best Violin bass for the Macca sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tubster, May 12, 2003.

  1. tubster


    Feb 5, 2003
    Southwest Spain
    Don't have the cash for a Hofner 5001 so who has tried and rated the copies that are out there. How do they rate against the original?

    Also what strings should be used - provided they need to be changed?

    Very interested in what people have found.

  2. McCartney used Rotosound black nylon tapewounds. You could probably throw those on a Modulus and come close to copping his tone.
  3. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    I bought a Rogue Violin bass, and it sounds good. I put LaBella Beatle Bass strings, which are flatwounds and sound very Macca-esque. The Beatle Bass strings are made to go on those tiny machine heads on the original; you really don't need them for the Rogue, because they use regular bass tuning machines. Any short-scale flatwound should do.
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Brice makes a nice looking Beatle Bass. Check out . I have no idea how it sounds but it sure looks cool.