In this video seemingly showing a blues rock jam, Ben can be seen playing an Hofner Violin Bass from their Ignition series of guitars. This instrument seems to have been Ben's main bass until the introduction of the Fender Mustang PJ, and he has reportedly said that due to electronics issues, the bass is now unfortuenately broken.more
This bass is incredibly flexible in the studio :)
Purchased second hand in early 2015 and used for Phased Out live shows and recordings of You Earn What You Get (2017). Sold in June 2018.
See the bass in use for Phased Out here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csBQq04MpQg ~~https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhO1PCrAIS4 ~~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tvzlNOG3wY
it was my second bass guitar. it was great and I still use it today, and Hannah used it on our cover of Sweetwaters "Spinning Wheel" and I used it on our cover of "Come Together".
I think i was very hyped on buying my first bass, and after checking a lot of them i decided to buy this one because of the clean tones it could get. I was very dissapointed, it lacks the sustain i want, i guess shortscale isn't for me also, so my stars are based in my personal preference, so don't get me wrong, it is a nice bass, just not the best first bass for anyone i guess. My first impression was, Is this a toy?, i was really surprised since it felt and it feels like a guitar, not a bass.
This thing is so much fun to play. It has it's quirks (tuning is a bit of a wildcard) but it truly is a unique instrument. From what i've read, the ignition series does a great job of emulating the Hofner experience while being cost effective.