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    Default Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    Hi I have a HOFNER VIOLIN "BEATLE BASS" Replica and would like to replace the pickups does anyone have suggestions what a good pickup replacement would be thankyou so much

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    Default Re: Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    those basses look cool but it can be tricky to get one to sound great. what do the pups in there now look like?

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    Default Re: Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    AFAIK, noone makes a replacement pickup that will fit in those spots. I think it may be a custom job. You might want to call the custom shop.
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    I'd suggest contacting someone at www.hofner.com.

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    Default Re: Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    IMO a Hofner bass is a narrow-focus instrument, similar to Rickenbackers- they do one thing and they do it well. If you are wanting a different tone, I would sell/trade the Hofner and get what you want. Once again IMHO, it would be sacrilege to change the tone of a Hofner, but then again, I grew up when the Beatles first appeared, and I just fell in love with the look/sound of Hofner basses. Don't those basses also come with flatwound strings? Which may the reason you don't like the sound of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marvar View Post
    IMO a Hofner bass is a narrow-focus instrument, similar to Rickenbackers- they do one thing and they do it well. If you are wanting a different tone, I would sell/trade the Hofner and get what you want. Once again IMHO, it would be sacrilege to change the tone of a Hofner, but then again, I grew up when the Beatles first appeared, and I just fell in love with the look/sound of Hofner basses. Don't those basses also come with flatwound strings? Which may the reason you don't like the sound of it.
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    Default Re: Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    I suppose you could ask Gary at Northcoast Music:

    http://www.voxshowroom.com/northcoast/hofner/index.html

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    Default Re: Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    When I first started playing, I had always wanted a Beatle Bass. I remember talking about it with the guy who taught me- I wanted to get a Beatle Bass and play like the dude who played bass on Frank Zappa's "Valley Girl."

    "Uhh, dude, the Beatle Bass won't do that."

    Oh how true that is. The Hofner does what it wants to do, not what you want. If the two coincide, that's great. If not, maybe you should look for something different.

    A short scale, hollow bodied bass is not going to do a "traditional" Fender type sound.
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    Default Re: Hofner Violin "beatle Bass"

    I dig the looks of those bases. Paul Gilbert has a custom made Ibanez guitar in the same shape. It's white with the simulated F-holes. Freakin' cool lookin' guitar.

    If I was to get a bass, it would be a Fender Precision, no question. To me that is the bass sound of rock.

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