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Beatles fan in a real rock band? Get the Tanglewood Macca-style Violin Bass: IN STOCK NOW!

Published: Wed September 09, 2009  News Feed

Today, 9.9.09, marks the rebirth of Beatlemania (again) with the release of the Beatles Rock Band game and the remastered CDs of the Liverpool band's back catalogue. And for Beatles fans - new or old -  inspired to pick up a real instrument, good news: Dolphin has IN STOCK a few Tanglewood RVB2 violin bass guitars, just like Paul McCartney's legendary Hofner!

Tanglewood RVB 2 violin bass - like the legendary Hofner used by Paul McCartney!

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The Hofner violin bass, used by Paul McCartney since the Beatles' early years, has become one of rock'n'roll most iconic musical instruments, and, in a field dominated by guitar heroes and their axes, it's also quite possibly the most recognisable bass guitar ever.

And that odd, retro design also means that it's still one of the best, too. Why? The light body and narrow neck makes it ideal for starters or new bassists who, like Paul McCartney in 1961 (when he first picked up a violin bass) were previously more used to playing an electric guitar. Proof of this, is the fact that Macca - who was first and foremost a guitarist - never really wanted to play bass...until he discovered the joys of a violin model!

Paul McCartney and his original Hofner violin bass guitar, on the set of the Beatles' 2nd film, Help!

Paul McCartney and his original Hofner violin bass guitar, on the set of the Beatles' 2nd film, Help!

"Nobody wants to play bass, or nobody did in those days," recalled McCartney in the book Many Years From Now (Barry Miles). "Bass was the thing that the fat boys got lumbered with and were asked to stand at the back and play... So I definitely didn't want to do it but Stuart [Sutcliffe, the original Beatles bassist] left, and I got lumbered with it. Later I was quite happy..."

Now, Tanglewood, one of the world's most respected manufacturers of guitars, has released the RVB2 Violin Bass, which recreates the retro look, feel and sound of the legendary bass used in most Beatles recordings and live performances.

Best of all - it's quite affordable, with stunning looks and outstanding quality,making it the ideal bass for any Beatles fan out there! The Tanglewood RVB 2 4-String Semi Acoustic Bass Guitar features two Humbucker Pickups, and has a subtle, semi-hollow tone.

Since Paul McCartney got onstage with a violin-shaped bass, all those years ago, the violin bass has been one of the most sought after instruments for bassists who are Beatles fans and what to capture that 60's vibe, that Paul McCartney sound. The Tanglewood RVB 2 bass is the perfect choice - affordable, but built with the great quality Tanglewood has always been known for.

Available models:

Tanglewood RVB 2 Vintage Sunburst - left hand model

Tanglewood RVB 2 Violin Bass (Vintage Sunburst - Left Handed) £314

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Tanglewood RVB 2 Black

Tanglewood RVB 2 Violin Bass (in an elegant Black finish, really cool!)£296

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Tanglewood RVB 2 Vintage Sunburst

Tanglewood RVB 2 Violin Bass (Vintage Sunburst - inc. case) £296

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The Tanglewood RVB 2 Classic 4 string violin bass is straight out of '60s British music with its Beatle bass style. The RVB-2 generates that subtle vintage semi-hollow tone perfect for '60s style pop, blues and jazz.

The RVB2 is crammed with vintage features including a figured maple top, maple set neck, rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays, deluxe chrome tuners and an attractive floating pickguard in heavy cream/white pearloid.

Capture and control the subtle tones with the onboard 'toaster' style mini-humbuckers and two pickup volume controls with on-off switches just like on the originals. A rhythm and solo switch changes the gain. The RVB-2 is an eyecatching, classic design with unique tone, at a remarkable price.


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