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Look what I acquired...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SpiralStatic, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. hey all.

    well i just got a bit of a surprise.

    my uncle found this old Bass in his attic. it was given to him by my great Grandad when he was about my age, (17) when he played Bass...now he dosnt play, so he gave it to me :D

    it was given to my great Grandad by a member of his Jazz band at least 40 years ago... but i dont know much else about it, other than its a Hofner.

    i was REALLY surprised about how well it plays and how good it sounds :bassist:

    (sorry about bad picture quality)

    does anybody here have one, of have any idea when its from?

  2. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    I can offer no insight about the age, but it looks like a great little bass, and the condition is exceptional!
  3. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Selmer Catalogue No. 530 Blonde & 531 Brunette. Same headstock (plastic Treble Clef facia) and body as Senator, but with cutaway and with 2.5" body depth. (Very last examples - 2" depth) Rectangular Hofner control consul. (Very last examples had separate rotary volume & tone controls) 21 Frets. Sold by Selmer between about 1960 and 1963, when it was replaced by the Senator Bass.

    1960 HOFNER ELECTRIC BASS (500/3)
    Blonde and fully original. Check out the single "toaster" pickup and the Selmer inscribed Treble Clef headstock fascia. Now owned by Mike Kennedy of Pennsylvania, USA.

    1960 HOFNER ELECTRIC BASS (500/3)
    A brunette in lovely original condition. This particular guitar is to be auctioned as part of BBC TV's "Flog-It" programme. Photographs supplied by Geoff Phillips of Durham, England.

    c1961 HOFNER ELECTRIC BASS (500/3)
    Another fully original blonde example, courtesy of Music Ground, Leeds, England.

    1962/63 HOFNER ELECTRIC BASS (500/3)
    Really a transition guitar between the 500/3 and the Senator Bass. This one has the two rotary controls and the 2" deep body, but still retains the 21 fret fingerboard and treble clef headstock. It must have been produced just before Selmer decided to change the model name. Owned by Rolf Startin of Dorset, England.

    The headstock and pickup look different, but this is the only model with that body shape.
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Woops, check out this
  5. wow, that was fast!

    thanks alot man.

    its a Hofner Senator then :)
  6. oh, and it came with the origonal case.
  7. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Oh, man, what a treasure! I recently got into the whole Hofner/short-scale/hollowbody thing, so that bass looks simply delicious.

    I hope you get to enjoy it!

    I don't know how much those are worth but they seem pretty rare and '60s Hofner have picked up a lot of value (in the $4000 range).
  8. beadgc


    Oct 10, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Congrats. That's a very cool bass. I've always kept my eye out for one, but never come across one for sale, and I don't think they've done a reissue. I think it's a better body shape than either the Beatle Bass or the Clubman, which are all over the place.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    WOW that is Awesome ! Be Gentle with it , send it to a good Tech who has expirence with Hofners to check it out. Congrats you are one luck guy. :) :bassist:
  10. wow, really?

    crazy stuff.

    it felt great knowing that i was the first person in almost 30 years to play (or even touch) it :D

    im sure I'll enjoy it, and i'll never sell it, it means alot to me :smug:
  11. i certainly will!

    what do you mean, "check it out"?

    thanks man :)
  12. lefty007


    Jan 19, 2004
    Miami, FL
    For what Ihave read, older Hofners are prone to develop a crack at the neck heel and consequently you have to "reset" the neck, as they call it. A pretty common repair in all older hollowbody basses.

    Check the strings and make sure they are not high tension. If so, replace them with low tension flat strings.

    I'm not an expert, but i have done a lot of reading about Hofner lately. :smug:
  13. aah ok, got ya.

    yeah, i noticed that the neck heel looks pretty fragile, so i'll take your advice, thanks loads mate.
  14. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    What a cool story; I'm really happy for you.
    Having an instrument that connects you to your family history is priceless.
    While you play it, imagine that your great grandad can hear you.
    Call me crazy but I think instruments can work this way.

    I hope that someday, when I'm long gone, my instruments will be enjoyed by my family in the same manner.
    ...and I'll be listening!:D


  15. :)
  16. Congratulations. Wonderful story and a very special bass.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Give it a Set up and restring prevent it from developing any problems, that instrument is an investment even if you did get it for free. :)
  18. That is a stellar piece of history you've got there. Congrats!
  19. That's awesome! The same thing happened to me once, except it was a trombone. :eyebrow:
    I recommend TI Jazz Flats--they sound good, last long and have low tension.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    They might be to heavy for a hofner, pyramid golds are awesome and the Hofner strings are good as well.