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Would someone like to explain this?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BurnOut, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
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  2. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
  3. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    So they doing the Clubs too? Might be in for something like that.
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  4. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    The green one looks sweet.
  5. Cropduster


    Jan 22, 2017
    An outstanding effort at displaying poor taste?
  6. ispunk

    ispunk Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2010
    Taste the Hofner rainbow
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  7. Ophiothrix

    Ophiothrix Supporting Member

    Aug 4, 2016
    Well that's... Interesting? o_O

    Honestly that's not entirely sarcastic. I must admit I've never been much of a fan of the classic Hofner shape in general, but seeing the old-fashioned styling mixed up with those colours is... Well, it's interesting.

    I bet the red and the black could even look pretty classy isolated from the rainbow group shot.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I bet sales will go through the roof, and the get off my lawn crowd will have yet another reason to yell "Get off my lawn!".
  9. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
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  10. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    50 years from now I bet those things will be worth something :).

    One has to wonder why they'd do such a thing on their higher priced models, and not on the icon. At a few hundred bucks I could imagine them selling a handful. At $3000, not so sure.
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  11. Ophiothrix

    Ophiothrix Supporting Member

    Aug 4, 2016
    Oh wow. I didn't follow the link and just assumed Hofner were experimenting with some cheap n' cheerful basic models.

    I'm really curious as to what the expected target market for a $3000 Hofner finished in a bright primary colour is?
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  12. Boristhespyder

    Boristhespyder Supporting Member

    I see the pink one for an all girl metal band: The Barbie Dolls of Death?
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  13. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Alien Audio / Mesa Fanatic!! Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I really don't hate them.
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  14. Chicory Blue

    Chicory Blue

    Oct 9, 2016
    Hey, guess which one I like.

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  15. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    ... not in a million... make that 100 million... years.
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  16. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    Yes. I wanted to jump up a notch to a CT, but black and burst just didn't tempt me.
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  17. Heck, they might even graduate high school, become women, and start playing Heavy Metal :smug:
  18. mikeyjm2

    mikeyjm2 Keepin' it simple.

    Dec 31, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Not necessarily opposed to odd colors, but for the $$ I'd be more tempted to something like this:

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  19. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    black or red :thumbsup:
    blue possibly
    yellow maybe
    green or pink :rollno:

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  20. fermata


    Nov 10, 2015
    Disclaimer: I love my Hofner CT to bits. It's all I play. In my view, Hofner got a lot right with their basses: I find them among the most playable and righteous sounding basses I've ever experienced, a critical combination. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to improve upon!

    So I'm all for updating the Hofner violin bass, but starting with color is silly. How about an adjustable bridge? Or a useful control panel? (I've rewired mine, and I have a wide palette of tones available now.) Or how about moving the bridge pickup an inch or so north? (I moved mine about a 1/2 inch, as far as I could without exposing any holes, and it's fatter sounding and more useful.)

    According to Hofner, the new colors are “intended to appeal to a new generation of bass players who appreciate the qualities of the Höfner bass but would like it in anything except sunburst.” But several aspects of the design are totally stuck in the 50s/60s (and not in a good way) and could use an update--I would think that would appeal even more to a new generation of players.

    It bugs me when a manufacturer creates something that (justifiably) becomes iconic and decades later refuses to make any changes. Hofner headed in the right direction with the 'Contemporary' models...but just shipping them with roundwounds doesn't quite earn the label. How about a 'Classic' built to 60s specs, and a 'Contemporary' with the changes I suggested above? And yes, colors, too!

    It's as if Ford were still making Model Ts for auto enthusiasts who say "Henry got it right the first time." And then to modernize it, Ford offers Model Ts in a rainbow of colors, but it's still a crank-start car. (So yes, part of the blame lies with the consumer. Also, Hofner is not the only company who tends to look back more often than forward.)

    All that to say: It's annoying when nostalgia prevents a good product from becoming great.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017