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Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar Vintage Sunburst 

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Overview

  • Violin style hollowbody
  • Arched flamed maple top
  • Flamed maple body
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $399.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $180.00
  • Your Price:
    $21999

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

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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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

The style made famous by the Beatles. Now you can make it famous again. Order yours today.

 
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RogueVB100 Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (43)
  • Good feel (41)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Good pick up (27)
  • Solid electronics (21)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (7)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (37)
  • Jamming (33)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Recording (20)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (13), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

After setup, an incredible bass guitar!

The only reason I don't give this instrument a 10 is that the appearance of a crack in the neck really spooked me, and the bass needs a setup to really make it fly....Read complete review

The only reason I don't give this instrument a 10 is that the appearance of a crack in the neck really spooked me, and the bass needs a setup to really make it fly. I wish you could hear how this thing sounds, freshly set up and with my upgraded Marshall amp. The sound is loud (instrument has hot sounding pickups when played in the solo switch position) and the tone is awesome. I love it.
The Rogue VB100 violin bass has all the features you want, if you want an incredibly good acoustic (big upright) bass sound. Other folks indicate this is is not a suitable bass for slap bass technique, but that is not my style anyhow.
At first, I was greatly dismayed that there was an apparent crack at the heel of the neck, where the neck curves around and then joins the body. A luthier said it is not a crack, but rather a lamination joint, and the glue had oozed out just a trace, raising the finish just enough to make it visible. I'm no long as concerned on that matter. The good news is that you get an incredibly good sounding bass for a give-away low price. The bad news is that this instrument really needs a good set-up to make it play and sound professional. Being an amateur luthier, here are my hints:
(1) The pickups are not adjusted properly. They should be 1/8 inch (three mm) from the bottom of the string to the top of the pickup, for both forward and rear pickup; this is done while you are pressing on the string at the last fret. Turn the small screw just to the side of the pickup bar clockwise to raise the pickup, and counter-clockwise to lower it. Here comes the rub. The rear pickup (close to the bridge) is way too low to allow enough adjustment to get it into specs! To fix this, go to the hardware store, and buy four mounting screws that are 1/4 inch longer. Buy eight small brass nuts, just big enough for the screws to slip through. Remove the existing screws, lift up the mount of the pickup, and use two nuts under each screw, with the nuts between the body of the bass and the bottom of the pickup mount. You are thus shimming up the pickup body with these nuts. You could use other material , but brass goes with the color of the bass body. Attach the pickup with your new, longer screws. Now you can adjust the pickup to get it into specs. (If you don't do this, the rear pickup will be too low, so it sounds kind of dead, and you will only be getting appreciable tone out of the front pickup.)
(2) Replace the strings with flatwound. I like the Fender stainless steel light gauge full length strings. The are inexpensive, and sound like a million bucks.
(3) Take a fine mill-cut file, and lightly file the frets, with the file laying flat across the frets, lengthwise with the instrument. This will level the frets. Use the file on any sharp fret edges at the side of the neck. (Do this before you put on the new strings!)
(4) Remove the pickguard and fill the mounting screw holes with two small black-coated screws from a hardware store. You don't need a pickguard on a bass that is played with the fingers.
(5) Put some thin oil on on the tuners, where the knkobs turn. From the factory, the tuners are squeeky and sound cheap. With the oil, they are much better.
(6) Nut adjustment: Use a small set of files to lower the action on any strings that are too high. Excessive string height at the nut will throw off the intonation.
(6) Adjust the intonation. With a chromatic tuner, play each string and then play it at the 12th fret. It should sound the same. If it is too low in pitch when played at the 12th fret, the bridge needs to be brought forward; if too high, move the bridge back. The bridge itself can be moved, and also the individual strings can be adjusted by removing the string, and moving the little fret piece the string sits on in the bridge, forward or back.

There are very some minor finish issues, which did not exist with my Korean model of this instrument. (This is made in China). The switches and knobs all work OK. For the INCREDIBLE tone and low price, I am not sweating out tiny finish issues.
I think this Rogue violin bass is an absolute steal at the low price it is, considering that it is the best sounding bass I have ever heard, once I got it all adjusted. My Korean bass of the same model didn't sound this good, but then I was ignorant about the need to shim up the rear pickup. Also, after selling the Korean model, I put an Emminence Legend P102 speaker in my Marshall MB30 amp, giving an upgrade in sound.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Review by Dan

I give the guitar a 6 for overall rating due to cosmetic flaws by manufactuer.
There were several cosmetic flaws which were very notable upon inspection of the instrument. There definitely needs...Read complete review

I give the guitar a 6 for overall rating due to cosmetic flaws by manufactuer.
There were several cosmetic flaws which were very notable upon inspection of the instrument. There definitely needs to be more quality control in the factory that is assembling the guitar. Glue was sprayed over with clear coting and where the neck meets the body of the guitar and there were flaws in trim lines. There were wear marks on the headstock where the guitar was hung to dry.
The price is the lowest on the market for a violin bass and the sound is great for the price paid, but should be priced lower due to consmetic issues. The guitar could be sold at a higher price if the cosmetic flaws could be corrected. Rogue should require quality inspections on the assembly line and not accept guitars in the condition that I received.

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5.0

Great bass for the price

By Joe

from Moca, PR

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast play
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Lightweight
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    This bass sounds, looks and plays great, very fast and supremely lightweight, I couldn't find anything wrong with it, except the neck humbucker chrome plate didn't have the best finish like the bridge one, but other than that this a great bass for the price.

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    4.0

    Great bass

    By Kegger

    from Lansing, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

      My wife bought me this as a gift for our wedding in 2005, and I have always loved it. It needed setup as it was shipped direct, but that was no problem, mostly just to turn the bridge up. It is good for many purposes, and I use it for recording, practicing, and gigging in a rock band. It's well suited for early classic sound like early 'Stones and Beatles stuff, and I use it on nearly all of our acoustic stuff. Has a great tone and sound in an acoustic setting. For heavier stuff, I still use a Fender P, but I play this on nearly everything else. I am thinking about replacing the pots, as they taper too quickly in my opinion (That's the only reason I didn't give 5 stars), but otherwise is a very sound instrument. I replaced the original strings with flatwounds to suit my preference. Never had issues with it and it holds up well in gigs.

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      5.0

      Great Bass for the money

      By sjsmicmack

      from Anniston Al.

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • This Is A Great Buy

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Church
      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

      If you are looking for a violin bass this is the one to get. It plays great sounds great and is fun to play. I received it with only having to tune, every thing was set up and ready to play.Finish was in great condition, no marks or scuffs. I have put off buying one for a long time glad I went ahead and and got one.

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      4.0

      Very good value for money

      By The Big C

      from Melbourne Australia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

      I bought this as an impulse buy. I was not disappointed. I always wanted a hofner but they are way, way overpriced for what they are, excluding the Hofner Icon series.
      Out of the box it needed some set up, and I changed the strings to DÁdario Chromes flatwound which gave it a nice accoustic thump.
      Being a short scale base it is very easy to get around the fretboard and feels very nice.

      On the negative side, the electronics need contant cleaning with 3im1 contact cleaner as the switches and knobs get sticky and crackle.Easy fixed but annoying.
      The finish is pretty bad with paint cracking around the neck joint due to overspray. And the sharp body edges do dig into the wrist. and the sound is nice but a bit limited.

      For the money its great but could be awesome with a little bit of extra care by the maker.

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      5.0

      Excellent bass

      By Studio B

      from Sinking Spring, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

        Great bass. Can have that pre-1965 Beatles sound, heavier mid 1960s tone, or tight, crisp, rich or fat sound...basically, you can get any popular kind of bass ambience out of it with minimal fuss. Only issues when it came were a few tiny scratches on the pickguard, which I thought gave it some character and the bridge, which only needed to be lowered a bit (easily enough done with its two screws.) Neck was straight, tuners solid, fit and finish excellent. Once the bridge was adjusted down (dial-in process took 5 minutes total) this bass played beautifully. IMO, plays and sounds better than a Hõfner 500. I was astonished as were the other guys in our band. To me, worth way more than its selling price.

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        5.0

        Amazing Value....

        By Bob C.

        from Bella Vista, AR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

          You won't believe the tones and ease of playing this bass guitar. One of the best I've ever owned.

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          5.0

          very pleased

          By 2666loco

          from Springfield Missouri

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

            I bought this one because of the Beatles, like most buyers probably. I have a 160 watt Crate amp. The combo will rock the whole house! Great stress reliever to play with the Beatles, Roy Orbison, John Fogerty, etc. I am happy with it and very happy with the price. Beautiful finish, flame maple. Beautiful tone, none of the problems mentioned by other reviewers. I completely recommend it. No cons I can find.

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            5.0

            Impressive buy for the money

            By Robinhood889

            from Dubois Pa

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Club Venues
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Jam
            • Recording
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

              I play pro and session for many years and I do use a Rick.and Hofner 1967 for playing and recording.I also play guitar and several other instruments.My wife is a violin player and had always played around with my bass guitars.We tried some lessons together and she wanted her own.I wanted to get her a different one but as a beginner she wanted this one.The only thing out of the box was a slight bridge adjustment.She is thrilled and for an inexpensive bass I was as well.She is taking lessons off you tube and from me and enjoying her self.She likes he strings the way they are.

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              4.0

              Thanks

              By musiccowgirl

              from Arizona

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

                only been playing a year and this bass is so much easier to play,

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Violin bass

                By musiccowgirl

                from Arizona

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Tone Switch Was Bad

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

                I believe the bass was damaged in route,Tone switch caused buzzing when back pick up was touched, not enough padding around the bass when shipped. BUT Musicians Friend replaced it right away. Thanks MF .. will enjoy playing this next gig. also I am a woman and the VB is lighter and easier for me to play.

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