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I Saw A Strange Hofner Today ----- (corrected)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SurferJoe46, Jan 23, 2012.


  1. It had a very odd alligator-like vinyl coated body that was bound with a piece of some sort of plastic where the two halves joined together.

    The neck was darned near non-tapered or it was tapered just a little bit.

    The tuners were very small.

    It was red.

    It was made in Germany.

    It was in a formed Hofner tweed case.

    Pictures soon as I can get them for you.

    Anyone ever seen one of these?
     
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    it's called a Hofner 185. i've seen and played quite a few of them. here's a pic of the bass that i think that you're referring to:

    bas11a.

    bas31a.
     
  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    another one, but not in red vinyl (and IMO, even cooler looking):

    [​IMG]
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    here's one with a white top/black back:

    bas6b.

    bas6c.


    and in it's original case:

    bas6e.
     
  5. One more thing that I remember is that the control panel looked more like this:::

    0.

    ...except it had four slide switches.

    ...since the center of the knobs was also missing like this example I found on Google Images.

    ...and the headstock was clear wood, not painted.
     
  6. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    If it had the 500/1 type control panel it would have been a Model 182 also known as Soloist Bass by the Selmer folks.

    Hofner often made minor changes to their instruments throughtout the 60's, so i'm not surprised that you mention the headstock was natural finished and not painted. I've never seen a Hofner control panel with 4 switches on a Hofner bass.

    TD
     
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    yep. if it had that type of control panel and a natural headstock, it was a 182:

    bas21a.

    bas21b.

    bas21c.

    bas21d.
     
  8. I may have to state that the control panel was a three-slide - I was more interested in the plastic coating shells - since that's what they looked like to me: shells.

    But yeah - that red one is it.

    Any idea of the value?

    Hey! That one's in Montana too! Whatchathunk dat?

    LINK:: Kirk Smith's Hofner Model 182 Bass Guitar
     
  9. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    You will notice that all the hardware is the same as on the 500/1. So this is kind of like the same relationship of the 182 to the 500/1 as the Rickenbacker 600 series to the 300 series guitars. Now, if only that bridge had usable intonation adjustments....
     
  10. Hi.

    AFAIK, not much.
    Compared to 500/1 that is.
    For what it is, ie. an entry level instrument, a lot.
    Matter of an opinion of course ;).

    A couple of years ago when I thought of letting mine (-67 IIRC) go, I did some digging and noticed that they were going for around $400.

    Quite surprising, as the late 60's vintage control panel at that time was ~ $300, the staple PU's ~$100/piece, the tuners ~$100. Go figure?

    It's adjustable enough, just slant it some.

    Regards
    Sam
     

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