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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 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (57)
  • Good feel (54)
  • Good tone (47)
  • Good pick up (34)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (11)
  • Craftsmanship (5)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Jamming (43)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Recording (27)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (15), Novice (10)

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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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good, with a catch...

By Beatles Fan

from Chattanooga, TN

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    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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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good bass

    By Pedantic ignorance

    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

    By JR13

    from Montreal Canada

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    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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    By JeanMusicMan

    from San Juan, Puerto Rico

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    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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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I have owned this Bass for over 9 years.

      By Norm

      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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      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Yes

      By D

      from Scottsboro, Al

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      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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      By Rogg

      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 Jelly Mann

        from Sulphur,Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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....

          By toomanyguitars

          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 Lefty

          from Waterloo

          About Me Experienced

          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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