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Posted by Ernie Julian on May 30, 2001 at 21:30:53:
In Reply to: paul maccartney bass posted by tracker_br on May 09, 2001 at 16:58:00:
: hello , I would like to ask if somebody knows whats that little bass paul whas always playing with the beatles ,seemed like an elect.acoustic body.I saw a guy on my town playing one alike but couldn't read the mark .Tanks very much.
In the Beatles early years, before 1st Anerican tour Paul played a Hofner Cavern Violin Bass, later changed to a Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass. The only difference is the Cavern bass had the pickups close together at the neck, the 500/1 had 1 placed at the neck the other closer to the bridge. Early Hofner Basses of both types can still be purchased used but at a high price, usually over $1000.00. There are a lot of good Beatle bass copys made today that can be purchased anywhere from $300.00 to $450.00. Theres a factory in Korea that makes good copys, such as Rogue, Jay Turser, Dillion, Galveston, Tokai, all the same bass, different names. I collect Beatle bass copys from the 60s & 70s, but also own newer ones such as the Rogue. Just need to put on a good set of stainless steel flat wounds, the strings that come with these basses does not sound good! Best copy for sound i own is the Epiphone Viola. Change strings on the rest of them and you can come real close. All of today copys looks real good and are built very well! Dillion is the only copy as of yet that comes with pearl button tuning keys, the rest use chrome butterfly keys. But they can be replaced with real Hofner pearl tuning keys for around $125.00 or so. You can still purchase new Hofner pearl tuning keys, complete prewired pearloid controll panel w/all controlls including the 2 teacup controll knobs, the pearloid controll panel, LT & RT hand pearloid pickguards w/mounting hardware, bridges, short & long tail pieces, along with other Hofner items.
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