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Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar

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The Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar is lightweight and easy to love. It features set-neck construction and a full 25.5" scale. The body is made of flamed maple back & sides with a sw... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar is lightweight and easy to love. It features set-neck construction and a full 25.5" scale. The body is made of flamed maple back & sides with a sweet sounding spruce top. Loud enough for acoustic practice, it really shines when plugged in thanks to two mini humbuckers. Hardware includes a floating rosewood bridge with tune-o-matic top for perfect intonation and vintage style tuning machines. Case sold separately.

FEATURES

  • Ultra-light hollowbody design
  • Set neck construction
  • Spruce top
  • Flamed-maple back & sides
  • Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and original Hofner Mother-of-pearl “Stripe” inlays
  • Bound body, fretboard and headstock
  • 1-11/16” nut width
  • 25.5” scale length
  • Vintage machine with pearl buttons
  • 2 mini humbucking pickups
  • Individual pickup volume controls
  • Master tone and 3-way toggle selector
  • Rosewood floating bridge with tune-o-matic metal top for sustain, tone and adjustable intonation
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HofnerIgnition Series Violin Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Good feel (24)
  • Good pick up (23)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (21)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (9), Novice (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Reviewed by 31 customers

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hofner Ignition 6 String Guitar

By Big Dave/Jazz Guy

from Richmond,Va

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Beautiful Wood
  • Cool Looking
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light Weight
  • Perfect Finish
  • Solid Electronics
  • Very Stylish

Cons

  • Also Comes In Red, Guitar Center Only has Black
  • Also Has Sunburst, No RED
  • No Case or Gig Bag Available
  • Tuners Are Suspect and Unstable

Best Uses

  • Basically Any Tones You Need
  • Great Blues Tones
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

A great cool vibe guitar, a head turner, SOOOO Cool Looking. Sounds great with a Screaming blues and Jazz sound. The pickups sound strong and resonant. Fit and finish is excellent. However the tuners are suspect for high quality ? not sure if they are acceptable at this point ,as I just got it yesterday?? Appears to be somewhat unstable , maybe 11s will improve tuners?? These 6 strings are new and some say a test from Hofner. Not much info to be found anywhere to date. GC stocks them in Red , Black, and Sunburst, but on GC website only gives options for black and sunburst??? Price is great. Apparently ,NO case is available and NO ONE at GC knows anything about acquiring one ,or what in the world will fit it ???? Overall the sound is tremendous, and the Cool Factor is a 10, So much fun to play ,very light weight ,slightly Neck Heavy

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great New Guitar

By Dave

from Copley Ohio

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Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

As advertised in the catalog I received in today's mail, they are only in select stores and online. I found two at the Cleveland Guitar Center over Labor Day weekend. A sunburst and one dark red. It had such a great sound that I just had to take one home. I went with the red one. The tuners coud be a better material but overall I love this guitar.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great New Guitar

By Dave

from Copley Ohio

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Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

Walked into the Cleveland GC and stumbled upon this Hofner 6 string. I played for awhile and just loved the unique sound. I bought the red one, other is sunburst, and am loving it. Tuners are plastic but that's my only complaint. Saw the ad in a flyer this week and found that it was on a test run in only a few stores and now online.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful guitar! Amazing price!

By Zeke

from Middle of the woods, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Amazing value
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Stays in tune
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Coffee shops
    • Jamming
    • Pit bands
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

    I bought the black model a few days ago and it sure hasn't disappointed. Right out of the box everything from the action to the tone is amazing. It's great for practicing unplugged as it still has great tone and minor fret buzz. Plugged in though is where it truly sings. I have no complaints so far. For the price it is hard to beat. This is definitely a great guitar for both the beginner and the advanced player. This guitar plays as well as most $700-$1000 guitars that I have played. It's extremely light which is great for long shows as it won't hurt your shoulder. I highly recommend picking one of these up!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    what a cool idea!

    By Ricky Ellis guitar

    from Antioch, TN

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

      I have been a long Beatles fan and did not know they made guitars too. Looks sweet and after I picked it up and played it I was sold. I was not in the market for another guitar, but this is something I don't have. A Beatles look but sounds so versatile and cool tones. Lightest guitar I own

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it but left wondering why I can't find anything

      By Imaseahorse

      from Reno NV.

      Pros

      • A Definite Must Have
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • It's Super Fun To Play
      • This Guitar Turns Heads
      • Very Cool Lookin Guitar

      Cons

      • Can't Find Serial Number
      • Didn't Come With A Manual
      • Info Is Hard To Find
      • No Leftys So Made It One
      • Tuners Could Be Better

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

        So much like others I walked into my local guitar center and seen this bad boy hanging up on the wall and was like wow that's awesome and saved up and got the sunburst color, I liked the black and red but I liked the classic sunburst on the violin style guitar. It's such an awesome looking guitar it turns heads that's for sure! However one thing I think is kinda weird and am wondering if it's happened to anyone else but there was no maunual or booklet thing that usaually comes with a new guitar, no paperwork for registering it, no stickers and I CAN NOT find a serial number on it any place (if anybody knows where it might be located) there was NO NOTHING!!!! but darn Allen heads for the adjustments and thought that was kinda strange because it's not like it's a no name brand guitar or some cheap guitar that just ain't gonna have one which I thought was kinda strange. All it came with was the Allen heads but that's it for adjustments. I thought it was pretty strange that it didn't have a booklet/manual or any stickers or any paperwork to register it and I can't find a serial number anywhere on it. So I've been wanting to know what was in everybody else's guitar box? Plus the information about this guitar is super hard to find and isn't much to find in the first place.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        found one and love it

        By Bill Westheimer11

        from Fraiser MI

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Hard to find
        • No Paperwork

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

        Found one in Detroit! YES, the other reviewers are correct, this is a great guitar. Sound is killer and light as a feather. looks so cool too

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great & Unique

        By The Fool

        from Long Island, New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

        I was over near a Guitar Center and decided to walk around. As I was leaving, this caught my eye and I decided to just play around with it. Little did I know, it how great this guitar was. It felt and sounded right. It is extremely light, lighter than my feather of a Fender Bronco.
        It packs a bunch. It's great for bars and coffeehouses, and it has already been used for that.

        Afterwards found out that it was only a tester guitar, so I'm not too sure how long they will be around. Definitely recommend buying one ASAP. I got it in red, but the sunburst was awesome too. (Haven't seen the black in person)

        There is a bit of fret buzz when playing unplugged, but it does not affect the guitar when plugged in. As an avid Jazzmaster fan, I'm already used to this effect. Only problem is the tuners, which are plastic, and the input jack was extremely loose (I think that's the GC branch if anything).

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wow, wow WOW

        By Billmazeguitarplayer

        from Royal Oak, MI

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

          The others are correct-great guitar, little money and plays and sounds so good! saw it and had to try it, then HAD to buy it!

          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful well playing guitar

          By Steve or The Timedoctor

          from just a tad south of Philly in Delco!

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Body is lightweight and great for us older guys
          • Body well constructed, love the Beatle vibe!
          • fast and easy play neck, frets seem perfect
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • I find no "cons" with this guitar
          • Price is easy on the wallet for a Hofner
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

            When onstage, I always have 3 guitars, one main electric, one back up electric, one acoustic electric.
            With the addition of this "Beatle" 6 string I feel confident that I will put on a great show. Currently, This Beatles 6 will open as my main ax, I have my Wilshire Phant o matic as backup and either my Caballero or my PR 05 as my acoustic. All are proven work horses . All sound just as I want.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This guitar is a work of art

            By Michael

            from undisclosed

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

              I really love this guitar. A Christmas present to myself. It's an amazingly beautiful instrument. The craftsmanship is excellent, well designed and virtually flawless. Because it's a hollow body guitar, it's incredibly light to hold in your hands. Almost a fragile feel, but, it's a very strong instrument. The neck is smooth, and my fingers easily glide to all over. Extremely versatile instrument. The neck is slightly longer than most Fenders, Gibsons or Epiphones, so it can feel a bit unusual at first. The sound is beautiful. I've tried a variety of styles from a pop sound to rockabilly to country to hard rock. No matter what you play, the sound is clear without any fuzz or distortion, unless that's what you're going for. My only criticism is that the machine heads on the head stock are a hard plastic instead metal machine heads. Either way, however, it's a sturdy, yet, lightweight instrument. I would highly recommend this instrument to musicians who like an early 1950's- 1960's guitar rock sound. Beautiful instrument all the way around. Once again, I absolutely love it.

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect

              By ancient tones

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                I'm a long time acoustic player and had not touched an electric guitar in 40 years. This guitar called to me when i was trying out electrics.The Hofner violin is unique, light weight, compact and it sounds great plugged and unplugged(for practice w/out amp). I had GC tighten the pots and plug jack after I played it a few times at home. I plan to check the tuner screws too. This is pretty normal on new guitars to fine tune the tightness of screws and pots IMO.

                The set up-out of the box was perfect, low action, no string buzz. Fit and finish are nice. I have not seen any flaws. As I said what sold me is that it's unique, compact and very light.

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fun to play, light , Great Looking, What more do you want.

                By John

                from Detroit MI

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                  This is a very nice instrument to play. Works fine with a pick , but excels at finger picking. The fret board feels slightly more curved, the overall feel of the Guitar when coupled to the soft tones from the neck pick up tends to steer me towards finger picking. I have always thought that I needed an acoustic plugged in to get the Folk sound - but this can easily be achieved with the Hofner which saves having two Guitars at the Gig. The Guitar is light, but the balance is a bit neck heavy. Having said that, this has to be one of the coolest looking guitars out there!
                  This Guitar is light, Violin construction - so is not for kids or "hard" chord players (e.g.Punk / Grunge etc.).

                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  i could not believe it

                  By guitarcollectronyc

                  from NYC

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                    I saw this in the store and had to check it 2 times! I did not know these were made again....and so well and so low priced! if you are looking for a good guitar that is light as heckk, has tone and plays superb for a crazy price and quality this is it! Thanks Hofner, you really did it on these!

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Seemingly narrow neck but otherwise a beaut.

                    By Jesseray

                    from FLA/NY

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Seemingly narrow neck

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                    The guitar is a stunning beauty. The action is great, good tone. Love the triple fret markers.
                    The guitar is of course light, and as such neck heavy...a bit to get use to.
                    The neck almost seems like it was borrowed from a bass guitar....seems a tad narrow for me.
                    Not a problem playing lead...single notes etc, but chord playing found my fingers fighting for a place to go.
                    No doubt a bit of time in ones hands would correct this.

                    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    These babies rock!

                    By JohnnyC

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                        I have an entire collection of these violin guitars. the weigh nothing and play like crazy. Necks are wonderful. Pickups are solid and true. I think they are some of the best guitars I've ever played...and I won some very expensive axes. And the price...are you kidding me? They are all but giving them away.

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fun guitar at a great price!

                        By Bobby

                        from NJ

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Pick Up
                        • Solid Electronics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Recording

                          Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                          This guitar played great right out of the box. I have several much more expensive guitars....but...right now, this is my favorite.

                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          it's about time

                          By guitarfool54

                          from cleveland, oh

                          Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                          If I could get this in "lefty", I'd be the first one in line! Here's hoping that happens!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I think this guitar was designed for me

                          By EverythingMacintosh

                          from Raleigh, NC

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                          This became my go-to guitar almost immediately once I started playing it. Neck feels great, string action is low, intonation is excellent, pickups sound great, sustain is surprisingly good...and the only nitpick I have is that Hofner's volume, tone, and pickup selector controls work differently from the ones I'm used to on my Gibson, Gretch, and Ibanez guitars...a difference I need to get used to. This would be an excellent guitar even at a much higher price...amazing bang for the buck!

                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Extreeme cool factor

                          By Dmage121

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Violin Electric Guitar:

                            In this instance all that glitters is gold. Good feel, lovely sound, and 10 out of 10 cool points for style.

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