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Opinion: Upgrade Hofner Shorty Bass or buy 2nd hand Hohner B2A?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Eric_F, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Eric_F


    Feb 21, 2017
    Hi guys

    First post and hopefully many more :)

    I'm a guitarist of 30 years and have a lot of experience with 6 strings. I have a need to play bass but injuries require a light, short bass. This will be for reggae (dub)

    Question is: do I spend €£$300 on upgrading a Hofner Shorty bass or buy a 2nd hand Hohner B2A for around £250?

    Looking at Babicz FHZ 4 string bridge, Spertzel Trimlock tuners, EMG HB Steinberger pickup and Warwick Just a Nut III for the Hofner

    Any help would be very much appreciated (PP beers can be realized ;))

    Many thanks!

  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Have you played the Hofner?
  3. Eric_F


    Feb 21, 2017
    Hi, thank you for your reply

    No, I have not played the Hornet (no music shops in area (UK) but have played a B2 in '93 and it played lovely - I do not know sound wise whether it was any good
  4. Eric_F


    Feb 21, 2017
    Gorn.. classic!

    Incase you've not heard this (or a great reminder...)

  5. Eric_F


    Feb 21, 2017
    I was just browsing and *think* I've matched up the right stuff

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  6. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I have an original 28" scale Shorty and it is probably the least suited for reggae of any bass ever made.
    The pickup placement is all wrong for that kind of tone. Upgrades won't make a difference.

    Get another bass that has a pickup closer to the neck.

    Or look for something like a Kala Ubass or SUB. Even shorter scale, lighter weight and tons of low end.

  7. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    I'd want a bass with a neck pickup, for your budget I'd look at the Hofner Icon, maybe an upgraded pup too.
  8. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    +1 for the Kala. They are so much fun to play and sound huuuuge.
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