Birthday was about a week ago and had enough cash bunged my way for something cheap and fun, so snagged one of these. This is the "Cavern Club" edition of the Hofner Ignition Violin Beatle bass...
Have been weighing up my options for a cheap short scale bass for a few weeks, saw a few demos of these, and decided to give one a go sight unseen. I was looking for something lightweight and fun for playing around the house...and it's absolutely perfect for that. Fully hollow so weighs next to nothing. This "Cavern" version has the rear pickup in a more advanced mid position, rather than nearer the bridge, like Macca's early one. It's not super versatile soundwise, but it does a great thumpy '60s R&B thing which is really really addictive. Pondering flatwounds (rounds come stock) but it sounds pretty good as is. I'm no Beatles obsessive, so can't comment on how authentic it sounds, but so far, just playing it through a few guitar amps at bedroom volumes, I like it plenty.
Cons? Fit and finish are generally fine, but there's what sounds like a stray ball of solder rattling around inside somewhere, and one of the pickup sliders needs a bit of wiggling/pressure to switch properly. I'm going to open up the control plate over the next day or two and get both issues sorted, 'cos I can't face returning it to Germany (musik-produktiv) for what should be an easy fix.
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