NBD! Wunderbar Hoyer London Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pauly 4001, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. View attachment 3884928 9BDE6A45-7BA5-423B-A7CB-211A07A005D0.jpeg D0998E21-0CD5-4484-AA2A-9BFA2411E410.jpeg 0D7D7155-B70F-4E34-8688-D16981E7CA61.jpeg Please Welcome my NBD Hoyer London Bass.
    I just got home with it and will have to clean it up and restring it. From what I’ve seen online about these there are several variations over time so I’m not sure if my tailpiece is stock or not. I think it is and that there was a chrome cover for it.
    There is a headstock mend that looks well done and overall condition is pretty good.
    I’ve only confirmed that the pickup and electronics work through headphones and a Zoom BFX-708 for a parking lot audition.
    Got to go see what I’ve got so Auf Wiedersehen! FAE054DA-9EFC-4291-B821-DFEEFCDB9B7E.jpeg

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  2. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I really like this take on a violin bass. Should be a unique tone with the placement of the single pickup. Congrats!
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  3. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    24 frets, noice!
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  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    The actual name given to this bass by Hoyer is Model 43 AKA: London Bass. I've seen 3 different versions of this bass over the years. The first production runs of the included f-holes in the body with a stop tailpiece and fixed bridge as the bass the OP's above. The later runs saw the addition of a chrome cover over the fixed bridge and the stop tailpiece as well as the fixed bridge and stop tailpiece replaced with a floating bridge and a trapeze (Hofner style) tailpiece. The factory offered the Model 43 in a both a single p/u and dual p/u configurations but the single p/u version seems to far more common than the dual version.

    The later production runs of the Model 43 eliminated the f-holes in the body.

    Very cool basses great for vintage thump.

  5. Congrats on your "new" bass. May it serve you well.

    I'm a big fan of the old Hoyers and have owned many of their guitars and basses over the years. Never a disappointment there.

    Play it in good health and enjoy!
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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Sweet find, this is awesome. Enjoy the heck outta that!
    Our feet are stained!
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  7. except for the fact that the 24th fret is loose on the treble side and needs a re glue so there’s a couple dead notes at the top of the “g” string at the moment.
    It seems really well built and deluxe with the inlaid headstock and the pickup seems really hot and bright.
    I couldn’t resist for $300 and a lovely 45 minute drive each way on a Sunday afternoon.
    Set neck, hand carved German made early or mid 60s with exotic sound holes: I’d be haunted for ever if I didn’t try.
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  8. MaryMary


    Jan 12, 2020
    Planet Earth
    Just learned about these old basses. They are so cool!
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  9. I've been playing this beauty and I've got to say that pickup is so bright and articulate that it it out-rickys a Rickenbacker with whatever these old round wounds are that it came with. It does feed back at moderate volumes but I am sitting right in front of the speaker at the moment and am not sure if the pickup might be a little microphonic or the hollow body is to blame.
    The switch that originally attenuated volume is bypassed and I still need to glue a fret or two but I'm really impressed with the tone and playability. The action is great and the feel is slinky with the scale length.
    Were these pickups used anywhere else? Did Hoyer design and manufacture them?
    It would be nice to do something about the missing spots of finish on the back of the neck which I presume is nitrocellulose and I wonder if the tuners and tailpiece can be polished up but it's fine as is.
    Definitely a keeper. :hyper:
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  10. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I never heard this one before. Is it a take on auf Wiedersehen?
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  11. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I learned it in school. Well, I learned it at school. My 8th grade German teacher's joke. He said that's how you know it's time to move on.
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  12. Fender1980


    Aug 11, 2010
    I think it's a Bill Lawrence designed pickup.
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  13. The bass must've been made in 1966 in Germany. Was Bill Lawrence doing work for Hoyer?
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  14. Fender1980


    Aug 11, 2010
    The Bill Lawrence website has a catalogue from his first pickup company from 1966. There's a photo of that pickup on the link.

    Bill Lawrence Website
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  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    DUDE!!! That is possibly THE coolest thing I have ever seen! I'd bet money that bridge is stock, too. I don't know if you should attempt to clean it up or not, though. You don't see tuners lose their shine that good anymore :D Light wiping with a dry piece of cloth and a light shot of Lysol to kill all the previous owner's skeevy finger goop on it is about all I'd do to it.
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  16. That's the pickup alright. As I said months ago the pickup is surprisingly lively, articulate and full bodied. It's like playing a classical guitar with fresh strings that's voiced an octave lower.
    Still have not glued that top fret yet.
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  17. Actually, I did sort of clean it up a while ago and the chrome did clean up nicely:
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  18. MaryMary


    Jan 12, 2020
    Planet Earth
    What does the neck feel like? Is it thick front to back, or thin? What a cool bass.
  19. The neck is kind of a deep C shape but not thick or chunky.
    The frets are tiny and the ebony fretboard is a little dried out so there’s a couple frets that could do with a little work but it plays beautifully and that pickup is really articulate and full range.
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  20. MaryMary


    Jan 12, 2020
    Planet Earth
    Thank you!
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