Hofner violin with P Bass pickup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JD Supernatural, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Just wondering what you guys think, I have this idea to put a P pickup on my spare Hofner Icon Bass, has anyone ever done this or can anyone visualise how it may sound ?

    I have a German one I use a lot, I would do this to my spare bass just to get a variance in sound from my German one.
  2. I could see doing this to a Rogue or a Douglas. To each his own. But why butcher a Hofner?!
  3. Batmensch

    Batmensch Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    Why not? what's so precious about a Hofner?
  4. German one? Price at least.. I guess )
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  6. The Icon is made in Indonesia, I believe, so what the heck.
  7. Isn't the string spacing narrow on a Hofner? You might run into problems getting the pickup aligned so that it looks neat, though it may work OK without the poles lined up. If your Hofner is fully hollow, you'll struggle to find anything to screw the P-pickup into, as they're designed to mount into a solid body.
  8. as I said in my op its an Icon, cheap Asian model, made in China, cost me $200
  9. Im not worried about it looking neat

    Im thinking I could make a small block of wood to seat the pickup on, like a saddle arrangment
  10. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    If you're concerned about polepiece alignment, try the DiMarzio Split P which has blade magnets in it.

    To echo the sentiment above, what will you fasten the pickup to if the body is indeed hollow? Maybe just float it on the top and construct a custom surround for it?