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Höfner or Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mybassisalemom, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. mybassisalemom


    Jan 3, 2014
    Hello, I am looking to buy a new primary bass as my first bass I bought of eBay for $129AUD and is a piece of crap its an "Artist" Bass if any of you wanted to know. Anyway I will have to save every cent to buy one these basses and I want your opinions on both. I am looking at the Höfner Club Bass contemporary, and the Fender American Standard Precision Bass. I live in rural Australia and the music shop that is the closest to me had 3 basses all Cort and other brands the next closest music shop is about a 2-day drive so I'm looking at online shopping. I found an Australian site that sells basses, the Höfner Club contemporary is around $1,200 while the Fender is around $1,800. So which one should I go for? What are some of the pros and cons of each bass?
    Thanks in advance😀😀:)
  2. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Fender all the way. Why not opt for a MIM Fender - half the price of the MIA stuff and very good quality.
  3. drummer5359

    drummer5359 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Pittsburgh PA USA
    The Fender is much more versatile. Welcome to talkbass.
  4. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Fender all the way. I'm a big fan of a couple Aussie bands. Great guys!
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Another vote for Fender. Regardless of which way you decide to go, investigate the online retailers’ return policies before pulling the trigger. Fender offers decent product warranties in most countries — check with the retailer and/or distributor. Not familiar with Höfner’s program.
  7. MarkJC8

    MarkJC8 Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Chicago, Illinois
    I couldn't agree more. I have both a MIA Fender and a MIM Fender. As I play longer I notice subtle differences in the two, but for all practical purposes the MIM is a very nice, high quality bass. The MIA sounds better when you use a high quality amp, for sure.

    Play a Hofner before you buy. They don't feel or sound the same way you would expect. I always thought my first bass would be a Hofner violin (Beatles fan)... then I played one. Neck dive, no low end, tough to play while sitting and practicing. So I went Fender and never looked back.
  8. SidMau


    Sep 3, 2012
    Hofners are generally not seen beyond Beatles tribute bands whilst Fenders are found literally everywhere. This being said by someone who doesn't really like fenders overly much. For your situation, I'd take the Fender, though I'd also look and see if there are any used basses you can check out nearby. You can get a used MIA fender for a few $100 less, though make sure there isn't anything wrong with the bass, of course. Best of luck.
  9. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    I'd rather get my Epi Viola back before buying a Hofner. Fender all the way.
  10. I'll put in a vote for the minority - Hofner Club. Of course, this depends on what kind of sound you are looking for. If you want the warm rich woody sound of an upright bass the Hofner will give you that if you have the proper flatwound strings on it. Most use either Pyramid Gold short scale, or the Thomastik-Infeld Jazz flats 32 inch. A third favorite is the Labella flats for Hofner.
    The Club CT model is an excellent model, not looking like McCartney's but giving you the same sound, more or less. The CT models have a block running through the length of the body which gives a bit more sustain than the fully hollow German made, or Ignition models. The CT has all of the beauty of the German models.
    Many people don't think to put round wounds on Hofners, but you certainly can for a bit more bite. This greatly expands the range of the tones that you can get by your choice of string.
    Hofners aren't for everyone. In over 40 years of playing bass I've never owned, nor wanted a Fender. A distinct minority opinion.
    Good luck, mate, with your choice.
  11. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    Well,you certainly couldn't get 2 more divergent choices! (Long vs short scale,solidbody vs hollow,etc) My choice would be the Fender as well. (even though i've never kept any Fender i've owned for very long) It's just a more substantial instrument,that can have a lot of tonal variety depending on strings,setup,pickups.etc.
  12. waxcomb


    Jun 29, 2003
    Martinez, CA
    Get the Hofner and don't look back. The real difference is that there is little sustain, which a solid body has plenty of. More of a thump than ringing notes, but very usable if you are willing to learn its quirks. You can't ham fist it like a Fender; you need to have a gentler touch. It also has a tendency to feed back in certain circumstances. I have played many gigs with my vintage Hofner, and have never heard a single complaint from the band, engineer or audience. My shoulder also thanks me.
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Fender, but a Jazz Bass.
  15. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The Hofner cuz it's prettier.
  16. lbladams

    lbladams Guest

    Fender MIM. I personally would go used Fender, Music Man, or G&L. Won't lose much if you resell and if you do, not much invested to find "the one".
  17. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    the fender would be much, much more versatile and practical, imo, unless youre in a beatles tribute band, or maybe some bluegrass band where you need to mimic an upright tone. And even then the fender could get you there tone-wise. Hofners have the beatle gimmick, but that's about it ime.
  18. Osztertag2112


    Jan 27, 2013
    Fender they are great!! American special is a bit cheaper too but still amazing!
  19. crlujan


    Jul 26, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    If I were in your shoes and getting my first "real" bass, I'd definitely go with the Fender. Precision or Jazz. Either one.

    I'm only looking at Hofners now having played Fenders for years and am just looking for something completely different.

    But, as I said, first "real" bass... go Fender.
    El Pelusa likes this.
  20. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    USED Fender Jazz. Done!