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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BurnOut, Apr 20, 2017.
Höfner Introduces Gold Label Series Violin Basses notreble link.
So they doing the Clubs too? Might be in for something like that.
The green one looks sweet.
An outstanding effort at displaying poor taste?
Taste the Hofner rainbow
Well that's... Interesting?
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.
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!".
Hofner Igntion Club LTD Electric Bass Guitar
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.
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?
I see the pink one for an all girl metal band: The Barbie Dolls of Death?
I really don't hate them.
Hey, guess which one I like.
... not in a million... make that 100 million... years.
Yes. I wanted to jump up a notch to a CT, but black and burst just didn't tempt me.
Heck, they might even graduate high school, become women, and start playing Heavy Metal
Not necessarily opposed to odd colors, but for the $$ I'd be more tempted to something like this:
black or red
green or pink
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.