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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... Read More

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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" 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.

  • 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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The Hofner Icon Bass Delivers!

I ordered the bass online so I didn't actually see or touch it until it was delivered. I was relieved and overwhelmingly impressed with the quality of the workmanship and overall appearance of the...Read complete review

I ordered the bass online so I didn't actually see or touch it until it was delivered. I was relieved and overwhelmingly impressed with the quality of the workmanship and overall appearance of the bass especially considering the very low price. It's been over a month now since it was delivered and it remains my favorite for stage performing. I'm very happy with my purchase and recommend the Hofner Icon Bass.


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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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By Christian Pace

from Long Island, New York

I had this bass for maybe 4 months and I got rid of it as soon as possible. It was fun to play, but the amount of maintenance I had to go through was unbearable.

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from Elgin, IL.

I was a little worried from past reviews about having to do some minor repairs to tweak this bass to its potential. To my pleasant surprise,a quick tuning a it was ready to go!!! I was also glad to see that the most recent version of this bass comes with a hard-shell case(not the best, but it works...) The short-scale of this bass makes it great for guitar players like me to have some fun channeling my inner "Macca". The only thing that I would want to see on this bass are flat-wound strings, but hey, that's just a player preference!

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Would not hold its tune for even 30 minutes.


from Houston, TX

This bass did not cut it for me. The most important thing in any guitar is that it tune up and hold its tune. This bass fails in that. I had a hard time tuning it to begin with, I think that's because the lightweight construction allows the bass to flex as you tighten the strings. So every string you tune knocks the other ones out. Once I finally got it tuned perfectly I could hear it sliding out of tune right away, within 15 minutes. Over a single set of songs or a one hour rehearsal it would slide out so far that it was sounding horrible. Unfortunately it's difficult to tune fast so it was hard for me to retune between songs. I returned it for a refund. As expected for this bass, its intonation is also not great even when it is tuned up. As you play further up the neck you will get a variety of variable tunings. The tech at Guitar Center educated me that adjusting the neck so that the strings don't have to be pressed down so far to make contact with the frets may help that problem. That makes sense since the more you deflect the string when fretting the more it's going to stretch. All that aside, this bass is awesome fun. It just looks fantastic: retro, nostalgic, and yet somehow still hi-tech and cool. Other than McCartney this bass hasn't been seen that much (perhaps because it's not a great bass) so it's not overexposed. It's also light on the back, neck, and shoulders, easy to play, and way fun to play. Guitar Center also has the German made Hofner available at $2500 (you really have to wonder about that, it'll take a lot of $50 gigs to pay that one off). Guitar Center also has an $800 model of the Hofner bass...that one might be worth checking out but they don't have any at stores near me.

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By Sean McMillion

from North olmsted Ohio

i just went to my local guitar center and bought the icon 2 days ago and along with labella flats this bass sounds amazing and no fret buzz. also an amazing mellow sound you get out of this bass. my poinion is that this bass is for more beginner towards intermediate players. s!ck.

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Better than expected!

By Carter Drain

from Griffentowne, Narnia.

So, I went into guitar center the other day and I came across this bass. In my 4 years of bass playing I'd never actually played a violin bass and my fellow bass players never gave this bass much credit, so I decided to humor it. When I sat down with it I was surprised by how great the neck feels on this bass! I understand why most bass players don't like it because the average bass player is usually fairly tall, and I barely break 5'10, so this bass feels perfect with me. Aside from bass playing I play lead guitar and the thin short scale neck makes bass playing so much more comfortable and inspiring. Aside from the comfort of the bass, the pickups sounded really good actually and the switching gives you more than enough tonal options. Don't let people confuse you, if you're a smaller bass player looking for a great sounding/looking/playing bass that fits you, then this bass is a must and I'll definitely be buying one soon!

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By vicente Padilla

from richmond, CA

I bought this bass in 2010. they did not have it at my local guitar center so i ordered it from, there. I picked it up about three days later and went home to play it. I was extremely impressed. It was very light so it didn't hurt my neck like modern basses. It is also much shorter than fender basses so I find it easier to move around on. One year after I bought it my jack plate was loose and my chord continued to fall out. I took it to guitar center and they said that, that part was made cheap so they replaced it with one that works better. There is also some buzzing on the lower chords and it does kind of sound like a really low guitar but overall it is a very good buy and a very good bass

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Great For The Price

By Frank Murray

from Germantown, MD.

I have a 1971 Hofner Beatle Bass that I use in a Beatles Tribute band. I was looking for something that I could practice with at home, so I could leave my old Hofner where we rehearse. I saw the Icon Bass on a stand at GC and wound up messing with it for almost an hour. While it is not the same quality as my Hofner, it was very comfortable and sounded great when plugged in. If your looking for the McCartney sound and you're on a budget, the Hofner Icon Bass is a good option.

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great tone, but needs a quick setup

By Jon S

from Wauwatosa, WI

i received my hofner bass about 3 weeks ago. i bought it online, so hadn't gotten a chance to play it in person, so was hoping that it would sound/look/feel good in person. so far after 3 weeks, 6 hours worth of live performances, and several hours of practice, this bass has not disappointed. i love the deep, rich tone you get from the semi-hollow body, and the resonance is unlike any other bass i've played. the only problem i had with it initially was that it didn't come properly setup from the factory (no surprise really). when i first took it out of the box, i was getting incredibly loud/annoying string buzz, and the bass would go out of tune in the upper registers. no big deal, just adjusted the string height and slid the floating bridge a bit closer to the pickups, and everything's golden now. took all of 30-45 minutes to fine tune everything. if you're unsure how to do any of this, you can find guides online, or take it to a local shop and pay someone to do it for you, but it's so simple and worthwhile, you should just learn to do it for yourself. the only thing i might change now is the strings. the standard strings are a bit metallic and twangy at times, but once again, can't really complain too much about the standard strings from the factory. overall, im very happy with my new hofner and love all the compliments i get on its looks and sound

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Great Bass!

By Allyson Carney

from Modesto, CA

Ok, well I'm not really the person to go to when you want to know something about basses. I know almost nothing. But playing the bass was something that I've been interested in for a long time. A string instrument that is different from the violin I've been playing for about 9 years now. I do know a thing or two about The Beatles, though, and I've always loved the look of Paul's Hofner (maybe it's because of the violin-shape). I got this for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I love it! It's fairly easy to play, but I'm still learning. The strings do need to be replaced. I made the mistake of losing the box of strings that I bought when I picked up the bass, so I wasn't able to replace them myself and no one was currently available to replace them in the store. I will return to make sure that the strings make it on to my bass so that I won't lose them. Anyway, I was dead set on the CT series Hofner, but changed to the Icon when I read the comments (and it was a LOT cheaper). Even with the original strings, it sounds great, and I would definitely say that it is a good quality bass. Very light, so it's not too heavy. I still need to find a good case for it. But overall, a great buy!

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Awesome Bass

By Eric

from Pickerington, Ohio

This bass is really awesome. From the moment I saw it, i knew I had to have it. The sound is pretty good. The only problem with mine is that the 1 fret on the E and A strings are really weird sounding. I still have the strings that came with it on the instrument. I would advise getting another set of strings. Ask about this ahead of time though. Overall good quality. Worthy for any playing level.

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