. The replacement is good. It has a slight buzz but it doesn't come through the pick ups.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass at Great Price

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from Montreal Canada

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

When I bought this bass I expected something cheap and looking like the pictures but the bass looks really great and is a lot darker than on the pictures and it sounds really good. Two things to note, there is a slight fret buzz but it will go away if you make some adjustment to the bridge and also you might want to get some flat wounds strings (seriously, this bass is made for flats), it will make it sound much better. I would recomend LaBella Beatle bass strings (that's what I use) but it really up to you.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Same as the lower priced Hofner

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from Carolina, PR

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    I bought the bass as an open box, mint conditioned item. The bass arrived double boxed and in great condition. There is no need for a set up, the action is low and the look and quality of the bass are amazing for a rogue (it's no secret that their products have a bad reputation). After playing for and hour and having played the lower priced Hofner bass earlier in the year, I can say that this bass feels and sound almost identical (this one feels more solid). Overall, I highly recommend this bass. All mine needs is a case and some LaBella flatwounds so that she'll really sing.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I have owned this Bass for over 9 years.

    By 

    from Brooklyn

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Sounds like a hoffner

    Cons

    • needs a little setup and TLC.

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    Usually products are reviewed within a few months of purchase. This is a departure from that motiff. I have a lefty version of this bass. I did a few things to improve the sound, some easy others slightly more difficult. In order these were the most significant improvements. 1- Change the strings to La Bella 760FX. 2- set up the intonation and string height. 3- with strings removed obviously, remove bridge, tape a piece of sandpaper (face up) by the bridge position. Sand down the wooden bridge to match the contour of the body moving it front to back on the bass. Only do this untill the bridge has achieved complete contact along its entire mass to the bass body. The sound transferance improvement was astounding.
    Wow, what a difference this made. It sounds like a Hoffner for less than 1/10 th the cost. Of couse each bass is different and might have other issues. The fretwork on my instrument was quite good to begin with. A friend of mine bought the same bass but as a righty. He had to file down the fret edges a little to get it to a happy place. Of couse checking the nut height might also be prudent. It is quite balanced and has a very nice finnish for the cost. Also, get yourself a vintage 60's strap to complete the image.

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    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Yes

    By 

    from Scottsboro, Al

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    I love the design. It's body style fits me perfect. I did have to change the strings though. I had what I guess you could call a buzz sound when I would slide my fingers up and down the strings. Got some rubber coated wire strings and elimated to extra noise.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All You Need Is Love And This Bass

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    from Corsicana , Texas

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

      Ive owned my Rogue VB100 for a while now and have gigged with it regularly. I have several other basses and this one gets played just as much. Took the strings it came with off pretty quick and have used flatwound and roundwounds of different brands / right now have a set of worn in Roto swingbass 66 light guage and Im happy with tone. Light gauge always cause makes it so ez to play and dosent strain the neck. I mod every bass I own and Ive tweaked some stuff on this / moved the strap button to balance better / put Hofner teacup tuning knobs on . When changing strings I do one at a time and a little trikey but used to it now and every change needs intonation check. Fine bass,I love it and proud to own. Often get comments from fans on its tone and/or look.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I would buy this bass agin

      By 

      from Sulphur,Louisiana

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

        Love the look.Light weight.Easy on the fret board.The case was a perfect fit.Great second bass to play.Didnt like the idea that it was made in China.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good fun bass,just don't be too picky....

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        from Long Island New York

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

        This is a low priced alternative to the Hofner violin bass.The pros:It is incredibly fun to play,the maple top and back look great,the pickups and electronics seem to work just fine(after you figure out how to use them correctly- they're a bit different then most basses)Nice warm tone as well.Intonation is spot-on after a little tweaking-it looks really cool too.The cons:Craftmanship is so-so,the fret markers dont exactly line up perfectly,also the bridge is not centered perfectly with the pickups(annoying stuff)control knobs feel kind of cheap,frets will need some dressing-they can be a bit sharp at the cuts-I took out my trusty mini file and rolled the frets-takes a little time but it's well worth it.Nut is plastic and seems cheap as well,but it was set correctly and I did not need to lower the strings at all(rare for an import).Of course this bass is very neck heavy(duh)and you should invest in a good suede strap to hold it in place.SOOOO-If you can look past the little things,and you know your way around the guitar bench and you can set it up nicely like I did,and you can concentrate on the good things-like how much fun it is to play this neat little bass-then by all means buy it.BTW-the Musicians Gear case fits this bass perfecly.

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        4.0

        Love it now

        By 

        from Waterloo

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

            Despite what others have said, I've been using the strings that came on it for 7 months now. Problem was first time I unplugged it, the input jack came apart. Had a guy replace it and now I love it. Playing in two bands, and my other three basses are gathering dust.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Value for your money.

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            from Elizabethton, Tennessee

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

              The finish is absolutely beautiful. The flame maple shimmers in the light and the bass just feels great. It's really easy to set up. (Intonation and action) it sounds amazing. The pictures don't do this bass justice. Buy it. The stock strings are really grippy so I would get new strings for it but they aren't terrible. But overall its a fantastic bass

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