The Epiphone Viola bass guitar is remembered as being the instrument of choice for British Invasion bands of the 1960s. At the time, the Viola was a more affordable and readily available model than other Gibson and Epiphone models. Thanks to its unique design, delightfully rich timbre, and exquisite tonality, the Viola found itself at the forefront of a musical movement whose influence is even more relevant today than ever before. Now, years on from its introduction, it is favoured by bassists who're seeking the classic '60s sound, as well as those who appreciate its reputation being exceptionally reliable, and comfortable to play.
The Epiphone Viola bass body is built using a maple body that is paired with a laminated maple top, which has been finished in a classic vintage sunburst. The body profile and the all maple tonewood construction give the bass a highly resonant character, infused with a warm midrange.
Fitted to the body is a 30.5" scale maple neck, which has been hand-set and glued-in to create a secure connection between the two, increasing sustain and improving overall tonality. Paired with the neck is a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with dot position inlays to help guide your way. The slender neck is shaped to Gibson and Epiphone's classic 12" radius, a tried and tested measurement that is proven to support the execution of seamless string bending, ensuring each string returns to position swiftly and smoothly.
At the top of the neck is a 1.65" nut, which upholds string tension securely, The headstock design is based on the famous '60s sloped Dovewing headstock, with a Viola label on the truss rod cover, and customary Epiphone logo across the top of the headstock. The 14:1 gear ratio machine heads secure each string securely, upholding tuning vigorously throughout each and every performance. The body is fitted with a rosewood bridge and compensated saddle, held firmly in position by the stylish classic inlaid tailpiece.
The Epiphone Viola's amazing tone and tonewood timbre are translated sweetly by the NYR Mini Humbucker in the neck position, and an NYT Mini Humbucker in the bridge position. Control comes in the form of independent volume controls for each pickup, as well as a master tone pot. From tightly compressed tones to thick and muddy, this humbucker pairing has the ability to produce a vast range of unique tones. The deep swell produced by the body design can be projected with ease, whilst the delightful midrange punch, and high-end snap of the maple kicks on in style. The layout may be simple, but the tonal versatility is incredibly complex. Full-size 500kOhm pots on each control knob guarantees a smooth response throughout the attenuation range.
The Epiphone Viola bass guitar invokes images of classic bands playing to adoring fans, of their early days of rock, and of pioneering musicians shaping the musical landscape. This model delivers the same unique tonal offerings of its predecessors, with some modern appointments to make it better than ever.
Manufacturer Epiphone Model Viola Bass Guitar Body Material Laminiated Maple Neck Material Laminiated Maple Fingerboard Material Rosewood Number of Strings 4 Pickup Configuration HH Active/Passive Passive Colour Vintage Sunburst Number of Frets 20 Scale Length 30.5" Fretboard Radius 12" Fretboard Inlays Dot Tuning Machines Classic Style Pickups (Neck/Bridge) NYR Mini Humbucker/NYT Mini Humbucker Bridge Rosewood with Rosewood Compensated Saddle Controls Volume 1.(Neck Pickup) Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup) Master Tone
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