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  • well the one paul mcarteny used has a sweet tone, i've never played one for myself
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    • hi, im new here. i signed up just so i could be a part of this topic.
      first i would just like to say thank you to the person who started this topic,

      because of you i had some good idears for my own violin bass.

      this is my bass, its a violin bass copy made by "tanglewood" its just like "rogue" and "jay turser"

      ive had it about 6 years or so and ive made a few modifications to it,

      i swapped the tuning pegs for the banjo nobs from macdonald, your right the smaller ones would have been better. maybe i could just file down the ones i have. the hofner truss rod cover is black, mine is white so i just turned it over so the back underside is showing.



      for a more hofner vintage look i painted my strap buttons white, as you know some hofner basses have white plastic strap buttons, at some point i will replace them with strong plastic ones but i just thought this would be cheaper.



      i also painted the 3 little black switches white, i dont have any hofner tea cup knobs so i just put 2 gibson style "GOLD/GOLD" "TOPHAT" knobs on.



      you can buy hofner style tailpieces now, but for money reasons i just changed mine a little, i removed that horrible metal thing that sits in the middle of the tailpiece.



      sometimes i just like to remove the pickguard. the bass does look good without it, but when its screwed on my bass it looks like this.



      see what ive done? ive moved the bracket to the other side of the "horn", now its where a hofners go. i also made the pickguard float like a hofners does. i put 2 little foam circles inder it and put the screws threw them.



      the last thing i did was this, did you notice that hofner basses have white stripes on there floating bridge? well thats what ive done to mine, 8 little white plastic strips glued in to the groves on the bridge. looks good.

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      • I want to sell mine. My parents are telling me I have to leave home and I have to part with some of my possessions. I replaced the tuners with ivoroid tuners that match the Hofner. I also stained the pickguard & control plate with tea to age them and to make them better match the Hofner's ivory colored pickguard and control plate. I added 95-45 flatwounds just like Hofner. All it needs is a tailpiece to be a complete clone. If anyone's interested PM me.
        Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.

        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        • hi, im sorry to say i cant buy your bass but i would love to know how you stained your pickguard and control plate. did you just rub tea on them or leave them to soak? would you mind posting a picture of your bass please?

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          • hi, im sorry to say i cant buy your bass but i would love to know how you stained your pickguard and control plate. did you just rub tea on them or leave them to soak? would you mind posting a picture of your bass please?


            the effect is very subtle and with flash photography looks the same. just use strong tea, a lot of tea bags, and soak it for days, almost a week maybe.
            Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.

            --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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            • sorry, this is an older thread, but...

              so, you're saying the alnico magnets from stewmac were an exact match size-wise?

              thanks!

              My bass player bought Rogue's violin bass and I too was impressed by the overall quality of the instrument. As the band's self appointed gear tech, I have performed a few mods to improve the sound and playability. I replaced the strings with some pure nickel roundwounds. I didn't consider flatwounds, maybe next time. On the bridge, I lowered both fingerwheels to the bottom and used small brass washers to set the height of the bridge. I also stuck sandpaper to the body where the bridge rests and formed the base of bridge to the body more. I did a very light dressing to the frets, they didn't need much. I simplified the electronics by setting the two front switches as on/off for their respective pickups (rendered the rear switch moot.) I also made the front knob a volume and the rear a tone (with a paper-in-oil .022 or .047 tone cap, can't remember right now.) Installed a switchcraft jack. Put some tele style knobs on it. I slotted the nut slightly. Eventually I'll replace the mini pots with full size ones. Recently I replaced the ceramic magnets in the humbuckers with alnico V magnets I bought from StewMac. These mods have solidified a bass that was juuust that close to being awesome. Now it sounds and plays great. The pickups really benefitted from the alnico magnets, warmer and fuller.

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              • Cool thread. I just bought a rogue from MF a few days ago, along with some flatwound rotosounds and am eagerly awaiting their arrival.

                I also read somewhere that the rosewood bridge is a little weak, so I bought a Hofner ebony bridge off ebay betting that the two basses are similar enough that I should be able to switch them out. Anyone know for sure if this will work? Are the bodies EXACTLY the same? Or at least similar enough that this will be possible?

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                • yeah, the bridge is floating - it should work fine. i read about others replacing the bridge. i would love some sort of an intonatable bridge, or else something similar to the gretsch (guitar) bar bridge, wonder how that'd sound!

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                  • just bumping my question (anybody?)


                    sorry, this is an older thread, but...

                    so, you're saying the alnico magnets from stewmac were an exact match size-wise?

                    thanks!

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                    • I don't think you can do a direct swap with a Hofner bridge - it would probably require some sanding work to get the height correct... but I have never personally tried it. Five years in, and my original bridge is still hanging in there.
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                      • I want to get one of these (Sorry for the bump but yeah ) I can only find one place to get them and it says it's going to take over 150 days to get.. AND I'm in Australia. (All the most annoying problems in the world eh? :P ) Any other places to get them and do they actually still sell them?

                        The best strings to get after I'm sick of the stocks?

                        If I can't get this bass. Any other decents?

                        Adam.

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                        • Hey Adam,

                          Musician's Friend now ships to Oz on a lot of items. I believe that is a recent development, so maybe the situation has changed since you originally inquired. As far as I know, MF is the only company that sells the Rogue brand. Hofner makes a very similar bass; I've heard rumours that it is made in the same Korean factory as the VB-100, although I can not confirm that. It is more expensive here in the USA than the Rogue VB-100: $349 vs. $179-199 for the Rogue.

                          As far as strings, I use Rotosound flatwounds in 40-100 gauge. I'd be uncomfortable with using anything much heavier than that on this particular bass.
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                          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                          - George Carlin

                          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                          • I'd like to add to this thread that the amazingly talented Alain Johannes has been playing one of these with Them Crooked Vultures on tunes where John Paul Jones is playing an instrument other than bass (or is playing his big, badass slide bass).

                            I wanted a bass with a smooth sound through a DI. I ended up going with a Rogue Violin Bass, which is one of my favorite basses.


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                            • Just a follow up.

                              MF now has discontinued this little Bass. Oh well might look into other brands like the Hoff ect.

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                              • They have more now. I bought one 01-07-11. They have changed. No more floating pickguard because it is mounted flush to the top. And since the top is plywood anyway, I doubt if there is much, if any, tone difference. Because there is no bracket, there would be two holes if removed. I have always thought floating pickguards were junky and knew I would quickly remove, but this one is solid as a rock and I don't think I will ever take it off.
                                I have always thought the Hofner tailpiece looked better, never held one but from pictures they appear to be hindged together. The Rogue tailpiece hooks together and can easily be disassembled for cleaning. The mounting holes are in different places so I wouldn't even think about up/downgrading it.
                                The bridge saddles appear to be fretwire and cannot be moved, OK with me.
                                Neck is perfect.
                                All in all, this is one of the most perfecty manifactured instuments that I have ever seen, right down to the loose output jack, standard on all models.

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