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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by magic8161, Feb 15, 2018.
Think these would fit with Blues Brothers show I do and Country? I Really like that thumpy sound.
Absolutely! They're brilliant for blues and country...and anything that benefits from a rich, warm, supportive bass sound. (I play my 500/1 in an alt/vintage country band, and it sounds perfect.) Plus, they're light and comfy, and you get a point or two for originality.
I have a German Club. Excellent instrument. Workmanship is outstanding. Best with flats. Sounds awesome when palm muted and played with thumb or pleck.
The Hofners have always puzzled me, and I couldn't keep my Club. What could have been a great instrument ended up like this dialog: (I'm not here to upset, but this is just my take) Let's keep a 1963 switch for solo and treble, because bass players just love to alternate rhythm and solo parts. Let's set up controls so that you have no clue why there is a bridge pickup, and keep volume blending a no go. Let's make string spacing so tight that bass players will get excited to learn a new instrument. Let's keep a floating bridge without intonation adjustment because, well, it's fun. Let's keep a 1963 control plate rectangle because it's unfashionable and our brand. Did I miss anything? Oh, Let's put our product out with roundwound strings so everyone can have something interesting to say when they put flats on it.
So why not a get good P-Bass? BTW, I positively wore out a cassette copy of Briefcase Full of Blues one summer when I was in high school. I really know that record. Think Duck would approve of his parts played with that goofy German bass?
Goofy German bass??? A Duck that plays bass???@#! A "Lemmy"ing that plays bass??!!??? What is this world devolving to?????????? I need some consolation with my Squier.
... not that there's anything wrong with it...
Seeing this thread made me miss my Club. Then reading your post reminded me why I sold it.
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It’s easy to replace the controls with a selector switch / V / T, but I agree about that rectangular plate
They sound just like violin Basses, but are more ergonomic IMO.
I wish Paul would have played one, so we could get some more choices nowadays....
They wanted to change this and did a while back, but the backlash from the general public was very strong and they decided to go back to the classic design.
They still have a German model or two with 3 way pup selector and volume/tone setup, but super expensive.
Hopefully they will introduce some cheaper alternatives with more typical electronics one day because they are gonna need to appeal to younger players eventually.
With that being said, I like the hofner control panel takes one practice session to figure it out and makes it more of a “set and forget” bass as opposed to a bass that makes it easy to play around with your pickup blending and tone while you are playing.
I would set and forget. Then I would take it to a gig, and want to tweak the tone a little...
McCartney (the bass player) is the best thing that happened to Hofner. McCartney (the icon) is the worst thing that happened to Hofner. Unfortunately, fetishistic customers have trapped Hofner in amber to the point where one might wonder whether they're selling basses or nostalgia pieces.
Like you, I hope the passage of time allows Hofner to maintain the best aspects of their designs (and there are a lot of good aspects!) and shed the less sensible ones.
Even so, perfect intonation is possible with the floating bridge, and the somewhat limited control panel still allows for righteous tones. Despite their quirks, Hofner basses are fabulous instruments. They're just not for everybody, which makes them a little more special for those of us who do like them.
I've seen Bill Frizell's bass player using a Hofner Club (Pipeline on YouTube, for one). By the way, I bought a Chinese knockoff online from China for $200 & it's great. Delivery took 2 weeks. Shipping from eBay was free.
**Raises hand** I like them!
This is why i love the upgraded control panel on my club.
I gig my Ignition Club strung with flats or nylon tapes for blues, jazz, bossa, roots, rock, soul, R&B, country and whatever else comes along.
I've thought of replacing the controls with V/V/T but I never use any bridge pickup so I just keep all the switches up, turn down the bridge pickup and use the Bass switch to dump highs if required.
I think the Hofner doublecut club looks wonderful.
I would have a lot more love for them if they were 34" scale. Mainly because I like Hofners, but I have more than enough short scale hollow body basses already. A long scale one is the only bass I need to complete my herd. And, Hofner makes left handed Club basses, so... As for the controls? Yeah, they're a little strange; I usually say they're Hofner's revenge for Germany losing WWII. Really, though, what they are is a small company's response to limited resources that plagued Germany for a long time after that war. They're identical to the ones on Hofner's hollow body guitars. Think "guitar", and they make a lot more sense. Simple as that...