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hofner bridge / sweetwater Q

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by reddog, Jan 14, 2017.

  1. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Took advantage of sweetwater's sale and got a hofner club bass at a great price.
    Just getting pictures.

    This one shows the bridge is . . . just look.
    Others on the net are not crooked.
    Anyone know why?

    hofner bridge.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2017
  2. Hofner's bridges are floating bridges, meaning they're only held down by string tension. Adjusting the bridge like this is one of the only ways to adjust the intonation on these. It's completely normal.
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  3. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    It's going to vary by bass, my son has a Jay Turser Beatle Bass, and correct intonation ended up with a nearly straight bridge, go figure. The method we used was to set the G string saddle to intonate correctly by measuring twice the distance from nut to 12th fret, and put a border of tape around that end of the bridge to mark it, then pivoted the bridge around the G string marked edge until the E string intonated. The A &D intonation will always be an approximation with a floating bridge, but we got very close with this approach. The "saddles" are just short sections of fret wire that can be moved to a different slot if necessary. We didn't need to move them, YMMV. Under string tension, you can make tiny adjustments by tapping on the bridge with a light hammer and wood dowel. Once you have it set, always change strings one at a time and mark the bridge location with some temporary tape borders, and you will be golden. Great bass! Love the Clubs, light and thumpy.
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  4. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    Once again - The old "string tension" trick!
    Sweetwater has a good rep... that explains it!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2017
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