'"Since i first heard the B-side of Paperback Writer, 'Rain', i knew that was the perfect bass sound! Also Kevin Parker of Tame Impala uses one so I use ' The Violin Bass' sound on my solo records 'The Kundalini Target' and 'Peace City West' and on my new album out in 2013 called Travel Wild / Travel Free. The perfect bass sound. " - Steve Cradockmore
> Johnny also has a thing for Hofner basses—not just the classic 500/1 violin-style bass that will forever be associated with Paul McCartney but also the company’s chunkier Club model. “I got them to make me a Club Bass just like the Sixties ones, but without the neck binding,” he says. “I love it.”more
Andy Hummel is pictured here performing with a Höfner 500/1 bass guitar. >...there was always a Hofner at the studio – may still be. Hofners are great. There’s no other sound like it. They have that short scale which is very easy to play and they are very light. We used it some before and during the 1st LP. Later Terry Manning or somebody put round wound strings on it and ruined it I think. Hofners need flat wound strings." - Andy Hummel, 2007more
I had a ignition version, and while the sound is 75% there... the playability was pretty much non-existent to professionally recording.. why? The build is very poor and is meant more as a decorative piece... they did not build the frets correctly so even after changing pricey string set after another and setting up countless times... only one spot of the fretboard played somewhat accurately... improper build made this useless in the studio. The real german made one looks leagues better, plays anywhere in the fretboard as it should... and the pickups deliver full original tone we all know and love.
After some fierce bidding on ebay, I won my '62 40th anniversary reissue Hofner at 6am in the morning for 1650 USD from some fella that was in a Beatles' band in Philly. I love this bass. The only drawback that I find, is that it is so easy to play. You can easily get spoiled playing a Hofner, making it harder to play a longer scale bass. I tend to shift back and forth between the Hofner and a Gibson Les Paul bass to keep myself in check. I'd like to get an ICON series Hofner and fit it with German electronics & hardware and use this one a little more sparingly to prevent it from getting dinged up. It's a great bass.