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Arise, Lazarus!! My Hohner XK250...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rllefebv, Apr 15, 2006.


  1. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I purchased, (rescued, more like it), this bass back in mid-January off of craigslist... A 1970 Bartell-designed, American built, Hohner XK250 Fretless. This is one of those "I should have taken before/after pictures!" moments because, while she's not looking like she's totally ready for the ball, neither is she laying in a pool of her own excrement!

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    When I got this bass, it was wearing a bad coat of gunk on the fingerboard, seriously dead strings, badly wired electronics, and a Fender-style bridge with a few spacers under it to get the bridge high-enough to work...

    Since the string spacing should be .625 rather than the .750 that the bridge was packing, the E and G strings were off the fingerboard at around the 15th fret, (and basically useless at around the 10th)... I yanked the bridge, finding a bunch of non-standard holes underneath. I made a quick-stop tailpiece using the five Fender Bridge holes and decided to go with a maple saddle piece... Works nicely, covers all but one hole, and imparts a nice tone...

    Originally, the tone was a bit nasty, lotsa buzz, low output... My favorite test is always to wire 'bad' sounding pickups directly to the jack, and these single coils didn't disappoint! Clear, barky tone with a fairly powerful output... I ditched the pickup selector switch, (in favor of a carriage bolt to cover the hole and add a touch of class :D ), shielded and rewired using new 250K pots and .47 capacitors, Switchcraft jack... Very quiet! I am pleased...

    Strung with D'Addario Chromes, which have broken in nicely after 10 days, this bass is rapidly growing on me. I really wussed and didn't gig with it last weekend, but I did take it to a jam last Saturday and was very pleased with it's tone in a band setting... Very nice, full, round, supportive tone... lotsa throat and plenty of attitude. I think I've found a new roots/rock workhorse!!

    -robert
     
  2. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Cool, enjoy.:bassist:
     
  3. doormatt

    doormatt

    Apr 8, 2005
    that fretboard is rad!
     
  4. Awesome work fixing that bass up! Looks like a keeper to me ^_^

    Do you have any means of recording sound clips?
     
  5. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Definitely a cool bass.
     
  6. sinophysiker

    sinophysiker

    Feb 7, 2006
    Shanghai
    is this Hohner company related to the one that produces blues harps/accordions?
     
  7. phxlbrmpf

    phxlbrmpf

    Dec 27, 2002
    Germany
    It's really nice to see that Hohner actually made cool-looking basses once. :/

    sinophysiker: it's the same company.
     
  8. sinophysiker

    sinophysiker

    Feb 7, 2006
    Shanghai
    really?

    then too bad they don't produce bass guitar any more...
     
  9. phxlbrmpf

    phxlbrmpf

    Dec 27, 2002
    Germany
    I was going to disagree with you but I just checked out their website and ... no basses. Oh well, I never liked their modern bass designs much anyway. :/
     

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