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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass  

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With authentic details inspired by the original, the Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Bass makes the legendary violin bass available to the rest of us. Don't get the idea that this a just a "nowhere man... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

With authentic details inspired by the original, the Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Bass makes the legendary violin bass available to the rest of us. Don't get the idea that this a just a "nowhere man" look-alike. This quality instrument features a real spruce top and beautiful flamed maple back and sides. The semi-hollow body and set neck will give you the warm, round tone you expect from the violin bass.

Features
  • Authentic details inspired by the original
  • Spruce top
  • Flamed maple back and sides
  • Set neck of Maple/Beech/Maple
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 42mm nut
  • 30" scale
  • 22 frets
  • Dot inlay
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HofnerIgnition Series Vintage Violin Bass
 
4.3

(based on 198 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (133)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good feel (31)
  • Good tone (30)
  • Good pick up (23)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)

Best Uses

  • Recording (24)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Practicing (22)
  • Small venues (17)
  • Rock concerts (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (11), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

FUN LITTLE BASS!

Overall, this is a good little bass that is affordable, playable, and looks great! I own and play several Höfner intruments (mostly basses), and I also play in an acoustic...Read complete review

Overall, this is a good little bass that is affordable, playable, and looks great! I own and play several Höfner intruments (mostly basses), and I also play in an acoustic Beatles band. You obviously can't compare the Ignition / Icon series instrument with it's high-end German-made cousin...but there's no need to be a snob about it...this wonderful instrument just might fit your needs without breaking the bank.
You can essentially get the famed "Paul McCartney" Höfner bass at three price points: The most affordable would be this, the Ignition, which is constructed in Asia using Asian labor and parts and electronics (pickups, pots, jack). The next step up is the "Contemporary" series, which is more expensive, made in Asia using German-made electronics in a factory in China...owned and run directly by Höfner. You will notice right away that this series has the better pickups of the German-made bass...a big improvement over the Ignition's pickups. The high end is the expensive German-made violin bass...a true work of art!
I own all three levels of Höfner instruments, and each has it's purpose. I saved to purchase my German-made Höffy, but due to it's price tag, I don't care to take it to bar gigs outdoor shows where it might be exposed to the elements or get nicked. My main bass is the Contemporary (the 500/7 Verythin bass actually)...and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this instrument! With a set of better strings (I prefer flats) and a good setup by a luthier...this thing is playable and drop-dead gorgeous. I use my Ignition as my main practice bass and I take it to the occasional gig. Again, put better strings on it, and have it setup properly by a good luthier. Sometimes this series has issues with the electronics, so you might consider upgrading the pots and jack at some point. Over time, the white "pearloid" film on the plastic pickguard might come off...in which case, just remove the pickguard. If you're a huge Beatles fan, there are plenty of mods some owners do to make this bass look more like it's more expensive cousin...just check out Youtube and the web.
I really like this bass...right out of the box it was more than I expected, and came with a case! I had my luthier do some work on the frets, set the action to my preference, and put some nice flatwound strings on (TI Jazz flats my personal choice), and I took the white text off of the truss rod cover (I did so also w/ my Contemporary bass and guitar...takes away from the beauty of the headstock IMHO). If I have any issues with the electronics going forward, I'll upgrade them.
A great bass for the beginner, bass player on a budget, and Beatles fans!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Loved but Flawed

Well, for starters, I love this bass and the overall design. Can't put it down! I did, however, receive a bass with several manufacturing flaws that made it very frustrating. For...Read complete review

Well, for starters, I love this bass and the overall design. Can't put it down! I did, however, receive a bass with several manufacturing flaws that made it very frustrating. For the price I was not surprised, but I was still disappointed. On close inspection the binding work is very sloppy, with stain from the wood splashed over on parts. Also, I received a tailpiece that had the detail pieces soldered/welded on crooked and chromed over. And, worst of all, it came unplayable because there was a short at the cheap output jack. I will say, however, that I kept, fixed, and love mine and doubt I will ever part with it. To their credit; Guitar Center gave me a partial refund because I did not have the time to go through the return process. These are great instruments but, in terms of build quality, you get what you pay for!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Liking this a lot

By I don't have one

from Brattleboro VT

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light weight and deep tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

    I play in a small local classic rock cover band. The bass has a great "'60s" sound (Jamerson, McCartney, Duck Dunn). The light weight is a definite plus on long gigs.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I love this little bass

    By BitchOnTheAxe

    from Orlando, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Makes me smile when I play it

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • You can do any occassion with it

      Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

      I've had many a bass in my 58 years of playing and I've only kept what I feel are the best for my use, this is one of them. When I take this one out of the case and tune it, I get this warm feeling and it makes me smile it might be that my fingers start beating out "Day Tripper". I think most any bass player will agree this is a fun little bass.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Black Beatle bass

      By Terrence

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

      Always wanted one of these basses, now it is my go to bass.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great violin bass. I love it.

      By Emil

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

      Great Hofner violin bass recreation. Love it.just changed sorings to short scale flat wound and sounds great

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hofner Violin Bass

      By eke uno

      from Bisbee, AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

        Beat Poetry Band

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Avoid.

        By Patrik Tanner

        from Minneapolis, Minnesota

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

            Avoid this one. I ordered one and sent it back. Sent the second one back as well. A flaw in manufacturing makes this bass impossible to intonate. I went as far as having a new nut cut by Hoffman Guitars in Minneapolis. Didn't help. I have guitars and basses from the US, Japan, Korea and China, so I know what I can expect in terms of workmanship depending on where it's made. The intonation on the first 5 frets is so bad that it renders the bass useless. I wouldn't even call it a beginners instrument. Easily the worst instrument that I've bought in over 35 years. Again, save yourself some trouble, and avoid this one.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Don't bother gets one star because I can't click on zero!

            By mariabeatles

            from NY

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Only LOOKS like the one played by Paul McCartney

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • NO POWER! Minute drums play you won't hear this!
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • For display ONLY!!!!!

            Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

            Unfortunately this bass is not what I expected. This Hofner bass has no power in its pickups. I was told to go online (because no manual was packed with the bass-another problem!) where I watched a tutorial of someone demonstrating how to use the pickups on the bass. Even the demonstrator's bass had practically no volume! I don't know how anyone uses this bass without some sort of booster-but it's not for me!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            This is everything i expected. Very good bass

            By Bass man

            from Rochester ny

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

              This guitar plays like a dream. It's light, it looks great it's everything I expected for the price.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Love it!

              By Isabelle

              from Boston, MA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Neck Diving

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

                Great sound for the size and price. I love it. The only problem is the neck is too heavy for the body (or the body too light for the neck). I have attached a one pound weight to balance, but I am looking for a more elegant solution.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Much Better Than the Price Indicates

                By LPaul

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

                  Very close to the original, much better quality and sound than you would expect. I bought a second one just so I could pickle my original '65.

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