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Repairing a 1960's Hofner 182 bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by SpeedCookie, Oct 14, 2019.


  1. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    Hi all :bassist:, so i've just bought this crusty (pics!) Hofner model 182 bass from the mid 60's, mostly original (only the tuners have been replaced), and it still has the factory "vinyl" paint / texture.
    Thing is, as you can see from the pictures, the whole binding around the guitar is missing, and the paint/coating has cracked and is peeling everywhere.
    Which means i have to refinish the guitar, do you have any advice on how / what color should i paint it, and if it is worth my time and effort to put new white binding or is it useless and completely fill the groove with wood filler, sand it and paint over it?
    Other than that, it's in relatively good shape for a 60ish yo bass, neck is still straight and the writing on the control plate is still visible.

    Pics:
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  2. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Is that a vinly covering? If so, it was probably just a white vinyl “binding” strip held on with contact cement, shouldn’t be too hard to repair yourself. Cool old bass just for the name and look, but I wouldn’t sink a lot of money into it, kind of a budget model to begin with.
     
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  3. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    Update: I've started cleaning the bass and the vinyl layer peeled right off! (pics), the wood underneath is surprisingly clean.
    I'm gonna start by cleaning the electronics and see if the pickups work properly.
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  4. hotbass57

    hotbass57

    Nov 27, 2011
    Fairfield,Ohio
    I can't wait to see where this goes. Very cool bass.
     
  5. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Any idea what the body wood is?
     
  6. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    From the pictures, I think maybe it's supposed to be strung with the strings running ever the tuners? - the bend in the E string at the nut looks pretty severe. but yeah, clean it up, I think it'll be cool - never seen one of those. Is that body mdf encased in plastic or something?
     
  7. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    Yeah the tuners have been replaced and the original ones were much smaller, the E string still wasn't straight tho (pic below is from a 182 copy)
    Edit : idk why the strings are mounted backwards but it's the only good pic I could find.

    And I have no idea what wood is the body made out of I'm going to research that.

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    Last edited: Oct 18, 2019
  8. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
  9. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Somebody played it lefty. Did they file the nut slots for that string order?
     
  10. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    I don't know, it's a pic I found on the Internet :)
     
  11. Gilmourisgod

    Gilmourisgod

    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Hah! Sorry, I thought it was yours. Looking close, you can see they cracked the nut cramming the E string into the G nut slot. Amateur surgery.
     
  12. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    Update: okay so i've started working on the electronics, i tried plugging it in and both pickups give a very very low output, i measured the resistance for both pickups and it's crazy high like around 300k ohms.
    Tomorrow i'm gonna try to open both humbuckers and resolder every wire.
    If you have any idea on what else could cause this on a humbucker, your help is welcome :)
     
  13. micguy

    micguy

    May 17, 2011
    300K means something is broken - the wire is not continuous, and if you're lucky, it's a lead wire. If it's in the bobbin, it's a rewind, which might not be cheap.
     
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  14. SpeedCookie

    SpeedCookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    Okay so I opened both pickups and none of the 4 coils give me any continuity :/
    I'm gonna call my local luthier see what he would charge for a rewind, and if its over my budget I'll order some Chinese hofner pickup copies from amazon (around 15$) and swap the coils.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2019

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