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https://www.facebook.com/pg/HofnerGuitars/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10155001648561145

Hand made in Germany and looks awesome. I hope they string them with flats.

If it's anything like the 60's original large body Höfners, the 500/3, 500/5, Senator, President, or Committee, then this is excellent news.

« Last Edit: March 28, 2017, 10:39:09 PM by ilan »
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Re: Höfner is again making a large bodied fully hollow bass - 500/18
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 11:44:10 AM »
yes, it has flats!

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 02:29:11 PM »
This is interesting to see! One of Roger Waters' first basses was a big, hollow Hofner:



I imagine that if these are made in Germany then the build quality will be exemplary, with a price tag to match!

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Re: Höfner is again making a large bodied fully hollow bass - 500/18
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 03:02:44 PM »
OK, when you said 'large bodied' I assumed depth. Still cool, very, very cool, but yeah.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 07:05:31 PM »
Very nice. Any idea about the price?

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Re: Höfner is again making a large bodied fully hollow bass - 500/18
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 10:38:41 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 10:21:07 AM »
And now this. Limited edition (6 only) 500/5 "Reeperbahn".

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2017, 05:10:58 PM »
Well hello.
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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2017, 05:44:17 PM »
Beauty. I take it these are German made and will be very expensive.

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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 06:25:41 AM »
5000 euros for the last one yes...

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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2017, 06:36:11 AM »
Wow. That's boutique pricing.
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« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2017, 02:29:46 AM »
Double the price of a normal 500/1. But understandable if only six are made, and knowing how much research they had to do.

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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2017, 09:41:05 AM »
I'm bemused that you guys actually find this stuff attractive. In the 70ies and in Germany, they were the epitome of uncool, nobody wanted to be seen with them. A Cimar Jazz Bass copy had a better image. Höfner, Hoyer, Klira and Framus were regarded as pawnshop junk.  8)
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Re: Höfner is again making a large bodied fully hollow bass - 500/18
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2017, 09:52:11 AM »
I'm bemused that you guys actually find this stuff attractive. In the 70ies and in Germany, they were the epitome of uncool, nobody wanted to be seen with them. A Cimar Jazz Bass copy had a better image. Höfner, Hoyer, Klira and Framus were regarded as pawnshop junk.  8)
First of all, Cimar J's are great basses, far better than what their market price would lead you to assume.

Now about the Höfners. I had image issues with the 500/1 - didn't want to look like a fan - and it's not a good bass imho. But the 60s large-body Höfners are different. They are the best hollow body basses I know. They have fantastic acoustic qualities. Really. If you had played one note on my 1960 500/3 you'd be smitten.

As for Hoyer, Klira and Framus, most of them were junk, in my experience. For years I wanted a red Hoyer London bass because it's so cute, until I actually played one and the GAS has evaporated.

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2017, 09:54:51 AM »
:) Yeah, I know a guy who traded a '60s Höfner for an '80s fretless Bass Collection bass:) Stupid. And more such stories. Nobody wanted Ricks either in the eighties. having said that I love to play those small Höfners:) I did some special Höfner interviews and some other work and I have quite some Höfners now:)