Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Transparent Black w/Case 

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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.

 

Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Specifications:

  • Back and Sides: Selected Flame Maple
  • Neck: One Piece Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Inlay: Mother of Pearl Dots
  • Scale: 30"
  • Control Panel: 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches
  • Pickups: Hofner humbucking pickups
  • Case Included: No
  • Frets: 22
  • Top: Selected Spruce
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HofnerIgnition Series Vintage Violin Bass
 
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(based on 7 reviews)

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5.0

Hofner Icon Series Vintage Volin Bass

By Willie T

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

I'm very happy with the Hofner Vintage Volin Bass. It seems as though its made for me. I have small hands and for me this bass guitar is just right. A regular bass I have trouble with finger placement on some of the notes. The neck of a regular bass guitar is to thick and wide for me. The neck of the Hofner short scale bass is just right for me. The sound is okay also, I'm just getting started on learning how to play a bass guitar.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Much nicer than I expected!

By Patrick Donaldson

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

I have played bass for many years and as Beatles fan, I always wanted to buy a violin bass but didn't want to fork out that much money. When I found this deal I immediately thought the quality must be poor but I would take the chance. When I received the bass I was blown away by the quality of the craftsmanship, the look and feel and how easy it was to play. Now when I play along with all my favorite Beatles songs I have the same sound. It is a remarkable deal and I will NEVER sell this baby!

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1.0

Shame on you Music123!

By Keith G.

from New Orleans

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

I ordered this bass along with a matching hard case and was shocked when I got them in. The bass had a broken pickup and did not even fit into the case. Music123 sold these to me as a set in a "price match" deal and honestly, I am sure they sent me a used/returned/damaged bass to cover their loss of profit on the deal. I am very upset and will never buy from Music123 again. I can't really do an honest review on the bass because the one that Music123 sent was in such bad shape it would not be a fair review.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just got it in the mail today!

By Patrick Donaldson

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

Wow, I was shocked at how nice this bass looks and the quality of it. After I tuned it, I was amazed at how nice it plays, the neck is excellent! Now when I play along with the Beatles songs, I sound exactly like Paul. This is really a great deal and one I had to have to complete my bass collection. Thanks for making this fine bass at an affordable price!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't beat it for the price

By Gary Kahn

from Honolulu Hawaii

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

I just got my Hofner Icon Bass. The price was very affordable and Music 123 had a discounted sale. It'll need to be set up by a professional as there is buzzing on the E string when playing F and F# and G. I'm a beginner... I've played bass before but never owned one and this is my first bass. Watch out Paul, here I come. It looks beautiful. I recommend ordering a case at the same time to protect this beauty. I also ordered 2 sets of strings and a DVD instruction mega package. Aloha.

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5.0

The Budget Beatle

By Mick-bfFm2

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

In February of 1964 I was 10 years old. Like just about every other kid in America on February 9th, I planted myself that evening in front of our black-and-white RCA TV to see the much anticipated appearance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" had gone to Number 1 just in time for their first large-scale performance in the U.S. And then it happened: Ed said, "Here they are - THE BEATLES!" Cut to The Beatles on stage. The boys swung into "All My Loving." In the next five minutes a nation fell in love with four lads from Liverpool. I was already into music at the time. I sang and I'd played viola and ukulele and was already playing a tenor guitar. But that night, of many memorable moments, one of the things that was burned indelibly into my consciousness was Paul's bass. I'd never seen anything like it, of course. That violin shape. Awesome! I HAD to have one. Unfortunately, they weren't available in Baltimore in 1964 (maybe nowhere in the U.S.), and wouldn't be for a very long time. And anyway, I was ten. If theyd cost $50.00, they might as well be $5000.00. By the time I was buying my first bass about 10 years later (I'd been playing guitar), I'd been told by many that the Beatle Basses werent really very good. They had hot spots and dead spots on the neck. In fact, Paul himself wasnt playing the Hofner anymore. So I opted to get something with a bit less, um, character. I got the blond Rickenbacker Paul was playing at the time. Ill get the Hofner later, I told myself. When later came, and I had the wherewithal to own more than one bass, the Hofners prices had been adjusted to reflect its iconic status in the rock guitar pantheon. I couldnt justify the expenditure. So I got a G&L. Ill get the Hofner later, I told myself. Over the ensuing years, I even toyed a couple times with the idea of buying a copycat. It wouldnt be a Hofner, but at least Id have a violin-bass. You never forget your first love, though, and I never stopped wanting to fulfill what had been an unrequited love. Then I saw the ad for the Hofner Icon B series. That was it! The OFFICIAL Beatle bass (sorta). I was on Music123 in the proverbial New York minute! About a month later, it arrived (itd been on back-order). I opened the box, and pulled the guitar out of the plastic bag. I have to tell you, I welled up a little. Ask yourself: How many things can you name that you would say youve wanted for forty-six years? Not abstract stuff like success or love (we all want that), but a particular thing. There was only one item on my list and now its hanging on my wall. It gives me pride and joy just looking at it. May your dreams, too, be fulfilled. By the way, the action on the Icon is very fast. I was struck by how slender the neck is. Its narrower at the twelfth fret than the nut width on my Yamaha five-string. Because its hollow, the Icon is very light, which makes you think its insubstantial. In much the same way, the Icon is ill-equipped for certain things. You cant slap it , but the things it does it does very, very well: It sounds like a Hofner Beatle Bass, and it looks like February 9th, 1964.

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4.0

Hofner Icon

By Al-dYVrE

from Schertz, Texas

Comments about Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass:

Received my Hofner Icon tuned it up and found buzzing when playing on first fret. Had to raise the action. Once that was completed all buzzing was gone. I'm pretty impressed with the sound of this China Made Hofner. Had to have a Hofner so I'm starting out with the Icon. Couple of years from now hoping to purchase a real German made hofner. Strings seem ok but in a few months I will be changing them.

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