4-string Electric Bass with Maple Body, Flame Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Two Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Weight: 7lbs 13oz
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A vintage-style bass without the vintage price tag!Epiphone's Viola Bass harkens back to the glory days of the British Invasion with modern touches that distinguish it from the similarly shaped vintage model. The laminated maple body is topped with a flame maple top with a rosewood-topped set maple neck rounding out the basic feature set. The Viola Bass boasts a pair of mini humbuckers to handle the amplification with chrome hardware accents. Tap into the classic warm bass sound of a famous group of lads from Liverpool with the ultra-affordable Viola Bass!
The lightweight body is also a plus, making the Viola Bass perfect for long stage gigs. Plus, the sound of the Viola Bass is very much like the sound we've heard on some of the most famous recordings of all time. These tones are provided by a pair of mini humbuckers similar to those on the original.
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A throwback to the British Invasion with the Viola Bass from Epiphone!
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Wyndell, Mckinney, TX
Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
by Richard from PittsburghVery well-built, sweet sounding instrument. The tone has the hollow bodied mellowness I was looking for. Buy it; at the price you will not be disappointed.
May 21, 2013
Music Background: Played in many bands spanning decades.
by Jeremy from AlabamaI bought one of these second-hand, looked like brand new. I normally play a jazz bass, but over the years the weight is getting to my shoulder. I was looking for something lighter and short-scale, so ... read more [+]I could change out for a few songs and go back to jazz bass. Well, after 3 months, I hardly play my jazz bass anymore. I play rock, blues, and a little country, and play flat-wounds ( I like LaBella, but ymmv). I never did do much slap on my jazz, and don't on this either. What little I have done on this bass doesn't sound great, but probably has more to do with the strings. What this bass does do, and does well, is deliver a nice, clean tone, on any fret on any string. There are no dead spots, and after tweaking the bridge/neck a little, no buzzes. If you are a melodic bass player and want a clear-as-a-bell sound (best I've heard without active electronics), you need to check this out. Mine had no case, and I don't like hard shells much, but found a nice RoadRunner case for it. close [-]
January 14, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician
by Timothy Buss from Summersville, WVI was looking for a bass with a deep, woody tone and this is it! This bass will give you this characteristic tone best with flatwound strings, the round wound stings on in were a bit to bright for me ... read more [+]and yes they are really more designed as placeholders until you can put on good strings. The build was perfect with no defects found. I was able to get a good range of tones from various pickup combinations and the tone control was pretty good, too. As well, the pickups were quite strong and allowed for responsive play. I normally don't buy instruments that I have not played first but this is my second from Sweetwater and still no complaints! Their service is top notch! close [-]
April 25, 2013
Music Background: Composer/Producer
by gary from Kansas City, MoWhat I hear and feel from a bass guitar track has been greatly enhanced by the introduction of this instrument, in comparison to the solid, flat, electric bass I had been using.....the sound coming fr... read more [+]om this guitar is a much more acoustic, viola sound.....I'm really glad I got it.... close [-]
December 26, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
Good with a few issues
by Steve from Columbus, OHThis is my second bass and the first of this type.
February 14, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
When it arrived I played it immediately but the action seemed high, especially for the E and A strings. I adjusted the neck some and lowered o... read more [+]ne side of the bridge to where is played better but the A string had a buzz while the E didn't. Since I was short on time I put a little material under the A string at the nut and the buzzing stopped. Not very professional but plays and sounds pretty good now. I've gotten some compliments on its sound and people love its looks. When I have some time I will probably do some more adjustments since the intonation doesn't seem to be true all the way up the neck for some strings. It sits pretty good on my lap when I'm sitting down but the placement of the strap button on the neck side causes the top of the bass' body to move away from my body. A different placement of the button may help it lay flatter against my body when I'm standing. That would be my preference. Instruments have their individual characteristics that take a little time to get to know and you have to adapt yourself and/or the instrument. That's where I'm at currently. For the price a pretty good deal. close [-]
Epiphone Viola Bass (Vintage Sunburst)
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