Epiphone Viola Electric Bass

With its short 30.5" scale and looks that take you back to the British Invasion, this beautiful maple-bodied Epiphone Viola bass delivers rich, plucky tone.

With a tip of the hat back to the years of the British invasion, Epiphone's Viola electric bass brings a dash of vintage class to your game. Crafted in that iconic "violin bass" body shape, the Viola's maple body is loaded a NYR Mini and NYt Mini humbucker to amplify your performance, and a maple neck with a pau ferro fingerboard features 22 frets with dot position inlays. This beauty of a bass will certainly bring a touch of variety to your collection, if you're looking for something a little different with a distinct home in the history of pop.

Epiphone's Take on a Classic

The Viola body shape of your Epiphone electric bass pays homage to an era when British pop was staking its claim in American culture during the mid-'60s. The laminated maple top boasts an attractive Vintage Sunburst finish that's easy on the eyes. Maple bodies push the high end just a bit for a welcoming bright resonance that's easily tamed via your master tone dial near both mini humbuckers.

NYR and NYT Mini Humbuckers

Capturing that iconic mid-'60s vintage tone are your set of NYR and NYT mini humbuckers. Both of these pickups have independent volume controls that allow you to find the perfect blend to suit your ears.

Set Maple Neck with a Comfy Feel

Stretching 22 frets in length is your Epiphone Viola's set maple neck. This appendage yields a comfortable action and a streamlined feel from note to note. A pau ferro fingerboard provides smooth sailing, and modest dot position inlays mark your read more frets in classic minimalist fashion.

Stylish and Secure Hardware

Epiphone takes pride in their hardware appointments that afford both security and visual sophistication. This bass features an attractive rosewood bridge with compensated rosewood saddle, a classic adjustable trapeze tailpiece, and 14:1 machine heads that tune smoothly and stay in place for longer sessions of uninterrupted playing.


- Electric bass guitar in "Violin Bass" body shape
- Maple body
- Maple neck
- Scale length of 30.5"
- Pau ferro fingerboard with dot position inlays
- Set neck joint
- NYR Mini humbucker at the neck
- NYT Mini humbucker at the bridge
- Two independent volume controls
- One master tone control
- Nickel hardware
- Rosewood bridge with rosewood compensated saddle
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Body: Maple
Neck: Maple
Neck Joint: Set-glued
Scale: 30.5"
Fingerboard: Pau ferro with dot inlays
Nut Width: 1.65"
Neck Pickup: NYR mini humbucker
Bridge Pickup: NYT mini humbucker
Hardware: Nickel
Controls: Neck volume, Bridge volume, Master Tone
Bridge: Rosewood with rosewood compensated saddle
Color: Vintage Sunburst (VS)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Vintage Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 9.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 47 x 17 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): EBVIVSCH1

In order to continually improve the design, quality, and performance of Epiphone's products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Epiphone reserves the right to change specifications without notice.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-4GIBSON
Web: https://www.epiphone.com/en-US/Support/Contact

Epiphone Viola Electric Bass

Epiphone introduces the Viola, one of the most recognized basses in the world. A popular bass for British Invasion bands who couldn't afford finer Gibson and Epiphone instruments, the Viola's unique construction and woody tone produce unique sound on stage and in the studio. Today, vintage models are difficult to find and are often plagued by vintage problems along with their vintage price tag. Epiphone engineers have solved those problems with their Viola Bass, which has the same classic sound with improved pickups, hardware, and electronics.

The Look of A Classic

The Viola features a laminated maple top and maple body in a beautiful Vintage Sunburst (VS) finish. The eye catching 30.5 inch scale maple neck is hand set and glued in and includes a pau ferro fingerboard with a 12 inch radius, a 1.65 inch nut, and classic dot inlays. The headstock riffs on Epiphone's famous '60s Sloped Dovewing headstock.

Vintage Tone For Today

The Viola's incredible tone comes from a NYR (neck) and NYT (bridge) mini humbucker which perfectly compliment the light maple body.

Epiphone's Famous Hardware

Epiphone's stellar hardware features a classic inlaid gold tailpiece, a rosewood bridge with s compensated rosewood saddle, Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone, all using full-size 500K O potentiometers, and premium 14:1 machine heads.

The Epiphone Viola Bass comes with Epiphone's Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson 24/7/365 customer service.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (6 ratings)
Submitted February 23, 2014 by Lester Gainey in Nahunta, GA
"Smooth Operator "
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I am a stringed instrument nut- I currently have a small collection of about 30 instruments and several Bass Guitars are in that mix. I wanted the Viola for it's warm plucky sound [unique to this instrument]. I am always amused to read people say "it has fret buzz" or "it wasn't set up right" as a complaint- New things are not worn in and will require adjustment over time as there is no "magical lifetime setup".... So yes I had to tweak neck, bridge, and string configuration and will have to continue this process as I break this girl in. The wood is absolutely remarkable for this price range without sacrificing a bit of tone. This is not your Uncle Bob's Funky Disco Bass, this is a very light, airy, comfortable Bass with deep sustain and very hot pickups. I give this Bass 5 stars for meeting my expectations and musical needs- Cheers!
Musical Background:
20 Years of musical instrument addiction issues.
Musical Style:
Well rounded, yet i disdain rap and screamo.
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