Epiphone Viola Bass - Vintage Sunburst

4-string Electric Bass with Maple Body, Flame Maple Top, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Vintage Sunburst
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Epiphone Viola Bass - Vintage Sunburst
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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.

Epiphone Viola Bass Features:
  • Pickups - NYR & NYT Mini Humbuckers
  • Hardware - Chrome
  • Scale - 30.5"
  • Nut Width: - 1.65"
  • Neck: Set, Maple
  • Fingerboard/Inlay: Rosewood w/dots
  • Body Material: Maple
  • Flame Maple Top
  • Finishes: Vintage Sunburst
A throwback to the British Invasion with the Viola Bass from Epiphone!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Viola
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Vintage Sunburst
Body Material Maple
Body Finish Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple, Set
Neck Shape Viola
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 30.5"
Nut Width 1.65"
Bridge/Tailpiece Adjustable Trapeze
Tuners Chrome Die-cast
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup NYR Mini Humbucker
Bridge Pickup NYT Mini Humbucker
Controls 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings (.045-.105)
Manufacturer Part Number EBVIVSCH1

Customer Reviews

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I Love It!

I have always liked the design of the "Beatle Bass." Since the genuine Hofner model is well out of my price range, I decided to look into the cheaper alternatives. I read a number of reviews online of the various models and I have even viewed some of the video reviews and demonstrations as well. The Epiphone Viola Bass was always somewhere at the top of the list. So I decided to take the risk and I am glad that I did. I was surprised at how solid it was. The body had more weight to it than I had expected and it had more sustain as well. The feel is nice and I got the hang of playing it within a day or two. I am mainly a guitar player so obviously a bass has a different feel to it. I practice mainly sitting down and it sits well in my lap. It's a very comfortable bass for me to play. Other people may feel differently as a matter of preference though. The finish was flawless and it looks beautiful when polished up. It's a nice looking, stylish instrument that plays well and sounds great. I have no complaints. I also have the Epiphone case for it too. It is a perfect fit, seems durable and it has a pretty big storage compartment. I ordered both the bass and the case from Sweetwater and they were both well packed for shipping. No dings, dents or scratches at all. therefore, no complaints.

Epiphone viola bass

We use this to play through our church sound system and it is great! We all love the mellow tones are wonderful. We were going to play through an amp but through the sound system is much better.
Music background: Singer/songwriter

I have wanted this since 1964

Since the first time I laid my eyes on Paul McCartney's bass, I knew this was for me. Music has been such a strong influence on my life, I am at that station in life where I can afford to indulge a passion. As a complete novice, this fits both my budget and my hand perfectly. The build quality and craftsmanship are breathtaking and I find learning on this to be one of life's best pleasures. I foresee many years of practice and never outgrowing this fine instrument. Since I too am in the service business, I cannot speak highly enough for the great staff at Sweetwater who have made this buying experience a genuine pleasure.
Music background: Complete Noob

Nice Bass

Great instrument..... Great service ! I have been playing a Fender P bass for years. Recently I started playing in an acoustic trio and wanted something that fit in better with a violin and an acoustic guitar. This bass is just what I was looking for. Very sweet sound. I strung it up with medium scale Rotosound monel flats. adjusted the action and intonation. It plays and looks like it cost a lot more than $300 . Sweetwater service is exceptional..... Thanks James Masterson.
Music background: Pro Hobbyist

Unmatched Value.

Very 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.
Music background: Played in many bands spanning decades.
See also: Epiphone, Epiphone 4-string Bass Guitars