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Best sounding bass for 50's-70's vintage bass tone... hands down.
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.
Too Fab for Words
Again my wife (shout out to Linda) surprised me with this bass a few years ago. It is a special 125th anniversary issue with all the early 60's specs. I love bass guitar and this little baby steps up for whatever I need. After all it fit the bill for one of the greatest music phenomenons that ever existed.
Hofner 40th Anniversary '62 Reissue
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.