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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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A full scale bass that's small enough to take anywhere.

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

There's no gig too big or too small for the Shorty. Order today!

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
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (7)

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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DealMaker, not a BackBreaker

Put this on my Christmas List and received it as a gift....saved me from buying it later. I wanted it as a backup bass at gigs and also to use late in...Read complete review

Put this on my Christmas List and received it as a gift....saved me from buying it later. I wanted it as a backup bass at gigs and also to use late in the set to give my shoulder/back a rest from a standard bass. It does this very well, after a few songs with the Hofner, my shoulder was rested and I was ready to go back to my primary bass. It's ergonomic and rests very well on your shoulder.

This is an inexpensive bass, so don't expect to record or play major concerts; it's probably not suitable as a primary bass. But it does have a suprisingly good tone for an inexpensive instrument. It also tunes easily and holds tune very well.
Check the neck strap button to make sure your stap is secure. Because of the way it sits, your strap could slip off. You might want to put a washer or something to secure the guitar strap.
Once again, this is a good value for an inexpensive bass.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

As good a bass as any

By Vince Dees

from CT, USA

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Pros

  • Good Feel

Cons

  • No Dealbreakers

Best Uses

  • Small Venues

Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

armed with the Hofner Shorty (I had one back in the 80's with the 28" scale...and this one has 30" scale) and something like the Hartke Bass Attack preamp...the sky is the limit. This bass is very comfy, even with its wider neck. I use flats on any bass I play...and this thing works out fine...

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice for the Price

By Mature Bass Guy

from Buffalo NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent bass for cramped gigs

By dogsnapper

from Iowa City, IA

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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

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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

from WNY

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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!)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

DealMaker, not a BackBreaker

By Hurricane Jimmie

from Edwardsville IL

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Strap Button

Best Uses

  • Gigs

Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

Put this on my Christmas List and received it as a gift....saved me from buying it later. I wanted it as a backup bass at gigs and also to use late in the set to give my shoulder/back a rest from a standard bass. It does this very well, after a few songs with the Hofner, my shoulder was rested and I was ready to go back to my primary bass. It's ergonomic and rests very well on your shoulder.

This is an inexpensive bass, so don't expect to record or play major concerts; it's probably not suitable as a primary bass. But it does have a suprisingly good tone for an inexpensive instrument. It also tunes easily and holds tune very well.
Check the neck strap button to make sure your stap is secure. Because of the way it sits, your strap could slip off. You might want to put a washer or something to secure the guitar strap.
Once again, this is a good value for an inexpensive bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hofner Shorty Bass: Impressive 'lil bass

By ReederTheBreeder

from Santa Barbara, CA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

Just what I needed at work while at my desk. I use this for learning new parts as well as general stress relief at work since a full sized bass would not be appropriate. I needed about an hour to set up the neck truss rod and to intonate the bridge. The strings that were shipped seem perfectly fine and I have no plans to replace them. I do not plan to use this plugged in, but when I did this while setting up, I noticed that the pickup failed to maintain equal volume level and the high G string was almost silent compared to the others. If I were to use this thru an amplifier, a pickup change would be appropriate. However, the electronics seemed solid aside from that, including both vol. and tone controls and input jack. Overall a great little bass and nice hi-mass bridge with small tuning machines which actually work well. A co-worker wanted one within minutes of seeing me with it. Got mine on sale.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little practice bass (with some modifications)

By Kevin1014

from Buckeye, AZ

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Neck dive

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

First of all, this bass is just what I wanted for practicing when traveling. Compact, 24 frets, decent electronics and comes with a gig bag. Intonation was pretty good too. I did adjust the intonation, but that's really only because I'm kind of fussy about intonation.

One thing I will say is I had never experienced "neck dive" until I owned this bass like. in the resting position, the bass headstock will point right down to 5 o'clock.

Since this is a practice instrument, I made some modifications. I put weight in the body cavity, but the body cavity is not huge, so with extra weight, I could get the neck to hang in the resting position at about 3 o'clock.

I next removed the front strap pin and drilled a 3/8" in diameter hole 2" into the body at the same angle as the strap pin screw.

I purchased 3/8" aluminum round stock and cut it to 7.5". 2" would insert into the body and 5.5" would remain outside to mount the strap button while extending out to nearly the 12th fret.

I painted the round stock black (primer and paint). I mounted (drilled and epoxied) the strap button on the end of the round stock. I think epoxied the extender into the body.

It looks pretty darned good and now the bass balances perfectly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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

    big boom small package

    By fluffy13

    from NW Washington State

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

      I was looking for a small body bass online and found this one. I did some research , read some reviews and decided to go for it. After it arrived I put on a set of Ernie Ball Flat Wound and this is my new go to bass for my reggae band. I knew Hofner was reputable and the over seas build was of no concern , especially at this price point. The fit and finish seem fine, the weight is perfect for a night of playing and the sound is exactly what I was after. Over all it is a fun little bass and just what I was hoping for.

       
      5.0

      Needed lightweight bass for subway to work

      By Rock

      from New York City

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Not too big or heavy
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

        I needed a lightweight bass to take on the subways (2 trains) to work, and then back on the subway to rehearsal, and then on the subway home. This is much easier to carry around, through the turnstiles and on the street. My back and shoulders are now very happy. The guys in my band were surprised how good it sounds when I'm channeling my inner John Entwistle on a lot of Who numbers.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Was back ordered, but came on schedule, in good condition. Box within box was undamaged.

         
        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!

           
          5.0

          Killer!

          By Frankybass

          from Boston, MA

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          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 Shorty Electric Bass:

            Killer lil bass that sounds huge and fits in small area. Fun to play, plays like a real bass and looks great too

             
            5.0

            This is a perfect secondary bass or travel instrument.

            By Andy

            from Williamsport, PA

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            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!

                 
                5.0

                Perfect travel instrument!

                By Andy

                from Williamsport, PA

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                Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Bass:

                Plays great right out of the box.

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