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Hofner issue -- cracked pickup frames

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AZJim, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. AZJim

    AZJim Guest

    May 24, 2010
    Ok we all know that Hofners and basically all hollow body basses are more delicate than their solid body counterparts, but I wasn't expecting that to extend to the black plastic pickup frames cracking.

    I have a CT, bought used, in perfect condition except when it arrived one frame was cracked. The crack is barely noticeable, not enough to kill the deal. Now almost a year later I notice the other pickup frame is cracked. I play it a lot, but I don't bang it around.

    So I'm ordering new ones from North Coast Music, but...anyone else with this issue?
  2. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Not here, and my HCT is 5+ yrs old.

  3. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The CT isn't actually totally hollow. They put a block inside it so the only true hollowbodies are the Icon/Ignition and the vintage ones. Not sure about vintage reissues.
  4. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I'm in Florida, and we have high humidity for most of the year. I've never had a Hofner, but I've been told that here in Florida, the Hofners need occational repairs due to our high humidity. I've wanted one, but have been hesitant because of that.
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  6. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Jaco said he his upright once exploded from the humidity. I don't understand how people can live down there.
  7. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I grew up in Nassau County (that's next to Queens for the rest of you), and I'd never move back. I'm not going to get into a debate as to which location is better to live, but Florida is far better For Me.
  8. AZJim

    AZJim Guest

    May 24, 2010
    Thanks guys, well the humidity thing, I never thought plastic would/should be affected by humidity, but who knows. It may be the "opposite" problem, as I live in Arizona but I bought the bass from a gent in Florida. Wood obviously doesn't tolerate wild fluctuations in humidity...ha, maybe plastic too. Could be some sort of exotic, highly porous Asian plastic!

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