Hofner Ignition, strange noise

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Cyril Bitton, Sep 9, 2020.

  1. Cyril Bitton

    Cyril Bitton

    Sep 9, 2020
    Hello, i just get 2 days ago my first Hofner Bass, it's the ignition. Love it but is it normal to have that? I checked the intonation, it's ok, i ordered some flat wound strings that i will get in few days ( now the bass have round ones, installed by the previous owner), maybe the bridge is little high but i don't understand why i have that noise. It's like it comes from the tailpiece or the bridge...
    Does anybody knows how to fix it?
    Thanks a lot

  2. Greetings Cyril:

    It would be helpful if you told us, or showed us, what you are doing with your left hand, regarding what notes you are playing and where. No, it's not normal to have that kind of buzzing.

    Once you get your correct flat wound strings you need to do a set up.

    This is the basic set up for a Hofner bass:
    On your G string, the distance from the nut to the saddle on the bridge should be 30 inches. You can move the bridge back and forth to achieve this. The action of the strings, to start, would be 3 mm at the 12th fret for the E string, and about 2 or 2.3 mm for the G string. The action is measured from the top of the 12 fret to the bottom of the string above it. By turning the knurled chromed wheels on the bridge you raise or lower the height of the bridge to get the height of the strings to be where you want them.
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  3. Cyril Bitton

    Cyril Bitton

    Sep 9, 2020
    Hello, thanks for your reply. i have the same noise when i fret any strings and at any positions. Well you're
    right, i will wait for my new strings, and see if i have that noise after a proper setup