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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

Available 10-14-2016

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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
 
4.2

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

94%

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 (12)
  • Craftsmanship (6)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (48)
  • Jamming (43)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Recording (27)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (37), Professional musician (16), 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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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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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not Worth it

      By Bman

      from Winnipeg, canada

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Looks nice

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Made out of garbage
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Self Loathing

      Comments about Rogue VB100 Violin Bass Guitar:

      I bought it because this bass is made in the same factory as the Epiphone. However there are large differences in the build/parts quality. Ephiphone has a much better neck, better electronics, better hardware, even small details like felted strap locks are missing on the Rogue.

      It buzzes so badly it is completely unplayable. The neck is so so so bad.

      Another upset is the bridge shown in the photos are NOT what you'll receive. The bridge is not rosewood, but some cheap buzzing poorly moulded plastic.

      There are loose wood chips and glue inside the body that rattle around.

      There are scratches in the finish and glue smeared on the hardware/pickups out of the box.

      The holes cut around the switches look like they were carved with a steak knife.

      I will be spending some cash to bring this up to the same playability as the Epiphone costing me way more in the end.

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      (4 of 5 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 4 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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        (3 of 4 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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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I have owned this Bass for over 9 years.

          By NormBass

          from Brooklyn, NY

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          Verified Reviewer

          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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          Ask me a question

          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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