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Hohner Acoustic Bass HAB-40N

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fitzy73, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. fitzy73


    Mar 1, 2008
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    Hi ,does anyone else have one of these hohner basses ,if so what do you think of them & how do you intonation a acoustic bass cheers fitzy73

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  2. BassMagilla


    Mar 21, 2011
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    I realize I am replying to a very old post but here is what I know.

    I just bought a Hohner HAB 40N Bass with the phosphor bronze strings and I am very pleased with it. I do have to correct a crackling while it is plugged in to any amp or using any cable, hoping it is just the 1/4 jack gone bad.

    This is my first acoustic bass and I am very pleased with it and the crackling is not first on the repair list as I bought it for acoustic use.

    So on to the question on intonation.
    Looking at the bridge on mine I see there are different saddles or at least the saddles are in different positions for each string. Each of the four saddle inserts is at a different angle. I have not done so yet... but removing the string will tell the story of the saddle insert perhaps allowing it to be turned 90º, 180º or 270º thus allowing a different height.

    Mine is right on from the nut to the saddle inserts and perhaps it is just your preference or is it really 'out'

    That's my input
  3. Ed_in_NE_Ohio


    Nov 24, 2012
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    Anyone have any comments or opinions about these?

    This is the only sub-$500 acoustic/electric bass I can find that has a solid top. Also, only a few vendors seem to have them...

    Wondering if I'd be better off going with one of these, or just going "low-end used" for a first venture into "acoustic bass land"?

    My classic rock cover band is putting together an acoustic set-list for the Farmer's Market season. We'll be: 2 acoustic guitars, electric piano/percussion, and me. Or should I just play my Fender Jazz and forget about the acoustic?
  4. LyleRyan

    LyleRyan Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
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    I've got a Hohner EAB65, which is probably the same but with older preamp.

    The thing I use it for is to take along a light and inexpensive Bass when traveling. Something I can use for practice without an amp, but could plug in if needed.

    For playing with other people, you'll need an amp. Maybe a living room practice with 1 or 2 acoustic Guitars will work, but you'll only be able to hear your note, not fill in any bottom.

    Still, a useful option.

  5. Robert Spencer

    Robert Spencer

    Apr 25, 2010
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    I have a Hohner HAB 40 & love it. Only mods are black tapewound strings and the installation of a JJB Electronics passive pickup ( www.jjb-electronics.com ) for an even more woody sound. Plays & sounds very nice. I had another Hohner acoustic bass ( the one with the triangular sound hole) but gave it to a friend when arthritic hands prevented me from playing a long scale bass. The 32" HAB 40 is fine though.
    Maybe we should have a Hohner Bass Club? Take care. Bob
  6. RandomPS


    Jan 3, 2014
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    I have one of these, that I've just dug out of the closet after a long spell, but I've been having trouble finding strings. I know it should get the "short" strings, but even so, I've gone through a few sets that, even though are labelled for 32", are too long (and even cutting the strings down, E string would be too thick to fit through the tuning post). The second part to this is string diameter - what size strings would you suggest (I've tried strings that were too thick to fit the bridge holes). Thanks for any suggestions.

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