#1
Hey there, i'm new to UG but i do regularly visit it's forums and tabs.

Anyways, i was thinking about getting the Epiphone Viola Bass, i'm aware that i have to try it first, but does anyone have any experience with one or heard anything about it?

I'm just looking for some opinions thanks
#2
i haven't had any experiance with it, but i have heard that its not as good as the orignal 'beatles bass'. Epiphone is not a good brand in general for basses. A fender is always the best choice but i duppose it depends on what tone you want.
Hope this helped.

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I personally think basses like that are really cool looking. Paul McCartney has one, I believe it's a Hofner Violin bass, really cool though.


The old original hofners are a lot differet from the epiphone versions.
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#6
Thanks for the responses guys, but could i have some reasons as to why this bass doesn't live up to the Hofner? Why it isn't good? etc
#7
They both suck, in my opinion. the Epiphone is constructed poorly, the Hofner is uncomfortable and sounds really odd.
the only reason Paul ever used one is because he didn't want to look stupid playing lefty and it was cheap.
notice tone and feel were not in the above list.

I would suggest getting a Squier VM, Squier CV, or an Ibanez. they may not look as cool, but if you are anything like me, you will thank me for pointing you away from the violin body basses.
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#8
Since i didn't specify what tone and sound i want. I generally want it for classic rock like LZ, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and stuff. Is it a good choice for that bluesy rock type of sound?
#9
I suggest a GSR200 by Ibanez. it has a split coil to sound like Bill Wyman, and a single coil to add a little punch. it is active, however, and will seem a little more modern.
or, for more exact sound, you can get a good VM j bass to sound like John Paul Jones. or a used Fender Mustang for an exact Wyman tone, however, neither of these basses can completely copy the other's tone.
a Hofner will sound only like early Beatles. and kill for 1/2 a second when you flip the switches on it.
If you like the tone in Paint it Black, I believe a fretless was used for that recording. first ever fretless bass recorded.
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#10
Violin basses by construction are a very, very strange bird. They have a distinct sound that requires flatwounds and they're super-fragile. I think they sound horrible and will literally fall apart in your hands if you play passionately, but apparently Epiphones hold together better than the $3500 Hofners. Tone-wise, it's a crap shoot; you shouldn't bother looking for good tone out of these basses.
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Hey there, i'm new to UG but i do regularly visit it's forums and tabs.

Anyways, i was thinking about getting the Epiphone Viola Bass, i'm aware that i have to try it first, but does anyone have any experience with one or heard anything about it?

I'm just looking for some opinions thanks

welcome to UG Bass.
as you can already tell, the viola bass is not real popular. i personally like the look.
but as a functioning tool for playing bass, it doesn't live up to it's history. Sir Paul made it work, but he didn't keep playing them later, when he could afford better stuff.
if your in it for the looks, buy it. if you think you might record something someday, keep looking.
#12
Thanks for all your comments and opinions, this is exactly what i wanted. If it helps, i'm only new to bass, and new to music again after retiring from Clarinet and Saxophone 5 years ago. If bought, this would be my 2nd bass, i don't think i'll be recording for a while, but does it work nicely for a beginner?
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welcome to UG Bass.
as you can already tell, the viola bass is not real popular. i personally like the look.
but as a functioning tool for playing bass, it doesn't live up to it's history. Sir Paul made it work, but he didn't keep playing them later, when he could afford better stuff.
if your in it for the looks, buy it. if you think you might record something someday, keep looking.


It's strange he started off playing the hofner, then went to rickenbackers, and then a few weeks ago at a concert in Liverpool he had the hofner out again.

Maybe he just plays it as it is in his comfort zone?

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It's strange he started off playing the hofner, then went to rickenbackers, and then a few weeks ago at a concert in Liverpool he had the hofner out again.

Maybe he just plays it as it is in his comfort zone?

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he plays it to hearken back to the olden days.

and cause Hofner gives him lots of money to do it.
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It's strange he started off playing the hofner, then went to rickenbackers, and then a few weeks ago at a concert in Liverpool he had the hofner out again.

Maybe he just plays it as it is in his comfort zone?

xx


He wants people to harken back to the days before face lifts and nasty divorces, when he was the "cute Beatle".

Epis viola basses have construction issues. They suffer from the usual poor QA of some of Epis bass line and they sound thumpy, but not in a good way. Like strings across plywood kinda thumpy.

And btw TS, welcome to the forums.
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He wants people to harken back to the days before face lifts and nasty divorces, when he was the "cute Beatle".

Epis viola basses have construction issues. They suffer from the usual poor QA of some of Epis bass line and they sound thumpy, but not in a good way. Like strings across plywood kinda thumpy.

And btw TS, welcome to the forums.

don't listen to her, she hates short scales.

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#19
Let's not forget WHY Paul chose the Violin bass. First off, he was a lefty (did you know that!?) and he felt the more symmetric look of the Hofner would make him look less silly when playing it upside down than the other bass in the shop, the Fender Precision. Oh, and the Hofner was 70 quid, while the Precision was 110. Paul McCartney was (and as I recall, still is) quite a miser. There's plenty of footage of him playing with a Hofner with a taped-on pickup, which speaks volumes about the reliability and cheapness of the man and his bass.

But I never found Paul to be a tone monster. As woofy as his Hofner tone was, I'd rather deal with it than listen to his Ric tone - especially the Abbey Road nylon-strings-on-a-bright-Ric tone. Man, it sounds like a whale smacking against an empty water silo.
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#20
finally... light...

that man has a truly horrid tone.

and fitz, I said the lefty bit.
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#21
I honestly don't see why people want these basses. They are waaay to light, they feel like they're made of styrofoam, it's horrible, I always feel like I'm going to crush mine when I play it.
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#23
I've played a couple of Violin basses, and frankly the circuitry was also a pain in the ass. Two distinct sounds come out the bass, but each is at a different volume, and the tone is different by a large degree, so you set up the amp for the neck pickup to sound nice, then the bridge one sounds really poor. Also the small body is offputting, especially seeing that it is so fragile. Fragile and over-small are not good bedfellows.
#25
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he plays it to hearken back to the olden days.

and cause Hofner gives him lots of money to do it.


Maybe he just likes the sound. Check out the rooftop concert fool
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