...but first a short story. I go into GC at about 11 am and it's really slow. there are two salespeople on the floor and both are on the phone. After I wrestled one of them away, I asked to look at "The Hofner and the Hofner copy". We walk toward the basses and stop. The guy looks up at the hanging instruments (too high for me to reach) and asks "Which ones do you want to see again"? I say "The Hofner and the Hofner copy", pointing to the basses. He still looks a bit confused, so I say "The Beatle basses". He looks like he got the message, reaches up confidently and hands me a Precision. After I finally got the right basses down, I could A/B them. I plugged the Hofner ($2100 used) first. It was just like Macca's famous Hofner and quite nice looking. The Pearloid pickguard and control cavity cover looked gave it that extra 60s touch. The string spacing was *quite* narrow and the scale is short, but I played some measures of "I saw her standing there" and it felt as beatley as it could through a GK head and cab. The tone was nice and round and quite usable, but I didn't care for the G string tone at all. Playing the A on the second fret had a open guitar A vibe I think the flatwound strings helped the vibe a lot. Intonation past the 12th fret? Decent but suspect. Funnily enough, one of the switches on the is an on/off switch and engaging it cuts the signal. There are two other switches, which I assume affect the tone of the neck and bridge pickups respectively, but I could be wrong. It is very nice, but a it also is a specialty bass with a "main bass" price. For $2100, I'd keep an eye out for someone desperate to unload a Sadowsky. How does the Korean Rogue($179 used) compare? Well, cosmetically, the pickguard and the control cavity cover look quite cheap (duh), the tuners are Gotoh style and the string spacing is a bit wider. Instear of Hofner's "staple" pickups, the Rogue has smooth silver soapbars and a similar control layout which was not that well wired, I think. It's also slightly bigger and heavier than the Hofner and with a slightly wider string spacing, although still short scale. I had to do some considerable doublethink to convince myself that it felt just as good as the original. The bass was strung with fresh roundwounds and even had a decent slap tone. Again, this bass had a less than great G string but It was no worse than the Hofner's really. I almost walked out with the Rogue with a good mind to play it on a gig (and a rehearsal later today) but resisted it. for 1/10 of the price of the original, I think it was pretty darn good and a great alternative to a Squier Bronco bass for younger kids. It is definitely young shoulder friendly. Questions? Comments?