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Round wound strings on a Hofner?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by MagnificentB, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. MagnificentB


    Nov 5, 2012
    Bucks, PA
    I know I will most likely get some heat about the question I am about to pose, but please be gentle:

    I have a Hofner CT Club I recently purchased used from a fellow TBer and the bass came with flatwound strings. I have a '77 P, a Ric 4001 and both are strung with flatwounds, so I'm no stranger to them, but I find that with the Hofner, they're just a bit too thumpy for my taste, and importantly, the style of music my band plays. I absolutely LOVE playing this bass, and I would make it my main bass if I could get a somewhat brighter, more sustained sound.

    What strings would you recommend to brighten up the sound a bit (and I'll assume they will need to be round wounds). Please indicate brand, gauge and scale...Thanks!
  2. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    All the new Hofners come with roundwounds. Try halfwound strings. They're somewhere in between.
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  4. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Nope! These are the smoothest strings around, and brighter than flats, or the black tapes, and they're made for the Hofner so they've got the small ball ends and skinner tuner ends.

    Labella white tapes. https://www.bassstringsonline.com/L...Hofner-Beatle-Bass--4-String-Set-_p_1531.html
  5. MagnificentB


    Nov 5, 2012
    Bucks, PA
  6. MagnificentB


    Nov 5, 2012
    Bucks, PA
  7. I've played Hofners for over 40 years. One of the greatest things I've found is the fabulous Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Round wound strings, short scale.
  8. nshuman


    Sep 4, 2012
    Montreal, Qc, Canada
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Yeah, they do require medium scale strings like other short scale basses with a floating bridge design unless it's a company like TI that has short scale strings that cover up to 32 inch scale.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I used to have rounds on my Jay Turser violin bass and I loved it. Does make it more versatile.
  10. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    I have DAddario XLs on my 500/1 CT, and they're terrific.
  11. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    I had a Hofner Club for a while. Medium Scale D'Addario rounds sounded fine on it.
  12. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    La Bella has Deep Talkin Rounds made specifically for the Hofners
  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Round wound strings on a Hofner?


    Why not?
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I almost threw up in my mouth when I saw that thread title :) sweet goodness there is a rule that they must be strung with flats it will void the warranty if you use rounds.
  15. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic

    On my Club, I've kept the flats on. To get a brighter tone, I run both pickups full on with treble and bass switches off, and boost the mids on my amp between 2k and 4k. Seems safer that stringing up with rounds and possibly causing structural problems.
  16. MagnificentB


    Nov 5, 2012
    Bucks, PA
    NOT this.

    Hofner CT Clubs COME FROM THE FACTORY with ROUND WOUND strings (look it up on Hofner's website if you don't believe me), therefore, there is no voiding the warranty, no structural problems, or any other silliness.

    I'm not asking permission or for anyone's opinion about WHETHER I should put round wound strings on MY BASS. If you read my post and have something constructive to contribute, great, if not, move along, there's nothing to see here.

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  17. Preferences are neither right, nor wrong.
    It's a choice you can make. Hofner actually sells Round wound strings under their Hofner brand, which are made by Pyramid. They also sell aftermarket round wound Contemporary strings like they ones they put on the Ignition and CT models.
    Obviously, the round wounds are much less expensive, which is why they put them on the price sensitive Ignition and CT models. The more expensive German made basses are fitted with the classic Hofner/ Pyramid flats.

    I can understand that it seems like high heresy to put round wounds on a Hofner.

    It took me 40 years to try it. The correct round wounds on a Hofner can sound great - not the same as the Pyramid or T-I flats, but great in their own right. Several other well experienced Hofner owners have found this to be beneficial.
    My strongest preference is for Pyramid flats, but the T-I Rounds are whole new adventure in wonderful sound.
  18. MagnificentB


    Nov 5, 2012
    Bucks, PA
    I tried TI flats on my Ric 4001v63, and I didn't care for the low tension, so I switched back to Chromes.

    I ended up putting D'Addario half-rounds on the Hofner, and I like the results. I get a bit more sustain, a bit less thump. If I roll the volume off somewhat on the bridge pickup, it warms up the sound and adds back in some of the thump, so half-rounds might be the best of both worlds.
  19. DionClassic

    DionClassic Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2012

    Have you ever tried the half rounds on the ric? I think its a perfect match IME.
  20. MagnificentB


    Nov 5, 2012
    Bucks, PA
    Great idea! At this rate, I'm gonna blow my retirement funds on bass strings...