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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar

 
4.0

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The Hofner Ignition Violin bass comes at the perfect price for players requiring the classic Hofner sound on a budget.

The original Hofner violin bass became a favorite because it was easy to play, super-comfortable and it had a sound like no other bass. Hofner's Ignition Violin Bass features a select Spruce top with flamed Maple back and sides and a pair of Hofner humbucking bass pickups for that "classic" sound.

The Hofner Ignition Violin Bass has a fully hollow body and of course comes with the famous Hofner control panel, wooden bridge and Hofner style tailpiece.
The Hofner vintage control panel features individual volume controls per pickup, on/off switches for the bass and treble pickups and a Solo Boost switch. Includes hardshell case.

Body
  • Wood Top: Spruce
  • Wood Back: Flame Maple
  • Wood Sides: Flame Maple
  • Centerblock: None

Neck
  • Wood: Maple/Beech/Maple

Fingerboard
  • Wood: Rosewood
  • Scale: 30"/76cm
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • Number Of Frets: 22

Hardware
  • Pickup Neck: Hofner Ignition Staple Nickel
  • Pickup Bridge: Hofner Ignition Staple Nickel

Case
  • Hardshell Case Included


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  • Bass Guitar
  • Hardshell Case

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HofnerIgnition Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Beginners (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

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5.0

perfect and deal

By 

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Experienced

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 Violin Bass Guitar:

    Perfect out of the box. My friend has German made one and this one sounds almost as good and WAY less $ deal!
    Jeremy S

     
    5.0

    a real bass and good deal

    By 

    from Cedarburg, WI

    About Me Experienced

    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 Violin Bass Guitar:

      Really stoked about the bass. High quality and sounds better than I thought. I could not believe how light this was! I know why Paul uses Hofner

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I see good and bad reviews

      By 

      from United States

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

      It seems all of you are missing the picture on instruments.
      The music comes out of the artist, not the instrument.
      For myself I can tell you this, I can make ANY instrument sound good.
      So if you like the style of the instrument then buy it. If you do not move on to another one.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The most comfortable Bass I've played!!!

      By 

      from Coatesville, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

        The Hofner bass is the easiest and most comfortable bass I own. Light weight so you don't get tired of lugging the guitar around after several hours of playing. I'd recommend it to all bass players.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very reliable and a good sound

        By 

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

            Sounds very good for the price, has a slim neck making frets much easier to reach.

            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Dissapointed

            By 

            from New Jersey

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Neck is uncomfortable
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

            • Breaking

            Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

            I played the hofner bass and it was uncomfortable and too small. It's a shame, I was very disappointed.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            An Excellent Bass Buy

            By 

            from Triangle, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

              [...] The bass itself is fantastic, and looks like the expensive real wood version if you stand back with half closed eyes. I can assert that the Icon does not have the solid block built in. The bass is very resonant and easy to play. This is the most I would ever pay for a Beatle bass, as IMO they were never the best design, and fragile to boot. However, I get great Beatley sounds from this bass, and it complements the rest of my bass collection, which includes Sadowsky, Fender, and Music Man.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              want to save money

              By 

              from Lockport, IL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

                Look if your a player and especially a beatles fan but cant afford to spend $2000.00 on a german hofner but want the hofner name this is what you want. for years i wanted a hofner and finally got the icon. I use it for beatle songs in my band and its fun to play. yeah i would love to own the cavern model or the 63 model but its very expensive. it plays good and has a great feel to it. Just remember your not going to get that hofner sound sound like the german made ones but you will get a good sound i think. iv been playing twelve years but to the other pros sorry if you differ but not everyone has two grand to just drop. To those out there get an icon!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Distinctive in all respects

                By 

                from Miami, Fl.

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

                  I waited 1 whole year to get this bass and it was worth it! I went to the local [...] and found they did not have this very bass so I tried out a real german made $1,800 500/1 bass. To tell you the truth, I could not tell the difference between the two when I compared the Icon to the 500/1 about two weeks later.(apart from the troublesome and sensitive nitro-laquer finish on the 500/1 and the parchment tinted pick-guard and control panel on the 500/1) Playability was equal on both, weight was equal on both,(awesomely light!) and even though the pickups were different on both, sound was incredibly dark and woody on both. I play Rock, Blues, some reggae, Jazz,and Pop. The tone of this bass favours Blues, Rock and Jazz, however any style of music can be tackled with this bass. Overall, this is the greatest bargain in the world to me and sure encourage you to buy it! (P.S. Beatles fans will be exceptionally pleased!)

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good Price

                  By 

                  from Munich, Germany

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Beginners

                    Comments about Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar:

                    I'm curious where the other guys managed to see one as after serious searching I have only managed to hold one in my hands, in Germany. After comparing it to an original Höfner, there is a difference. The same acoustic resonance isn't there, due to the sustain block inserted under the strings. The original Höfner sounds great even without an amplifier. The finish looked good. In Europe we are told it's made in China not Japan. I am now curious where it's made as I've also heard Korea. Here, delivery has been promised since October 2006, but is still not in the shops, bar the one I've seen. If I wanted a giging Bass, I would go for the original in preference. The original will no doubt hold it's resale value better. But with a price difference of [..]. A gigging base player would probably go for a totally differernt Bass at a price tag of [..]. So basically bottom line is, at [..] a great icon of the 60's.

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                    Series Ignition
                    Other Features Trapeze tailpiece
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                    Ignition Violin Bass Guitar

                    The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for two years and labor for two years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.