Vintage VCB 430

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.

Sounds

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.

MusicRadar Rating

3.5 / 5 stars
Pros

Price; moody finish; simplicity of design.

Cons

Single strap button again!

Verdict

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

Country of Origin

Korea

Available Controls

EQ Rotary Volume

Back and Sides Finish

Laminate

Back Material

Mahogany

Bolt-on Neck

No

Case Included

No

Cutaway

Yes

Fretless

No

Includes Bag

No

Inlays

Dot

Left Handed Model Available

No

Neck Material

Nato

No of Strings

4

Pickguard

No

Sides Material

Mahogany

Top Material

Flame Maple

Phantom power

No

Tremolo

No

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