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Hofner’s best selling classic electric bass guitar, the ‘Beatle Bass’, Ignition Series, in Sunburst.

Taking a lead from their 1970’s Violin Bass models, the Ignition Violin Bass guitars from Hofner let you get your hands on one of the world’s iconic guitars. In contrast to the HCT model, this version has a fully hollow body and of course comes with the famous Hofner control panel, wooden bridge and Hofner style tailpiece. The Hofner Ignition Violin bass comes at the perfect price point for players requiring the classic Hofner sound on a budget. Comes with Hofner H64/VB case.

Instrument: Ignition Bass
Model: HI-BB-SB
Category Term Description
Body Shape Ignition Violin Bass
Wood Top Spruce
Wood Back Flame Maple
Wood Sides Flame Maple
Binding Top White
Binding Back White
Binding Sides White
Centerblock None
Neck Wood Maple
Construction One Piece
Headstock Shape Ignition Violin/Club Bass
Logo and Artwork Script
Neck Joint Hofner Violin/Club Bass Set Neck
Joint At 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 21mm
Thickness Neck + FB Near Heel 22mm
Heel Cap
Fingerboard Wood Rosewood
Scale 30″/76cm
Nut Width 42mm
Width At 12th Fret 50mm
Inlays Dots
Binding White
Side Dots Yes
Number Of Frets 22
Bridge Material Rosewood
Type Hofner Fretted
Hardware Tuners Single Nickel
Tuner Buttons Pearl finish
Tailpiece Trapeze Nickel
Nut Material Plastic
Pickguard Pearloid plastic
Pickup Neck Hofner Ignition Staple Nickel
Pickup Middle
Pickup Bridge Hofner Ignition Staple Nickel
Potentiometer Knobs Black
Strings Hofner Round Wound
Approximate Weight Kg 2.3kg
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 2mm

A short guide to using the Hofner Control Panel:

Bass On: Turns the Bridge pickup off.

Treble On:  Turns the Neck pickup off

Solo – Rhythm: Solo makes the Bass louder; Rhythm makes the Treble brighter

Volume Controls: to blend the volume of each pickup, best with the volume turned towards up;
Bass On does indeed make it Bassier because it is just the neck pickup with a Treble cut capacitor.

Treble On: Yields a bright tone, because it is just the Bridge pickup with a Bass cut capacitor

Rhythm/Solo Switch: Rhythm cuts the volume by 30% or subtle treble cut; Solo makes the Bass louder.

Volume: – best with volume in the up

Paul McCartney prefers to use the neck pickup, it is said.