Hofner 63 relic is not sounding good after setup

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ferrante9, Jan 2, 2022.

  1. ferrante9


    May 27, 2012
    I have had this Hofner 63 relic for over a year , and it was playing great , vintage woody sound just like I wanted .

    but the time came to have a set up . Wanted to change new strings , install Scheller strap lock , and have my frets leveled up.

    now I wish I didn’t , the bass doesn’t the same at all. Is it because of the new pyramid set of strings ?!!? They sound too metallic , they feel weird , the vintage woody tone is gone ?!?!! Is the moral of the story that if your are happy with how your bass is playing , don’t mess it up with a set up ?!?! Or the problem is just that I gotta wait for the strings to break in ?!!? If so, how long ?!? How come new factory Hofner basses , the strings are already broken in ?!!?! Please advise

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  2. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Hard to answer your question(s) without before and after audio clips. Just give it awhile and see if the tone of the strings mellow out. If they don’t, then try some different strings. Simple, right?
  3. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    Get a bucket of fried chicken and have an eat and play session… I’m only half joking.
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  4. dogbrained


    Jun 16, 2007
    My thought is, it's the new strings. I only change my strings when it's absolutely necessary. Give them some time.
  5. zzzzzz


    Feb 1, 2016
    there’s a chance the setup is not great, in that the action (string-to-string, and string-to-neck radius height) is off.. or at least may not what you’re used to. as far as the sound, what i do when flats are too bright and weird like that is lightly coat the strings with vaseline. seems odd but totally works to shorten the break-in time.
  6. Koshchei


    Mar 17, 2019
    Peterborough, ON
    Salmonella is the source of Sir Paul's tone? That's a new one!
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  7. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    Not sure how you’d get salmonella from cooked fried chicken, bud.
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  8. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    I was suggesting a way to take the zing out of new strings by getting grease on them quickly, which in part was a joke.
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  9. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    But according to Anthony Jackson, that is exactly what Philadelphia session bassist Ronnie Baker did. Slather lard on the strings of his back-up bass.
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  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    If you don't maintain 140 degrees, it happens.
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  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Sounds like strings to me it shouldn't take long to break them in depending on how often you play. You may have to adjust the tone controls on your amp until your strings break in.
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  12. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Maybe the tech adjusted/changed the pickup height?
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  13. themickster


    Oct 4, 2015
    That's new roundwound strings for you. That brightness will fade and the woodiness will come. If you can't wait, get some flats.
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  14. sharpiemarker


    Feb 15, 2013
    I put pyramid flats on a hofner to replace the stock round wounds. It really changed the feeling and sound. I didn’t bond well the the pyramids. But give it some time
  15. ferrante9


    May 27, 2012

    Pyramids come stock with the 63 relic Germans . They were 3 years olds , so I wanted a new fresh set of pyramids to replace the old one . They don’t sound and feel anything like the old set , except for the E string .

    the tech also had the bridge flipped upside down , when I took it home it wasn’t sounding like a Hofner , took it back to have him flip it back …… but the strings still sound too metallic .
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  16. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    All new Hofner/Pyramid flats have a dead E and noticeably bright A-D-G's. They'll settle in and even out. Just keep playing it and don't wipe the strings down.
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  17. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Yes, but he did that so he could put the bass in a closet for a year or so while the strings naturally conditioned themselves so they wouldn't rust. There was a story in BP magazine years about that right after he died, I don't think it was grease like that though, it would have gotten pretty rancid after about a week.:laugh:
  18. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    You are remembering the same BP story I am, only I suspect you are more correct on the details.
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  19. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    F9, what strings were on it prior to the new ones ?
  20. Give it a month of playing. Pyramid Gold Flats are the same as the original equipment flats on that instrument. Once they are broken in, they are good for many years.

    Listen to FranF, he knows of what he speaks. He's got more Hofner basses any anybody.
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