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Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass

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The Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass features a flamed maple arched top and back with the European-style hollowbody that makes it lightweight and capable of ...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 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 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.

  • Arched flamed maple top
  • Hollowbody
  • Pearloid pickguard
  • Front and back body binding
  • Custom trapeze
  • Traditional 31" scale length

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A Nice Surprise!

I own a V63 Hofner, 500/1 Violin Bass (Beatle Bass.) I bought it new, 3 years ago. (A birthday present from me TO me!) I mention this to provide...Read complete review

I own a V63 Hofner, 500/1 Violin Bass (Beatle Bass.) I bought it new, 3 years ago. (A birthday present from me TO me!) I mention this to provide a little insight into my review. I love the Hofner, not to mention, they are built better than when I had an original, in 1966, and the vibe is second to none.Having said that, WHAT A GAS THE VB-100 IS FOR THE $179.99 I PAID! (I got lucky. I don't know why it showed as 179.99 on 10/30, but after I ordered it, I refreshed my browser, and it was 199.99. STILL a bargain.)The quality is quite decent, save for some glue on the fret board. There is a seem in the middle of the sides that shows where the top and bottom are joined. Not a big deal, but it's there. The finish is very nice, the flamed top and back are pretty, but the back is not perfectly book matched. A problem? Not at all. Tuners stay in tune, pups sound nice enough, neck is excellent, frets are quite good, and the binding is very decent.Once you understand that the quality is quite goodt, ( I have four Gibsons, and had to pick and chose to get the ones with the best quality. So, expensive guitars have flaws as well.)You can look beyond that.The control panel actually works, and quite well I might add. It's on par with the Hofner. The weight of the bass is just right, and it does not feel cheap. The surprise is, it is one VERY FUN BASS TO PLAY! I realize I have only had it for a few days, but it's great fun. In some ways, I enjoy it better that the Hofner. Not to mention, you don't have to worry about it that much. I have it on a stand, so it's available at any time.This is one "cheap" guitar that is not only fun to play, but will hold it's own against expensive basses. And, as I said, the neck is excellent. A little flatter than the Hofner's and I almost prefer it. (Figure the Hofner to be equivalent to a Fender Strats soft V neck and the Rogue a Strats modern C.All in all, this is a nice quality, fun to play, good looking and sounding bargain. It is a real instrument and not just a beginner's toy. Play it with pride, it's worth 3 times what your paying.PS. I hate to say it, but I don't mind the round wounds. They're a change and kind of interesting. I will change them at some point, though. Buy this Bass, NOW!


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I recently bought this bass with great expectations of having something speical in quality and sound.BUT,what a great disapointment this thing turned out to be.I recently retired my "FENDER PERCISSON",and wanted...Read complete review

I recently bought this bass with great expectations of having something speical in quality and sound.BUT,what a great disapointment this thing turned out to be.I recently retired my "FENDER PERCISSON",and wanted something newer with the great sound my fender had.I liked the looks of the this violin bass and thought if its a spin off of a Hofner,its got to be good,but it wasn't at all that way.I was playing a gig and all of a sudden my cord fell out of the jack,I went to plug it back in,"BUT NO JACK"!it had fell into the hole inside the guitar when I turned the guitar over to plug in the cord,the outside nut had come off that holds it to the plate.The band had to stop in the middle of a set so I could fix the guitar.I went to take the screws out of the plate only to notice that they were loose also,they had been striped in the holes.Then I had to take the plate off where the controls were to push the jack back though the hole back into that plate only to find the outside nut that holds the jack into place WAS STRIPED this is why the jack fell into the hole when I turned the guitar over to plug the cord back in.I took the back nut off and attached it to the front to hold the jack.This was enbarassing to say the least,with a brand new guitar at that!

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Best Buy For the Money.

By KodiakLP

from Allegany, NY

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I just bought this bass after reading the reviews and saw the price. It's not a Hofner, but a darned good alternative to those of us who can't afford one. I've played bass since the 60's and had more expensive guitars not play as well. The first thing you have to do, is change out the strings. The ones that come with it are terrible. Replace them with Flatwound strings, and it changes the bass characteristics entirely. It isn't perfect, but it does have nice tone and tonal range is interesting. It's worth the money, so if you're looking for that Violin look, here's the bass for you!


Best Bass

By Bass Slapper

from Bedford, MI

This bass is off the wall crazy. I have been eye balling this bad boy for a while now and hopefully will be getting one soon. I played on a friend


great product for your money

By Educated Consumer

from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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This bass is not a Hofner but it actually does its job! Although I am used to my 5 string J bass with its weight and powerful lower end depth, the VB 100 carries through like a little pro when playing pop, rock or mellow music. A "must do" is to change strings the strings for regular flatwounds in order to achieve maximum performance and quality sound. I have been in the field for 40 yrs. mostly as a guitar and bass player and have played Hofner, Fender and many other brands (for guitars and bass guitars)but my fellow musicians have commented upon the depth and clarity of the VB 100, especially taking the low price into consideration.


You've got to be kidding!!!

By Sticks and Picks

from Cleveland, OH

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I just received the Rogue VB100 and can not believe the quality of such an inexpensive instrument. The tone is extremely full, the feel is wonderful and it plays like a dream. This bass is one of the easiest, smoothest playing basses ever, regardless of price.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just got this bass yesterday, and before I could even put my hands on it, I was blown away by its looks, the bass is beautiful! its pretty much identical to Sir Pauls 500/1 '60 Hofner. I started playing around with it when I took it out, and it has a great acoustic sound, you would think it is weak, but slapping on this bass is as good as any I've played. Once I plugged it in I was messin with the controls, and I realized that I could get literally any sound i wanted. It's like a million basses in one. And for the price, there is No reason not to get it, even if you're not a beatles fan. But the only thing I suggest is to get some flatwounds, it takes the buzzing out of the E and A strings. GREAT BASS, BUY IT, you WONT REGRET IT!!!!


First on line guitar purchase

By Sunbury Pa.

from Sunbury, PA

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I never bought a guitar without playing it first .But after reading all the shining reviews here, I took the plunge. My bass was delivered on a band rehearsal day so it got a work out right away. I purchased a set of flat wound strings, thinking I might need them, which I did not. I experienced no string buzz, and the action was so smoothe and natural. Played through my 90W Hartke bass amp the sound was warm and clean. So do what I did. Read over these reviews, then take the plunge. My only complaint would be the cheesy pick guard. But don't let that stop you. This is a solid, well built, fine playing bass. But don't make the one mistake I made. Order the case with the guitar. It deserves a better home than a cardboard box...


Great sound & price

By Big Mac-vneFB

from Raymond, NH

I've played in various groups for over 35 years and always lusted after a Hofner. Most of my bass playing has been on '65 P-bass. I am frankly astonished that an instrument that plays this well, and sounds so good, can be sold so inexpensively. Build quality is excellent (I own about 10 other guitars/basses, mostly vintage). The suggestion to change to flats is essential to maximize the potential of this bass. Pickup controls and tone controls take some tinkering to find the sweet spot, but once you're there it is very clear with great bottom end. A little light compression and you can mimic every Macca line he ever played. Highly recommended!


Hayden L k-town beatles man

By Can't touch this base skill

from Kodiak, AK

I love this bass and is perfect for my band I bought it as an 8th grader. On a bodget but I think it sounds great and my guitar teacher takes it from me and starts playing it becase he likes it so much. Buy it today it's great.


Proud Stylish Piece

By Funkmeister Freddy

from Keansburg, NJ

With very minor adjustment, this bass looks and sounds great. I thought that there should be instructions on how to adjust the intonation on the guitar with a floating bridge. I figured it out but a person less mechanically inclined might not know how. Notes on how to use all the switches would also help.Here's the good part - this is a nice piece at a great price. Because it is a short scale bass (31"), it is easier for a short-armed person to play and the distance between the frets near the nut is not as great as first long scale (34") bass guitar I own. This makes the Rogue VB-100 great for small-handed players as well.Overall, I can recommend this guitar for players who would like a distinctive-sounding piece or for players of less-than-average arm and finger reach.


A Great Deal

By Beatle Fan-i-Iut

from Brandon, MS

Other reviewers here at this site have been raving this instrument for some time, and the good news is they are right. For starters thing is BEAUTIFUL. It's far more attractive than the picture. The finish is flawless, and the matching on the top is excellent. The overall construction is very impressive: the neck joins the body perfectly, and the tuners have a wonderful "oily" feel about them. I was immediately struck by the payability of this instrument as well. Mine was set up perfectly out of the box. There was some buzz on frets 9-11 on the "E" but that went away a soon as I changed strings. So does it sound like a Hofner? Well, not exactly, but it sounds darn good. It seems to lack some of the Hofner's complexity (it should: the Hofner costs 6 times more), but it still sounds great, actually far better than the price would sugguest. Are there any drawbacks? Well, two: first the strings are as bad as everybody says, but you'd replace those anyway; and yes the pickguard looks very cheesy, sort of like it's made from "mother of toilet seat" plastic, but those are very minor distractions. This instrument would be a deal at 3 times the price. Rogue has a real winner here.



By Michael Roth

from Cleveland, Ohio

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OK, I know little about Guitars, But I bought this because a. It was CHEAP b. I wanted a semi hollow body and c. I read about 300 reviews of this instrument. WOW!! It is beautiful! I have several friends who play bass semi-pro(Including one who play basses $2000 and above exclusively), and both of them SMILED FROM EAR TO EAR when playing it! The quality of this instrument is amazing! Looks Awesome, plays awesome and the set up out of the box was spot on. STRINGS SUCK! But I can get better ones. I have an Ovation CC74 Acoustic, and the quality is at least as good. I LOVE THIS BASS! Now I gotta learn how to Rage on it! Thanks Rogue! Best money I have spent in years!(Except the Ovation used) I would recommend this bass to anyone looking for a GREAT Bass at a GREAT price.


Lotsa Boom for the Buck

By CheapGuitarCollector

from California

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After looking at this for quite a while, I figured I couldn't go wrong for $$ so I finally got one. Slapped on some Hofner Flatwound strings and started playing around. Deep rich bass tones. I love the weight and the short scale. Between this any my Rick 4001, I've got the McCartney basses covered. Fit and finish was excellent right out of the box. Can't be beat for the money.



By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

While this is not a hofner, it's one of the closes things I've seen in a while. It's a pretty simple bass to me, and that's my favorite part about it. I've been looking for something with just great classic 60's bass tone and just nice and straight foward. If you can't afford a hofner this is the second best thing to it.


Had mine for over a year now.


from Nashville, TN

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I have owned my Rogue VB-100 Violin Bass for over a year now and would would like to share my experiences with it. I am still as pleased with it as when I first opened the package from Musician's Friend. It stays in tune very well so the tuners work well. Something I didn't mention before is the pickups. They are the most sensitive (loudest) pickups I've ever experienced on a bass guitar. Everybody who has seen it just loves it. For guitar players it's a very easy transition to this bass due to the close fret spacing. This bass would be especially good for someone with small hands or maybe even a beginner player. This is easily one of the best bass guitar values available.


Great after adjusting.

By jykazu

from Seattle, WA

From the factory, it is not adjusted for immediate playing.Changed the Strings to something cryogenically trated, or there would be berpetual buzz. The strings it came with where flimsy. I had to file the nut, adjust bridge distance (per string) and height for better feel and intonation. After that it was awesome. It has a smooth, yet punchy sound. Great feel. The neck is very slim. I have seem people complain abuot the volume not being sensitive. If you lower the bridge pickup, it seems to take care of that. The only real problem I saw was if you try to lower the neck pickup, it hits the neck inside and starts to turn inward, but that did not bother me too much, because I don't think that pick up was too high.


Good Violin Bass for the Buck$$$

By Xeno-exUtd

from Waynesville, NC

Wanted a Bass for a while, im usualy a Guitar Player. This Bass ROCKS right out of the case. The sound is indescribable, as it is quite loud unpluged. Being a Beatles nut i was naturaly attracted to this bass, but it could be for anyone who wants a quality bass and is on a limited budget. Ive played "The real thing" this one comes close enough that you have to look at the name on the head.


great product

By roadrunner

from merced, calif

Just got my bass today, I would of got it with out pickup and string..It's a great product..the price is too low..I lost a copy beatlebass. 10 years ago. and missed a lot..the guitar came with a case that fitsperfect...(hard shell)


Better than a Hofner.

By cjohnston

from West Monroe, LA.

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The shorter scale neck has a very good feel. The strings are closer together than most basses allowing for easier playability with a pick. The pickups give a fat sound. Flat wound strings add to the "McCartney" sound of old. The Rogue violin bass is an excellent bass.


Great Buy!!!


from Safety Harbor, FL

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I was very skeptical when ordering this bass on line, but was greatly pleased when it arrived.Yes the strings that came with are crap and it buzzed like crazy, but with some minor neck and brindge adjustments and some new D'Addario Crome Flatwounds this baby is awesome. I love the sound and the action is great. I do owe my friend Jim some thanks for doing the setup on this bass.He too was very impressed with the feel and sound of this bass for such a low price. (I think he's going to get one!} If your in the market for a bass with that Beatle's sound, this is a great buy.


Awesome Bass

By Michael from Bluegrass Country

from Erlanger, KY

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This thing is the most beautiful, comfortable, and rich sounding thing I've ever come across - right out of the box. All I did was replace the stock strings with flatwounds, and this baby came to LIFE. If I wasn't married, I'd propose to it !!

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