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Kangaroo Kev

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Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:06:11 AM »

Can you spot the Basslines ?

Im impressed with it but the Chinese strings are rubbish Ive already ordered a set of flats to replace them with.

Well known bass lines on new Hofner Violin Bass
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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 07:32:22 PM »

You really need flats, mate!

Which ones did you order?
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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2013, 01:42:43 AM »

XL Chromes Barry, 45 gauge.

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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2013, 03:11:58 AM »

The flat-wounds on my Switchmaster have been on for years, Kev.  They still sound great.

My Hofner came with German Hofner short-scale flats...

G - .040
D - .055
A - .070
E - .100


Here's an interesting piece I read on North Coast Music's website (where I purchased my Hofner):

The October 2005 issue of Bass Player Magazine featured an interview with Paul McCartney. As a part of this interview, McCartney's longtime technical director, Kevin Smith, offered some insights about Paul's Hofner Beatle Bass. Smith explained that Paul McCartney "favors" La Bella flat wound strings for his Beatle Bass, gauged .039, .056, .077, and .096.





As the strings that came on my guitar will last for years, I guess I won't be able to make any comparisons.   ;)



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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2013, 04:13:24 AM »

Yeah I knew about the La Bellas Baz, theyre on ebay advertised as such

I like the chrome
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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 08:21:00 AM »

Can you spot the Basslines ?

Im impressed with it but the Chinese strings are rubbish Ive already ordered a set of flats to replace them with.

Well known bass lines on new Hofner Violin Bass


I'm seriously jealous.

I had a black Rickenbacker 2001 that I sold in the early 90s when in need of funds. I've regretted it ever since and covet classic basses now.
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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2014, 10:16:50 PM »

I had a Ric not so long ago mate, mine was fireglow, theres a pic of it somewhere, I sold it as I preferred my Fender Bass, and I knew I wouldn't use the very heavy Ric......The Hofner is completely its own animal though, its like nothing else.

What Id love to do if I was clever enough is put a Fender P bass pickup inbetween the two hofner pickups - would it sound a bit like a P bass ?
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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2014, 11:14:43 PM »

I had a Ric not so long ago mate, mine was fireglow, theres a pic of it somewhere, I sold it as I preferred my Fender Bass, and I knew I wouldn't use the very heavy Ric......The Hofner is completely its own animal though, its like nothing else.

What Id love to do if I was clever enough is put a Fender P bass pickup inbetween the two hofner pickups - would it sound a bit like a P bass ?

The fireglows looked sensational. The Ric was heavy. But I liked the thin neck. Great rocky treble sound.

Not sure what effect a precision bass pickup would have on a hofner.  I'm not sure I'd want to fiddle with a nice instrument to that extent. Maybe if I was rich enough to have a spare  ;)
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Re: Messing about on my new Hofner Violin Bass
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2014, 01:07:31 AM »

What Id love to do if I was clever enough is put a Fender P bass pickup inbetween the two hofner pickups - would it sound a bit like a P bass ?

I think it would still sound like a hollow body, Kev.
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