'"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
The Hofner Ignition Violin Bass is a unique electric bass guitar which features a violin shape hollowbody constructed from flame maple with a solid spruce top to deliver the iconic Hofner tone. Also incorporating a 22 fret Rosewood fingerboard, ignition staple nickel pickups, rosewood bridge and open geared tuners the Ignition Violin Bass is sure to stand out on stage and produces a distinctive sound.more
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.
Best shortscale bass ever. And if you dig that Beatles sound you should definitely get it. Sound is original and amazing. Pick ups are great. Tunning is amazing. Just an amazing instrument to own.
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.
The Violin Bass offers a unique sound, this being a warm and organic one. By selecting the bridge pickup you get a brilliant sound, worthy of an electric bass for something for a solo or funky sound; When selecting the neck pickup you get warmth and softness to perform rhythm and accompaniment and by selecting both you get the one that for me is the best of all the sounds, bringing out the best of the bass and a delightful tone. In addition to adding the "rhythm and solo" switch, this is a kind of booster to stand out in your presentation.