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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass   

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Authentic details inspired by the original.

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

A quality instrument that's value priced. You'll love it. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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HofnerIgnition Series Vintage Violin Bass
 
4.3

(based on 141 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (93)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (33)
  • Good tone (32)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Good pick up (23)
  • Solid electronics (15)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (26)
  • Practicing (26)
  • Recording (24)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Rock concerts (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (10), Novice (5)

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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Not better than the Rogue

I have played the Rogue model that is most similar to this - and to echo another reviewer's comments about the 'cheap' feel - yeah, this one felt (but did not look)...Read complete review

I have played the Rogue model that is most similar to this - and to echo another reviewer's comments about the 'cheap' feel - yeah, this one felt (but did not look) cheaper than the Rogue.

My main problem with it (of course the strings are crappy, but you expect that) is that the nut is impossibly high. You don't slap a violin bass, so this setup was intolerable for me. As it came from the factory, the intonation was poor at the 12th fret, even when tuned precisely. And don't even bother playing on the first two frets - the high action means you will be sharping your pitch noticably. My Korg pitchblack tuner confirmed this, though it didn't have a 'cents' measurement to say exactly how far off. But noticably to even my drummers ear.

I decided not to pay to replace the nut, but to send the instrument back. I expect to replace strings even on a higher end instrument. But not the nut. If I had to compliment this, I'd say the finish (black) and the electronics, including pickups, were nice - nicer than the Rogue, but what does that matter if it wont play on pitch ???

Stick with the Rogue. And of course, flatwounds sound lovely on this type of bass - you will be so happy if you do !

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5.0

Liking this a lot

By Not McCartney

from Brattleboro VT

About Me Experienced

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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.

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    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.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A Reasonably Nice Axe

      By Johno

      from Milton, WV

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

        I bought this as a second, knowing that it wasn't in pristine condition. But flaws were negligible and the bass was nearly clean as new - and there was a considerable cost reduction. What I wasn't so happy about was the baseball bat neck and the quirky controls. The neck is manageable but a little fatter than I would have liked. And the controls are whacky. The left volume controls the bridge (right) pickup, and the right volume, the neck. The cheesy strings will most likely be replaced soon, but the fingerboard (after some setup) is clean and buzz-free. Good fretwork A little neck-heavy, but that is to be expected in this style bass - even if it had a thinner neck. There is also a little mechanical buzz in the tailpiece on certain notes, but that is also negligible during amplified play. All in all, its a keeper and IS right fun to play. Plus, it has a decent range of tones (once the control block is deciphered!).

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        5.0

        really like this purchase

        By Frank

        from Lincoln, Nebr

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

          Nice bass to use for practice /learning

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Avoid.

          By Patrik Tanner

          from Minneapolis, Minnesota

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

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

              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!

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              5.0

              Hofner Ih=gnition bass.

              By SteelyDon.

              from BFE

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good choice for those wanting a bargain Hofner
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

                It's not an accurate replica of the original 500/1 bass, but is a very well made look alike that sounds good and plays well.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not bad but the Rogue version is better

                By Nick in Time

                from Witten Germnay

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

                  My first bass was a violin bass in 1969 and cost nearly what they do now. I have a Rogue but always wanted a Hofner and my Hofner acoustic 12 string plays like butter. When I received this guitar the first thing I noticed was how light it was, almost like a toy. I pilled out my Rogue violin and it felt substantially
                  more solid/ heavier. The playability was the same and the tone similar. I might keep this as part of a collection but I would recommend the Rogue to my fellow bass players unless they are hung up on the name. This is a Chinese instrument while the Rogue is Indonesian, I generally do not care where they come from when the quality is good and the price is right. One last thing unless you are a beatle grouppie I would recommend the Epiphone Allen Woody signature bass. It is well made sounds great and priced right.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Alright bass!

                  By mike

                  from undisclosed

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Needed truss rod adjustment

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

                  Surprisingly good sound, simple controls. Light as a feather. Looks great.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  great bass for a great price!

                  By mike

                  from las vegas, nv

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

                    Just playing for the enjoyment of it and cant believe how great an instrument this Hofner Bass is!

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