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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:56 am
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Also, you can't complain about the weight, either. I remember the first time I ever picked one up, I was afraid it was fragile, since there was nothing to it.


Yeah,....... this little guy is 4.4 pounds, but pretty damn sturdy, and well made. And no Neck Dive of Death either! Image

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:01 pm
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I think the short scale, and smaller headstock have something to do that.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:27 pm
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I think the short scale, and smaller headstock have something to do that.


On the 500/1 '64, they also saved some weight on the head, by doing away with the machine head strips that had the E, and A tuners, and the D, and G tuners attached on one strip each. Now all the tuners are separate. Also the 500/1 '64, is the thinner, lighter 3 piece neck.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 10:07 pm
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I guess they've gone back and forth with the tuners being like that. The interesting thing is they've always kept the guitar size tuners, instead of the bigger ones that you usually see on basses. I guess it's one of those traditions, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it kind of things. The funny thing is that the copies of them never seemed to have ever had those tuners on them, that I've noticed. There's a site that's about violin basses, and I didn't notice that with any of those in the pics. Pretty interesting site, if you like violin basses. http://www.violinbasses.com/index1.htm

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:09 am
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It's a bit of a PITA getting strings that have the tapered top wrapping ends that fit the standard guitar size pegs. But at least La Bella has strings that fit the Hofner. I'm getting to like La Bella Nylons for the Hofner. I just may try the long scale Nylons for the AC Jazz over the D'Addario ETB92 Nylons some day. I know their Flats are awesome as well. The gauge on the Nylons for the AC Jazz are the same as the D'Addario ETB92. .50, .65, .85, .105. Thats getting to be somewhat of a standard, with maybe the G string @ .45.
I'm going to checkout that site you posted here.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:42 pm
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I've never tried the LaBella strings, although they do sell them at AMS. They have the flats for Hofner basses there, which would fit my violin bass. I might try those out some day, as well. That gauge for the nylons is actually pretty light. The Rotosound ones are a lot thicker than that. It's a pretty cool site. I guess that violin bass is one of the most copied basses, besides Precisions and Jazzes.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:11 pm
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I'm very tempted to try a set of La Bella 750N Nylons for the AC Jazz. I'm very impressed with the tones, and playability I getting from the La Bella 760NHBB's on the Hofner. Maybe use one string company if possible. D'Addario doesn't want to manufacture Beatle Bass style strings that fit on the winding pegs on the Hofners.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:43 am
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Do you think you'll might try them?

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:34 pm
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I just might. The only thing slowing me down on trying the La Bella 750N Nylons, the D'Addario ETB92's are fine. There is nothing wrong with them. Another drawback at this time, with stringing the strings through the body with Nylons, at the saddles, the outer Nylon usually cracks at the bending point where the ball end of the string starts to go toward the body. I might just order a pack of the La Bella 750N's to have on hand for the day I get a wild hair to change them out.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:56 pm
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Oh, so the AC is a string trough body design, then? I can see why that would cause an issue.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:20 pm
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Oh, so the AC is a string trough body design, then? I can see why that would cause an issue.


The AC Jazz is optional like the Am. Std., and the Am. Pro. are, straight through above, or through the body. The AC Jazz uses the same High-Mass bridge as the Am. Std., and the Am. Pro. does. ImageImage

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:20 am
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I'd probably just use it through the bridge, if I had one, I don't know. I guess experiment with it, and see what works better.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:44 pm
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Once you set Nylons in through the body, You're pretty much set for that, at least with Nylons.

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:35 am
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You like that setup better than going though the bridge?

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Post subject: Re: Hofner '64 Violin Bass
Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:08 am
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You like that setup better than going though the bridge?


Honestly, I've never run strings on top straight through with the Fender High-Mass bridge. I have had strings on top with the Fender High-Mass copy of the BA Bridges. But that was the only way they string. They sound ok with the same D'Addario ETB92 Nylons.

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