Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 04, 2000 at 06:25:45:
In Reply to: Hofner Beatle bass posted by Coach on December 04, 2000 at 01:04:06:
: Hi all, I'd like to have your opinion of a Hofner 500/1 Beatle Bass...Is it a good instrument, or just over-hyped because Paul McCartney used one? I happen to think it's a beautiful instrument, but have never played one. Thanks in advance!
The Hofner Beatle Bass is a good instrument if you want the early Beatles tone, most definitely.
It's not limited to that, though; for example, Robbie Shakespeare, *the* pre-eminent reggae bassist, has used a Hofner for ages, and he gets along well with it.
Being a hollowbody, though, it's a little bit fragile (at least more so than, say, a P-Bass); being a short-scale, it doesn't have the fullness of tone that a long-scale bass does.
They tend to be a bit spendy, too; being imported adds a *lot* to the cost, and there are other basses out there that give a better value for the money.
But I'd *definitely* give my left nut for one!
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