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Violin Bass Opinions??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Michelin97Bass, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    It's a Starfire, a very cheap Asian violin bass. If you want an inexpensive, but good, Violin bass, go for an Epiphone, Jay Turser or a Douglas, which would be much better. A Hofner Icon or Ignition is nice too (and very close to the real thing) but they are in the $400 range.
  2. Ok so would something like this be better?

  3. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    I got turned off by Hofner's price inflation and 8 zillion of "wanna look like Paul" basses.
    I did get a Greco violin bass(SOLID body, humbuckers, my lightest bass with sustain forever) in white. I've only seen them in white or speedbump yellow. It is a real shoulder-saver on shows > 4 hours or days where multiple 3~4 hour shows get booked.

    It was $178 in 2008(at Ishibashi Japan) which wound up being(with shipping and wire transfer fee) about $330 to my door. Note that Japanese discount a LOT for any blemish on a bass and this one had "wear" in the usual places(near the jack, where it rests on your leg, some dents from belt buckles, etc.).
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  4. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Why? It's a solid body with a hi-mass bridge. Won't sound anything like a Hofner or any other semi-hollow violin bass. That said, those pickups look bad-ass.
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 I have two 68 Greco violin semi-hollow basses and a Hofner CT which I love and is my favorite bass but any of the basses mentioned above with some Labella Beatles Flats should get you close enough to the sound of a Hofner.

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