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Hofner bass

Postby brooksi » 06 Jun 2009, 20:46

has anyone tried them,as my daughter wants to get me one for my birthday. 8/ And she is in the UK at this time ,and found one in the local music shop.So has anyone had much to do with them.All i could find, was this on youtube. :angry:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqu7zFd3 ... re=related
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby Bass People » 06 Jun 2009, 22:33

These are hugely underrated basses. They have a really distinctive, warm sound with fast decay.
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby robert43 » 06 Jun 2009, 23:23

Think early Beetles . PM used it because it was 1 all he could afford & 2 he could turn it up sidedown & it would be about the same PM was a lefty
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby Bass People » 07 Jun 2009, 00:05

Not just early Beatles - he's still using it.
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby rusty » 07 Jun 2009, 12:43

Iused a hofner as one of my first basses, they are great basses, very underated & have that "he used it" stigma associated with them. A hell of alot of studio's have them in their arsenals also. Put some nice flats on it & your in warmth heaven!
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby Petebass » 07 Jun 2009, 15:12

+1 with what everyone has said so far, plus I can add that they are extremely lightweight. I suppose you'd expect that from a hollow body, but even still most people are surprised by it when they first pick them up. They're not the sort of bass you'd buy if your were a slapper - very full and warm with a narrow string spacing that makes them very easy to play. Hang it up on the wall when you're not playing it - they look beautiful!!

I learned to play on one of these. It was loaned to me by a family friend when I was a beginner, and unfortunately I had to give it back eventually. I'm ashamed to admit now that I was too young and dumb to appreciate it for what it was at the time.
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby brooksi » 07 Jun 2009, 20:03

Thanks guys, will let her know.And see what happens :yep :yep
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby SpankyAndy » 09 Jun 2009, 17:49

Hi brooksi,

+1 on everything everyone has said.

I have never played a genuine German-made Hofner 5001, but on the June long weekend I finally got to try a Chinese license made Hofner Icon "BB" (Beatles Bass) bass, while visiting my son in Port Macquarie.

I have long been curious to try a Hofner of any description, and had read good things specifically about the Icon series basses. While the Icon BB doesn't have quite the same tonal range, quality fittings or the classic German Hofner pickups, I was still really surprised and impressed by the tone, playability and overall quality of the instrument.

In fact, I was so impressed, I couldn't put the bass down, and had to reluctantly leave the store to track my girlfriend down at the shops to see if I could get the nod to buy it. Fortunately, wiser heads than mine prevailed (I'm currently paying off 2 x Spector basses and 1 x Gibson SG bass) and I had to leave the instrument at the store, but it has given me the desire to save for a genuine German Hofner.

I don't know if anyone is currently distributing the German instruments here, but they'd be a very expensive if you picked one up new. 2nd hand they tend to be in the AU$2500 - $3000.00 range, depending on the motivation level of the seller (I let a beauty slip through my hands recently - the seller wanted AU$2400.00). If you can get one overseas, then do so - I'm pretty darned sure you will not regret it.

Alternatively, you can pick up a Chinese Hofner for around AU$650 including HSC. Considering that a Chinese Eastwood hollowboy would cost you more than twice that if you imported one, then they are exceptional value for such an iconic instrument.

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Re: Hofner bass

Postby joel » 10 Jun 2009, 16:21

Hey guys

We currently have 3 German hofners in stock. Check the links for a little more info.
The prices we have them at are very good compared to what the new retail prices are.
I love the feel of these instruments, such a classic sound and they sound so beautiful recorded.

62 Re issue - http://basspeople.cart.net.au/details/2231277.html
63 re issue - http://basspeople.cart.net.au/details/2231278.html
Club bass - http://basspeople.cart.net.au/details/2231279.html

Its also interesting to note that alot of hip hop/RNB/ soul- neo soul is recorded with one of these but it makes perfect sense. Alicia Keys latest album has one all over it.


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Re: Hofner bass

Postby SpankyAndy » 10 Jun 2009, 18:10

Hi Joel,

Great to know you have these beauties in stock, how long have you had these particular instruments in the store? I'm not quite sure I understand what the differences are between the 62 and 63 reissue... must be subtle. Did you ever have any of the Cavern model - ie the one with two pickups close together by the neck?

It's a shame these things are so dear down here...

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Re: Hofner bass

Postby brooksi » 10 Jun 2009, 18:54

I think, she is looking at the hofner contemporary series. :?: At around 500 pounds , :eyebrow: is it a good buy :?:
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Re: Hofner bass

Postby SpankyAndy » 10 Jun 2009, 21:26

Just did a quick read online:

"The HCT500/1 Contemporary Bass is made in China and is closely modelled on the H500/1-63 that Paul McCartney acquired in 1963.Like all Hofner bass guitars, it has a hollow body design giving it the distinctive deep, warm woody sound. The HCT has been modernised with the addition of a central sustain block to reduce feedback and increase sustain."

Sounds like it's a nicer bass than the Icon. Read the rest of the reviews here:

http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Electric+Bass/product/Hofner/Contemporary+Beatle+Bass/10/1

And here's a link to 5 billion threads on Talkbass, comparing the Contemporary to the Icon, and other violin basses:

http://www.google.com/custom?domains=www.talkbass.com&q=Hofner+Contemporary&sa=Google+Search+TB&sitesearch=www.talkbass.com&client=pub-8421004264497697&forid=1&channel=1242832700&ie=ISO-8859-1&oe=ISO-8859-1&cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC%3A0000FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BLH%3A44%3BLW%3A100%3BL%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.talkbass.com%2Fimages%2Fheader%2F2007%2Flogo.jpg%3BS%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.talkbass.com%3BLP%3A1%3BFORID%3A1&hl=en

Happy reading!

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Re: Hofner bass

Postby SpankyAndy » 10 Jun 2009, 21:34

And here's the Hofner bass site photos of the CT bass:

http://www.hofner.com/gab/en/phpshop/43/page,shop.product_details/flypage,shop.zupf_flypage/product_id,173/category_id,100/

Looks great! Lucky you!

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Re: Hofner bass

Postby brooksi » 11 Jun 2009, 08:36

Thanks for the link,but knowing my daughter.I'll probably end up with a t shirt :lol: :lol: :lol:
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I got to play a German reissue 1962 Hofner 5001 bass today

Postby SpankyAndy » 11 Jun 2009, 17:58

I got to play a German reissue 1962 Hofner 5001 bass today.

The instrument is modelled on the bass played by Sir Paul. I played a Chinese Hofner Icon BB bass last weekend and was very impressed by it. While the memories are fresh, here are my impressions of the two:

German Hofner reissue 1962 5001 bass (AU$3,500.00 including hard shell case):

Description of bass played:

  • Approx 1yr old NOS German bass - hung on the store wall the entire time.

  • Nitro paint finish, with a beautiful honey/violin burst. Moderate flaming on the rear of the body.

  • Fitted with flatwound strings.

  • Fitted with a historically correct zero fret - the nut looked sloppy.

  • Fitted with correct "tea cup" knobs and white sliding switches.

  • No side position markers/dots in the binding.

  • D shaped neck? Like a scaled down Steinberger L2.

  • Fitted with Hofner German staple pickups.

  • Featherlight - I am not kidding. This thing Weighs NOTHING - ie 2kg/5lbs

  • No heel strap button is fitted - you can either use a vintage Hofner dog clip strap under the neck/body gap, or drill your own hole in the heel cap and install a plastic strap button to match the rear one.
Issues:

  • Body binding poorly joined, with visible joins and slight gaps.

  • Body binding pitted and dented slightly but visibly.

  • Neck binding notably scuffed and marked.

  • Body had numerous small marks through the nitro paint.

  • Neck joint had a very visible pen (????) line pointing to a small indent in the wood - this had then been lacquered over with clear lacquer!!!

  • Heel cap was poorly fitted and a noticeable gap was present between the wood and the plastic cover.

  • Sliding switches and knobs incredibly stiff. Volume knobs stiff to rotate.

  • Micro screws on the pickup top (where you would rest your thumb) protruded and were noticeable when playing with your thumb anchored on the bass pickup.

  • E string kept slipping off the metal (fretwire??) saddle... and I don't really dig in or play hard.
Tone:
  • Amazing old school, thumpy, little sustain. The flatwounds and German staple pickups obviously gave it "that sound". Bass pickup was in double bass territory. Bridge pickup had bite. Both pickups together was magic. The solo switch really gave a massive bass boost. Surprisingly versatile.

Chinese Hofner Icon BB bass (AU$620 including hard shell case):

Description of bass played:
  • Unsure of length of time it had been in the store.

  • Fitted with Chinese parts.

  • Fitted with Chinese pickups.

  • Fitted with roundwound strings of unknown origin.

  • Poly paint.

  • Garish 3tsb finish.

  • Conventional strap buttons provided at heel cap and rear of bass.

  • Fitted with black Jazz bass style knobs and black slider switches.

  • Weight - the bass seemed surprisingly heavier than I expected. Unsure of the exact weight, but still much lighter than a solid body bass.

  • Neck seemed slimmer than the German Hofner.

Issues:
  • NONE - while the quality of the Chinese Hofner components and wood was not the same as the German bass, the standard of finishing was a lot better. I noted NONE of the finish and quality issues that I noted on the German bass.
Tone:
  • Bass pickup was deep and round - very nice, warm sound. Bridge pickup had bite. Both pickups together was great. The solo switch gave a great bass boost. Surprisingly versatile.

If money was no object, I'd pick the German Hofner, but given the $3,000.00 price difference between the two, I was actually surprised by the (lack of) build quality on the German bass. I would like to see an Icon fitted with flats and then compare the two side by side.

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