My brand new (floor sample) Rogue VB100 violin bass, aka Beatle Bass, before I put it in the Strum Shop for setup and new flatwound strings.
I’m not particulary a Sir Paul fanatic or a pick player, but I like the VB100’s 31″ (787.4 mm) scale, light weight, price and woody rich tone.
Bad fret buzz and a too flat neck meant a setup was indicated. And since Sir Paul used flatwound strings, I thought I might as well try them despite the cost. They are said to last for years though.
It came double boxed, padded and undamaged, and shipping was FREE from Musician’s Friend.
The stock roundwound strings sounded OK, nicely warm and punchy- when I could hear the tone over the fret buzz. I’ll save them in case I hate the new flatties.
Didn’t try the quirky controls; didn’t try playing it sitting down-which with my new chrome steel right hip I can’t do anyway.
Confirmed that these instruments really are neck-divers, I’ll need to buy a wide suede or neoprene strap despite the wonderful light weight.
I’m pretty happy with it so far, despite the need for setup which I expected for a cheap Chinese Rogue display model with $20 discount.
The only flaw I’ve found so far is a minute glue smear near the bridge. I’m sure I’ll soon disfigure it a lot more than that.
Absolutely love the looks, light weight, short scale and warm tone. Also the price: $160 USD including California tax and FREE shipping. Flatties and setup will be ~$50.
If it sounds as good as it looks with the new D’Adderio flatwound strings and pro setup then I will be a happy student electric bassist.
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