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It's Beatle bass time - any help greatly appreciated!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mr-mungo, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. mr-mungo


    Mar 14, 2008
  2. Pimpernel Smith

    Pimpernel Smith Supporting Member

    May 25, 2012
    In the Pond
    Neither one are Hofner instruments.

    Why not go to Thomann in Germany, on line, and order from them?

    You should be able to get an Ignition bass with a case for a good price.

    Throw on a set of Hofner flatwound strings, and you'll have a fine sounding, and playing instrument.

    Caveat emptor.
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  3. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I have not played those "brands" but they look very similar to these http://www.rondomusic.com/wvebblk.html Just branded differently. They are a excellent sounding and playing bass for the money I bought one for my daughter years ago and was so impressed I bought one myself mind you I have a '65 Hofner. Having said that if you can get the Hofner, if not one of these will do you just fine. Man years ago I washed dishes all summer to buy my first new bass. I wanted a EB3 and they talked me in to a new Gibson G3............................man was I dissapointed. LOL
  4. rollin$tone

    rollin$tone Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Definately go for the Hofner! In time you may want to sell and upgrade, and whatever more you spend up front, you will definately get more of it back on resale. Just my thoughts... but I am a Hofner diehard!
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've owned several different "Beatle Bass" brands (Rogue, Epiphone, Douglas, Brice, and Hofner) and IME/IMO, the Hofner Ignition/Icon is the best of the lot at a reasonable price.
  6. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    You might pay another 30% for a Höfner, but then you have the real deal (officially made in China :)) and won't have to explain to everyone why your xyz brand bass is as good as a Höfner.
  7. mr-mungo


    Mar 14, 2008
    I never thought an actual Hofner would be affordable. I'm not crazy on spending money on a name, to be honest, but I'll consider it. Thanks, guys
  8. boynamedsuse

    boynamedsuse Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    To be clear, the Höfners made in Germany are expensive. Höfner's mid-priced "Contemporary" series is much more reasonably priced, but will still cost you some money. The Höfner Icon series is very competitively priced and the quality and tone have been well received by members here at TB.
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  9. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
    I owned maybe half a dozen makes of violin bass and currently own 4 Hofner's but the best violin bass in my mind anyway is the Epiphone viola it has volume and tone knobs instead of the pesky Hofner switched and also has full size tuners and a zero fret
  10. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
    Oh more than a few folks in the know told me Hofner along with several other brands are made under one roof so much of what you are paying for is a name hold out for your best deal on a used one
  11. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I played a Epiphone Viola for years and I prefer the lighter small tuners and overall lighter weight and actual hollow violin construction of the of the Hofner Ignition/Icon compared to the thick rimmed Viola construction.

    While I prefer the VVT layout of the Epiphone, it doen't have the "Hofner" tone that I prefer, in fact none of the others I've owned have it which I attribute to their thick rim construction style. I've been thinking of changing my Hofner control layout to a VVT but I never use the bridge pickup on either..
  12. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
    Interesting observation of the Epi one thing I did remember was the Epi felt more substantial to hold.I got the Epi along with an Ashdown combo on the cheap, I middle lots of gear keeping what I like , I had the Ashdown and Epi a short time and it was mainly the amp I had issues with, another violin bass I had with the VVT knobs was by a company named Stadium, also owned Turser and Univox but the univox was the least Hofner like, I would tell the poster of this thread to shop around many companies make violin bass and 2 nd hand deals are good these days and if he must then hold out for the Hofner, it is a nice option and just seeing that name on the headstock might be worth the slight price bump especially in a trade up
  13. I would get the Shine. I beleive Shine makes Douglas
    for Rondo and Douglas's are pretty descent axes.

    I own a Rogue violin bass that is pretty descent. I also own
    a Douglas (335 copy) guitar. The Douglas was cheaper but
    it is of higher quality to me. I'd go Shine
  14. I'm getting the Hofner Ignition (it's called Ignition now, guys, not Icon) at some point soon. Yes, partly, it's because of the brand name but I also think none of the others have got the look quite right. The others seem to be too flared at the bottom end and the burst isn't quite as nice. I like the deep orange blasting out into pure black followed by the white/cream edging.

    And it's really affordable too. Only $350 depending on your location and whether you want a case or not. But, apparently it is advisable to get 'LaBella flatwound Beatle Bass strings' to get the best sound.

    Here's where I'm getting mine from:

    Do look into it.
  15. RonChase


    Aug 15, 2008
  16. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Aria made violin basses in the sixties. Several for sale for a reasonable price on eBay now.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Another vote for the Hofner Icon. They come closer then any of the other violin basses in replicating an authentic Hofner tone, in my experience of course.
  18. rollin$tone

    rollin$tone Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Get a Hofner, (whatever model that you can afford), and learn to play it...(believe me, they play differently than any other bass!), and when you can, upgrade to an actual vintage Hofner, and you will never want anything else! Believe me... I own (3) 1965's, (2) Beatle basses and a Club bass, a '68 Beatle, and a V62 Beatle reissue, and have owned (2) other Club reissues! These are the most phenomenal basses I have ever played! I mean, I have owned Alembic, Pedulla, Warwick, Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, and many, many more! But NOTHING compares to a Hofner! IMHO.
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  19. ScottTunes

    ScottTunes Gear-A-Holic Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2011
    So Cal
    First, if your intent is to buy a Beatle bass, there are only 2 models to choose from, and only Sir Paul played them (NOT The Beatles). Sorry for being fussy, but many companies have tried to ride The Beatles coat-tails into a profit. To be sure, ONLY the German made Hofners qualify - in more ways than one! There's the more common "v63" 500/1, and the "Cavern" model 500/1. Both are completely hollow, and very light weight, which are important to the sound.

    NO OTHER BRAND can claim Beatle Bass!!! And NO other model sounds like the German made Hofners! You can achieve the sound with the Hofner 500/2 Club bass.

    I've tried "most" of the supposed Beatle Bass models... So my claim isn't hollow... I have had 25 Hofners over the last 4 decades. Down to 3 "real" Hofners now... They are all VERY similar in sound. One 1962 Senator, a Club reissue, and a violin bass reissue. NO other brand sounds like these basses!!!

    If the sound is important, only the German made Hofner will GET it!!

    Good hunting!

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