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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...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 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.

Case sold separately

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 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (65)
  • Good feel (60)
  • Good tone (55)
  • Good pick up (37)
  • Solid electronics (29)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (12)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (54)
  • Jamming (50)
  • Small venues (36)
  • Recording (32)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (43), Professional musician (17), 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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5.0

Second one I have owned!

By T.B. Player

from Muldrow Oklahom

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Auditoriums
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    Bought this one to replace one I had 30 years ago that I snapped the neck on traveling with it on a daily basis. Have always like the violin style, (Paul Mccartney wanna be!) I have played Gibson, Fender, and Epiphone, all good brands in their own right, but I prefer this Rogue. Even with my cheap amp I can get the low bass tones I like. Actually played my first one with a group that opened for The Hinson, back in 1977.

     
    4.0

    The price was right for a good buy

    By Owen from twtm

    from Kck

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Quite a bit of neck dive

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

    Bought to replace my old Samick bass.

     
    4.0

    Great deal on a decent "Beatle" bass electric guitar

    By chris

    from oakley ca.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

        I like the shorter scale neck on this bass. A "normal" scale bass neck feels so huge to this guitar player. I was surprised by the deep tones this guitar was able to produce. It probably isn't a good bass for heavy rock or funky slap bass. But it works good playing Beatles songs (of course) and accompanying an acoustic guitar. It looks cool and kitchy just sitting there or hung on the wall.

         
        5.0

        Would recommend to anyone looking for that "Beatle" sound.

        By Bassman

        from Palm Harbor, FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        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:

          I've played Hofners and don't really like them. My 2 favorite basses are a '75 Fender Jazz (can't be beat) and a Gibson EB3. I also have a Fender 5 string which is nice also. This Rogue violin bass is as good as, in my opinion, a Hofner. Would recommend, especially for the price. Changed the tuning pegs (just the ivory end) to look like a Hofner, though they're hard to find.

           
          5.0

          Best Bang for the Buck Period.

          By Xiao Bao The Cat

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor initial setup.

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

          The factory setup is atrocious with a dead fret at the 1st, poor intonation, and a non-lubricated nut.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Just What I Expected

          By JB

          from DC Metro

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Tone
          • Price

          Cons

          • No manual or diagram
          • Not set up well

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

          With the unconventional control panel, it would have been nice to have a manual of how it works and a diagram of how it is wired. There is some hum, but when all switches are up or on, it is silent thru the amp and volume (only) for the pickups is controlled thru the two knobs.

          The bridge needed to be raised and the neck tension rod relieved slightly to reduce buzz/correct action.
          Strings were far too high from the bridge P/U

          Labella Beatle Bass flats are a must. While re-stringing, the ball ends of the strings did not fit thru the bridge until after I began to tighten them. (FYI)

          The VB100 is a decent, lo-cost alternative to the Hofner Iginition series if money is an object.

          Not recommended for beginners. The violin style bass is like no other and it's quirks can be enough to put off a student. This is my second bass.

          VB100, check.
          LaBella Light Beatle Bass Flats, check.
          The Beatles/1962-1966 (Bass Recorded Versions) book, check.

          Now I am ready!!

           
          5.0

          Best value guitar I own

          By Patrick

          from Florida

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

            MF had the Rogue Bass on sale, so I thought it was time to try one. This bass guitar is better then I expected, Great feel right out of the box. All switches and control knobs feel perfect. I can not find any flaws in body or neck. The tuners feel tight. This is my first bass, I play mainly an acoustic guitar, I wanted a practice bass for some Beatles songs, some recordings, so I didn't want to spend a lot on a guitar that might hardly get used. I've only had this bass guitar for a week and I can't put it down.. Truly a fun guitar.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            I would buy again if I could get one that is undamaged.

            By jmn

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Electronics Issue - Hum
            • Manufacturer's Box Dented - Not packed Well
            • Poor soldering

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

            I purchased this when Musician's Friend had it on sale around Labor Day for 80 off. Given the price paid it appeared to be a good deal when it arrived. The fit and finish were flawless and it looked quite good. It tuned up quickly and the set-up was close to spot on. The strings weren't horrible...not great however...and would be better with a different set, or flat wound strings. The big issue was hum...when plugged into my amp it hums...I tried different cables and even a different amp and there was still interference...possibly a lack of grounding. There was a persistent hum which became worse in solo mode and when I would cup and move my hand near the control knobs/panel. My guess is that something wasn't soldered correctly...I don't have this issue with my other bass or guitar under the same conditions. Needless to say I was disappointed and wasn't about to mess with opening it up and attempting a repair. I've sent it back for a replacement which is pending. If you can buy it on sale and get one that is soldered correctly, and is packed well then it is a great deal...especially if you want a short scale and change the strings. I will say I suspect the issue is the manufacturer's packaging...it really is lacking...two pieces of Styrofoam...no owners manual or reference to string gauges...so even though MF packs it well...it's still getting bounced around by UPS and something could come loose. If you can buy it right it may great if you get a good one. Otherwise, the Epiphone or the Hofner are a better bet on sale in my opinion depending on how good the sale is.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Well Worth the Wait

            By Rustybill

            from South Central Nebraska

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

              I ordered this bass on a whim since it was on sale for a ridiculously low price. I don't know how MF could sell it for such a low price. I'm primarily a guitar player but do play bass occasionally as needed. I have a Fender P-Bass and an LTD 5-string and love them both, but this adds a completely new dimension to my sonic library.
              First of all: Apparently MF and Rogue listen to the criticisms expressed in the reviews. Most of the fit and finish issues have been addressed and I could find no significant issues. The guitar is a beautiful amber color with a deep brown sunburst, not the sickly yellow that it appears to be on the website, and has a nice gloss finish. The flaming appears to be the real deal, not a "photo-flame" and is spectacular! Worst case is the edge of the pickguard was still a little rough, but that is easily corrected. The fret ends were perfectly finished, and the fretboard was bound which was a pleasant surprise, although sometimes binding hides the fact that the board is merely a rosewood veneer. But...I'm not going to peel the binding off to find out! The neck was almost perfectly straight so I dialed in a bit of neck relief and adjusted the bridge accordingly. Intonation is very close to perfect, something that can't be said for the latest Les Paul I bought, which is impossible to intonate correctly. Sad when Rouge quality exceeds Gibson USA's. I've never bought a guitar at any price point that did not need some set up. Each musician has somewhat different personal tastes and that is why these instruments are built with some degree of adjustability.
              I wasn't expecting a lot in the sound department, the pickups look kind of cheap and I thought for the money that I paid for this bass I could get new pickups some day. Wow, was I wrong! The deep woody tone sounds almost like a cross between an upright bass and a typical solid body electric. This may become my go-to bass for Sunday morning praise and worship.

               
              4.0

              I would purchase again

              By Zipp

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

                  A good starter instrument

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