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Thoughts on the Hofner Verythin??

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by meursault42, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Saw you were using one. Is it one of the new CTs?

  2. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Ooh. I somehow missed these until now. Pretty!! I’ve been wanting to get a Galaxie bass for a while now because they’re just kind of weird. And they come in green. :^)
  3. jbiscuti


    Dec 22, 2007
    NYC / LA
    Endorsing Artist: Grolsch Strap Locks
    I have been dying to try a Verythin!!
  4. :confused: Watsit?
    (BTW, not a very inspired name, Verythin. Are you kidding me? LOL)
  5. Dan Bozek

    Dan Bozek

    Aug 3, 2011
    Outside Pittsburgh, PA
    Endorsing Artist, D'addario Strings
    Look at the side view picture. The name appears to be VERY inspired!! He he he.
  6. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    No, mine's a '64.
  7. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    oh, righteous. fully hollow?
  8. Nice. I like it. Never seen or heard of it before.


    Jan 23, 2013
    Bartlett, IL
    The Höfner CT 500/7 Verythin isnt FULLY hollow...it does have a block in there to give some sustain.

    Word on the street is to go with Thomastic Infeld Jazz flatwound 32's...
  10. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Mine is a '64 or '65. I use it a lot now. Very special. Super delicate and finicky, but I use it about 80% much as my Starfire, Club, Eko, or Vox Cougar.
  11. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
  12. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    I feel like a '64/65 Verythin must be an exceptionally rare bird. I didn't even know that such a thing existed to be honest. Do you use the Pyramid flats on it?
  13. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    No, but mine has some old-ass super dead rounds I've never changed since I bought it quite a few years a go.
  14. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    old dead rounds are so awesome. wish there was a way to buy them that way. hmm, maybe i should post a classified. send me your "crappy" old rounds that you were planning to toss out...
  15. bottomend!


    Oct 23, 2007

    ...maybe this'll help>>>

    I have a short scale '60s Les Paul Recording bass (heaviest bass known to man in the known world FWIW) and I had just bought a set of tape wounds for it, but the store ( McCabes in Santa Monica) was out of the short scale size so I bought the long scale set.

    I got home to put 'em on and the freekin E breaks at the winding post immediately ($60 bucks btw...) so I scrounge around and find the forgotten short scale Kingston bass in the closet and grab the low E but it's a bright and shiny round wound and I need this thing strung up for an audition in an hour so I put on my thinking cap and... open the fridge.
    I grabbed some yogurt and smeared it into the string. That took off some of the top but it was still too bright then I ran my gooked up hand along the baseboard (BASS board?) and smear in some human remains of dead skin and the cat hair junk that collects in such places. Getting closer to the sound now but still not dead enough... Back in the fridge I pulled out the big hunk of pork shoulder I had just bought and cut off the outer flab/fat/skin piece and run it up and down the length of the string like a fine BBQ rub.
    The perfect dead E string sound was achieved with this very scientific convergence of inspiration, perspiration and desperation. I've had that same sting on there for a few years now and everyone always asks me why it looks different than the others... it's great seeing the look on their face when I tell them the reason!
  16. you should be able to get old strings on TB without a problem! :)
  17. lol! you should just keep taking this idea as far as you can. ask roscoe's chicken n waffles if you can store your E strings as a grease catcher under their fryers.
  18. brad houser

    brad houser

    Jan 4, 2008
    I took a set of DR bootzillas (heavy gauge) and boiled them in water mixed with a little Sriracha hot sauce for about 10 minutes. aged them nicely.
  19. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
    Sriracha, it's not just for breakfast anymore! :D