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Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar  Vintage Sunburst

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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
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RogueVB100 Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (67)
  • Good feel (61)
  • Good tone (56)
  • Good pick up (38)
  • Solid electronics (30)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (12)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (54)
  • Jamming (52)
  • Small venues (36)
  • Recording (33)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (19), Novice (12)

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

 

Good, with a catch...

The good: Got it since I am a big Beatles fan. It had that fat woody sound from the hollowbody construction, very light, and comfortable to play. In essence, it did what...Read complete review

The good: Got it since I am a big Beatles fan. It had that fat woody sound from the hollowbody construction, very light, and comfortable to play. In essence, it did what it was supposed to.

The bad: Quality. While it sounded great, fit and finish were not the greatest. Frets were fairly pronounced around the neck, so you can conceivably cut yourself. Never became an issue, though.... mostly since the A string 1st fret would not stop buzzing. By the time I got it to where it barely buzzed, the strings were raised way too high above the fretboard. Finally, the jack was loose. If you plugged in, it had a lot of play, so if you were walking around while playing, the cable would wiggle in the jack and cause popping in the amp. Needless to say, it was returned.

Honestly, given the price, it may be worthwhile to some to play the lottery and get one that works flawlessly. Given that this is generally a cheaper brand, I'd rather play it in store and make sure that it is perfect instead of sending it back and forth to the company in order to find the perfect one.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

After setup, an incredible bass guitar!

By KenW in Portland, OR

from Portland, OR

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Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin 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. 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.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rogue Beatle Bass Guitar

By Vanster

from North Carolina

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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

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    I am very well pleased with the quality contruction; the sound and playability. It will need some slight adjustment to string clearance and new strings. Comes with round wound strings which is fine but I prefer flatwound strings for this type of bass. I've been playing bass for over 40 years and I have owned the cheap and the expensive; but for the money you spend on this bass; this is one super deal. I have really enjoyed playing it; it's just plain fun to play; can hardly put it down. And, the feel it gives you makes you want to just run up and down on the neck instead of just sitting there thumping out some basic bass notes. You will love this guitar.

    (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Disappointing for the price

    By Thos Hohn

    from Midwest.

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    Outward appearance is nice; they took more care on the outside of the guitar than the inside or the actual workings of the guitar.

    If you want a guitar to hang on the wall over the mantel, this looks great.

    But if you want one that plays.....
    The bass came with a horrible rattle on all strings across the first three frets. The tuners wandered, holding the pitch for less than five minutes, and the electronics did not work very well. Both volume knobs were either no sound or full sound; no adjustment in between. The solo and rhythm switches were non-functional unless you held them down (try playing bass while doing that).

    Very disappointing considering the price I paid. Seems the place where they are made should take SOME pride in their craft.!
    See above.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I have owned this Bass for over 9 years.

    By Norm

    from Brooklyn, NY

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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.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Bass

    By TAH100

    from Staunton, VA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

      This is definitely a great purchase, especially for a die-hard Beatles fan. The finish was slightly different than the image; the edges of the burst were darker, closer to black, and the top grain blows the image away. Truly incredible. One thing to note; I was extremely impressed that right out of the box, intonation was perfect on 3 strings, and close on the fourth. I did not expect that! However, there was some fret buzz on the D and G strings; easily fixed with a 1/4 turn of the truss rod. The one real problem I had was when I changed the pathetic roundwound strings to the D'darrio chrome flats, the nut was pulled off by the low E string. But after some Elmer's Carpenter's glue, I haven't had any more trouble. Now for the sound- through my Peavey combo, this bass had tons of low end punch and thick sustain; sounding especially great for Beatles/Stones style stuff, but can probably do just about any genre but metal(obviously). I would definitely recommend this bass, along with flatwound strings, keeping in mind that it might need some adjustment. And if you don't know the basics of setting up guitars, learn them so you don't have to pay someone else to do it.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great bass

      By Kegger

      from Lansing, MI

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      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.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent bass

        By Studio B

        from Sinking Spring, PA

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        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.

          (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Rogue Violin Bass

          By Charles E. Jones

          from San Antonio, Texas

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          Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

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          This is my second bass that I received that didn't work. I had the identical problems with this one that I had with the previous guitar. I had played bass for twenty years and have purchased Rogue bassses in the past. This bss (The Beatles's violin) would not go into tune, rattled violently from the fret board. I have never had a bass that malfunctioned the way this one did. I have already repackaged it and asking for my money back. I feel that I want buy another one even though it has wonderful features but it want do this things a bass guitar should. This in my opinion is a bad product and whoever QC'ed this product in China must have had little or no training in musical instruments.

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          rouge bass

          By troy carter

          from montpelier, IN.

          Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

          got my bass in only four days, plugged it in, tuned it up, and played some anesthesia from the old Kill Em' All cd and fell in love with this thing. Paul McCartney would love this thing for the price and quality it holds
          gotta love the seperation of bass and treble with the easy knobs and switches but the solo switch adds so much sound quality for the right times
          very nice hollow body electric with no bolt on neck
          can't go wrong for the price if you want that look and sound

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Same as the lower priced Hofner

          By JeanMusicMan

          from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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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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