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Hofner Shorty Electric Bass Black

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The Shorty bass offers the same classic warm Hofner bass tone with a single Hofner humbucker bridge pickup. It offers full-scale length combined with such small overall dimensions that it can be taken... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Shorty bass offers the same classic warm Hofner bass tone with a single Hofner humbucker bridge pickup. It offers full-scale length combined with such small overall dimensions that it can be taken anywhere. Other features include a basswood body with a bolt-on maple neck, a rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, and a fixed metal tailpiece/bridge. Available in black.

Features
  • Basswood body
  • One piece bolt-on maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Dot inlays
  • 24 Frets
  • Metal fixed tailpiece/bridge
  • Single nickel tuners
  • Pearl tuner buttons
  • Fixed tailpiece/bridge
  • Plastic nut
  • Hofner humbucker bridge pickup
  • Black chrome potentiometer knobs
  • Includes gig bag
Specifications
  • Thickness neck + FB at 1st fret: 21mm
    Thickness neck + FB near heel: 25mm
    Scale: 30"/76cm
    Nut width: 42mm
    Width at 12th fret: 54mm
    Action bass string at 12th fret: 3mm
    Action treble string at 12th fret: 2mm
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HofnerShorty Electric Bass
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice for the Price

First of all I wish Musicians Friend would get the correct picture of this instrument. Instead they have a picture of the Shorty 6 string. Go to the Hofner web site to see what...Read complete review

First of all I wish Musicians Friend would get the correct picture of this instrument. Instead they have a picture of the Shorty 6 string. Go to the Hofner web site to see what it really looks like. As of now it only comes in black. It has a 30 inch scale but it is way smaller than most short scale basses. For the price it is a great deal. You get the bass with a nice little gig bag, nothing well padded but sufficient. The bass has a chunky neck with a solid feel. The tone is reasonably good, especially in the lows. Put flat wounds or black wounds on it to get a better sound. It is a travel bass that you can throw in the back seat of your car and go to a gig or practice session. It will easily fit on an airline overhead. It will also fit in most luggage bags. I like it as a back up bass, a fun bass, a travel bass. If lost or stolen you can buy another one without fretting your lose too much.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Short and Simple

Build quality was better than I expected for the price point, and it worked just peachy right out of the box. The solitary tone control provided a surprisingly broad range of sound from the...Read complete review

Build quality was better than I expected for the price point, and it worked just peachy right out of the box. The solitary tone control provided a surprisingly broad range of sound from the single pickup (who needs a bazillion knobs and switches on a travel/practice instrument?).
The neck felt very firm, with clean and precise action, but is so much heavier than the tiny hollow body that there is no way it will ever balance on a strap like a full-size solid body instrument. I just rest my forearm heavily on the body to hold it in place, and use a nice cushiony strap to minimize neck/shoulder fatigue.
After playing for a few minutes I headed over to the nearest GC for some Elixir strings (personal fave) but then discovered that the stock tuning machines wouldn't take normal bass strings - they are regular guitar machines. (This would complicate finding replacement strings in the future...)
I consulted with the GC tech, then bought a set of bass tuning machines to install myself. A drill press (masking tape on the hole to minimize chipping the gel coat) opened up the headstock holes to accommodate the bass pegs (don't try a hand-held drill).
BTW the E-string was too long to wind on the leader, but it only unraveled a little bit and seems to be working okay.
Overall I am pleased with the Hofner Shorty. Would have given it 4 stars if it came configured for normal bass strings.

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5.0

Stunning little bass!

By Billy

from Plano, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

    I am a gigging musician and rec'd this as a gift. NEVER in a million yr's would I have purchased this travel instrument. However, what an amazing bass in terms of convenience and playability. I love it!

     
    5.0

    Wonderful utility and practice bass!

    By Tommy

    from St Louis MO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

      Perfect instrument for backup and or travel. Need to play with a strap though. Got as a gift and it's hard to put down!

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Short and Simple

      By Dr. T

      from Walnut Creek, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Top-heavy

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Traveling

      Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

      Build quality was better than I expected for the price point, and it worked just peachy right out of the box. The solitary tone control provided a surprisingly broad range of sound from the single pickup (who needs a bazillion knobs and switches on a travel/practice instrument?).
      The neck felt very firm, with clean and precise action, but is so much heavier than the tiny hollow body that there is no way it will ever balance on a strap like a full-size solid body instrument. I just rest my forearm heavily on the body to hold it in place, and use a nice cushiony strap to minimize neck/shoulder fatigue.
      After playing for a few minutes I headed over to the nearest GC for some Elixir strings (personal fave) but then discovered that the stock tuning machines wouldn't take normal bass strings - they are regular guitar machines. (This would complicate finding replacement strings in the future...)
      I consulted with the GC tech, then bought a set of bass tuning machines to install myself. A drill press (masking tape on the hole to minimize chipping the gel coat) opened up the headstock holes to accommodate the bass pegs (don't try a hand-held drill).
      BTW the E-string was too long to wind on the leader, but it only unraveled a little bit and seems to be working okay.
      Overall I am pleased with the Hofner Shorty. Would have given it 4 stars if it came configured for normal bass strings.

       
      5.0

      This is a perfect secondary bass or travel instrument.

      By Jamie

      from Gainesville, FL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

          This is a perfect secondary bass or backup instrument. I don't always like to lug 2 basses around so this is convenient in emergencies. I use it sometimes during rehearsals as well half the time. Well worth it!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          plays and sounds choice!

          By Lukedonovanmusic

          from Carlsbad, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

            This is a nice little bass! sounds amazing and plays perfectly out of the box. I just had to tune it. Really nice and easy and fun to play

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome bass!

            By JustinVrox

            from Berkeley, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

              using for practice, travel and even gigs. The sound is killer, price is killer and looks are killer. Plays great!

               
              5.0

              Perfect travel instrument!

              By Bob

              from Binghamton NY

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

              Plays great right out of the box.

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Decent bass for cramped gigs

              By dogsnapper

              from iowa city, ia

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Lightweight
              • Small size

              Cons

              • Strap Button
              • Stringing

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues
              • Travel Bass

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

              I bought this bass used as a travel bass. I now use it regularly with a trio that plays some very cramped spaces. Makes it easy for me to switch between bass and percussion since it is so small and lightweight. With tape wounds the sound is pretty cool--no hesitation to play gigs with it. Shortcomings include the strap button, as others have mentioned. The strap slips off really easy. The jack for the cord is pretty loose and it is easy to dislodge your cord. (I plan to replace that soon.) I initially thought I'd be replacing the tuners as well, as they seem to be guitar tuners and it is hard to fit the strings in--I had to strip the ends down to fit them through. But the bass holds its tuning really well, I have never needed to retune during a gig, so for now I'm leaving them stock. The bag is a little flimsy and not very well designed. Looking for something to replace it, maybe a rifle bag. And it sits a little funny on your leg if you play it sitting. Takes some getting used to. But the sound is decent, no weird noises, good intonation for a short scale, and super easy to carry around. Bottom line--I really like this little guy in ways that I didn't really expect to. And even at list price it is a bargain (especially when you compare it to other travel basses).

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great for traveling

              By Tom-zI.9P

              from Birmingham, AL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone
              • Great Travel Bass

              Cons

              • Strap Button Placement

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Traveling

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

              My job requires a lot of air travel. My kids gave me this for Christmas. Has been brilliant to take on the road to break hotel-boredom. Play it through a headphone amp. Quality-wise it meets what you would expect this price-point to deliver. Strung it with flats. Never had an issue taking it on a plane. But expect to get some nervous looks at Security Check as in the gig bag it looks just like a rifle case. As previous reviewers have noted the strap button placement is poor. Unless you plan on always sitting to play this you will need strap locks.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Hofner Shorty bass

              By Heard the bass-Uuj_o

              from WNY

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Strap Button Issues

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

              Gave this bass the "gig test" and was surprised that this little guy can actually be useful in a gig setting! Ok, it's not a "high end" quality bass by any means, but does put out a decent sound (with help from eq and effects)

              The first thing you will want to be sure of with this bass is to have a locking strap or some means of securing the strap at the neck end. Due to the placement of the strap button, your strap WILL detach and the bass could end up crashing to the floor! (I used a locking strap.)

              The bass is a slight bit neck heavy and does tend to dive a bit.

              Playing the bass, you will notice the very small body can be a bit disconcerting -- not much to get your right arm onto for counter balancing. The neck is wider than a lot of other basses, but still playable. Mine arrived with a high action that was easily remedied with a quick adjustment of the neck. As I mentioned, the sound is 'ok" without eq/effects. Not great, but not unusable.

              The main reason I bought it was for the extremely light weight which is VERY nice for us players with back issues! No weighty issues here!

              It won't replace your main bass or even a good back-up, but for the novelty of having a "baby bass" as a go to for the fun factor, this little guy actually works! (I got more than a few comments about it!)

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