Vintage VCB 430 review

  • £249

With the electro-acoustic bass no longer the lesser-spotted beast it once was, we take a look at what the market has to offer.

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Our Verdict

This Vintage really does offer excellent value for money as it looks, sounds and handles like a more expensive instrument.


  • Price; moody finish; simplicity of design.


  • Single strap button again!
Buying options

If you fancy an acoustic bass but are forced to work on a low budget then you really should take a look at the VCB 430.

It's way cheaper than the rest of our selection but it has a lot more going for it than just a modest price. The moody translucent black finish to the body and neck gives a velvety appearance and offers huge visual impact.

The rosewood bridge, with the string ends neatly hidden beneath the surface, and the unassuming dot inlays on the fingerboard, also play a part in giving this bass a superior overall look.

With the multiply binding kept purely to the body and the use of a diminutive headstock size and shape this is neatly elevated into a class way above its price point.

However, if this rather distinctive presentation is not to your liking then a natural finish with a satin flame maple top is also available at the same price.

Again the VCB 430 has just the endpin/jack socket as the only means of using a strap so a second button will be required if you don't want to sit and play all the time.


Standing or sitting, this is certainly a big bass to handle with its full-scale neck and deep cutaway body, but this all helps to give the natural acoustic sound a forceful and robust delivery.

When amplified the preamp will happily reproduce this natural delivery, or substantially enhance or transform it, but whatever you prefer the results remain pleasing.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginKorea
Available ControlsEQ Rotary Volume
Back and Sides FinishLaminate
Back MaterialMahogany
Bolt-on NeckNo
Case IncludedNo
Includes BagNo
Left Handed Model AvailableNo
Neck MaterialNato
No of Strings4
Sides MaterialMahogany
Top MaterialFlame Maple
Phantom powerNo