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ilan

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NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« on: August 29, 2017, 11:39:31 PM »
Took delivery yesterday.

Today I'm going to install NOS correct tuners. The neck is stable and straight - no need for a reset job this time. Also needs a correct w/b/w nut (actually just a string spacer) just for aesthetic reasons, and a new bridge - someone filed grooves in the original bridge. Large bodied basses used a longer guitar bridge (3" between height adjustment screws) with 4 instead of 6 fret pieces, not the usual violin bass shorter bridge type.

The neck is 3-piece, like the '60 500/3. My '64 Senator is 2-piece.

With a TI JF344 set, the bass sounds significantly brighter than my '60 500/3 and '64 Senator, both unplugged and amped. A bit too bright for my taste but I'll let the flats age as they should.

A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2017, 07:40:02 AM »
Very cool, congrats!

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2017, 07:50:42 AM »
Mazal tov!
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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2017, 07:53:56 AM »
Beauty!

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2017, 07:59:41 AM »
Looks nice.  Once you mention it, those tuners do kinda shine like little LEDs on the headstock...
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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2017, 08:22:05 AM »
Oh man, that is one cool bass. 
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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2017, 08:23:09 AM »
Cool!  I always thought of those old hollowbody Hofners as strictly vintage-vibe basses appropriate for 60s-vibe music, but then Tina Weymouth played one on much of Talking Heads' work.  It sounded great in that context too!  Sadly I've never had my hands on one to try out.  Yours looks super nice.

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2017, 12:29:24 PM »
Thanks guys.

Took care of almost everyting today. I had NOS Höfner 60s tuners installed, unmolested bridge (my luthier had a spare long type taken off a 60s Höfner guitar), side dots (the only mod I do on old Höfners). Replacing the tuners also completely cured the slight neck heaviness she had with the non-original tuners.
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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2017, 01:49:50 PM »
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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2017, 03:11:08 PM »
Beautiful!

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2017, 07:24:25 PM »
I like that a lot!

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2017, 04:38:46 AM »
A bad day of playing bass is still better than a good day of playing cello.

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2017, 11:22:17 AM »
Cereal bowl, with a big spoon...
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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2017, 02:48:25 AM »
Cereal bowl, with a big spoon...

It's called a Pastil Chair.

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Re: NBD '65 blonde Höfner Senator bass
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2017, 02:06:42 PM »
That white one reminds me of a cap (tooth)...

Very sixties... 8)
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