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NBD Hofner Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gorn Captain, Dec 12, 2013.


  1. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Technically tomorrow is NBD barring any UPS disaster.
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    I've always wanted one of these. It's apparently in great shape, with a hard shell case and labella flats, and looks like it has the teacup knobs which I would have wanted anyway.

    Do these basically sound the same as the violin bass? I love the deep, warm sound of those but I never liked the tiny body. This seems like it would be more comfortable to play.
     
  2. Treadstone71

    Treadstone71

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    I have a contemporary clubber, and it's my go-to vintage sound bass.

    I have a contemporary violin bass too, and they're acoustically identical. The one plus is that the club is easier to play sitting or standing, and you're not immediately accused at gigs of wanting to be Macca.
     
  3. Pimpernel Smith

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    Congratulations, man. I've been thinklng of getting one, too.
    Yes, they are easier to hold and play than the violin shape, they sound the same to me. I had a 1968, but sold it 20 years ago.
     
  4. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    I had one of these and loved it. Yes to my ear it sounds just like the violin version, just different body shape. You'll dig it.
     
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  6. Dale D Dilly

    Dale D Dilly Monster

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    Please share what brand and model the case is when you get it. I've been trying like crazy to find one that fits mine properly and I can't seem to do it for a reasonable amount of money.

    I love my icon club--sounds great, plays great, looks great. And this is coming from someone who thinks most basses with less than a 34" scale feel like flimsy toys. My club is light, with a fast neck, but doesn't feel at all flimsy or cheap. Definitely feels more comfortable and sturdy than any violin bass I've ever tried to play. I hope you love it as much as I love mine.
     
  7. GBassNorth

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    Great catch! Congrats on the NBD.
     
  8. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I've heard the epi Allen woody case fits it, though I'm not sure. I'll report back tomorrow.
     
  9. GM60466

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  10. Dale D Dilly

    Dale D Dilly Monster

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    Thanks for the leads guys.
     
  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Great score they sound good.
     
  12. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    It's pretty much perfect. No cosmetic flaws I can find. Intonation is spot on. Frets are good. Electronics are great and hum free. I have no idea what brand the case is but it's 70's brown faux gator chic. Solid and functional. Not sure what the strings are. They're thinned out at the ends like Labella beatles flats but they're grey, not black. I have a set of labellas lying around so I'll probably swap them out. Overall, I'm a happy camper.
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  13. Gorn Captain

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    Does anyone know exactly what the solo/rhythm switch does? It's subtle and I can hear a difference, but what exactly does it do?
     
  14. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    Volume boost.
     
  15. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    That's what it seems like. I love the bass and it's setup the way it's always been, but I really don't understand why there's pickup switches when you can do the same thing with volume control. Seems redundant.
     
  16. GM60466

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  17. sneha1965

    sneha1965

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    Not an icon but a fun bass to play and one I've been going to regularly post surgery.

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