Höfner Shorty Violin Bass


Höfner Shorty Violin Bass; following its legendary role models, it combines the charm of the shorty bass with the vintage flair of a real violing beatles bass, body basswood; neck maple; fretboard rosewood (dalbergia latifolia), nut wdith 42mm; scale 76cm (30"); 24 frets; fixed bridge; open vintage machine heads; chrom hardware; pickup hofner humbucker; 1x volume and 1 tone control original hofner tea cup knops, colour höfner vintage sunburst, incl. gig bag

available since March 2022
Item number 522568
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Sunburst
Body Basswood
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 24
Pickup System H
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag Yes
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More than just a travel bass!
Jonwbd 04.04.2022
I was in the market for a travel bass for a while and was close to buying the original Höfner Shorty, but Höfner shared an image on social media of their prototype Shorty Violin Bass so I decided to hang on until they released it.

On the post, Höfner asked their fans for feedback on the prototype. In the comments, people suggested they move the pickup from the standard shorty position to near the neck for a mellower sound and to fit a pickup more like the type you’d find on a violin bass as the one on the prototype was the same pickup you’d find on a shorty.

I didn’t hear any more about it for about two years, but then one day I was checking out the basses on Thomann and found that Höfner had released it! Not only that, but they had changed the design to be more to what their followers had requested.

Suffice to say, I’m glad I waited. I placed my order and waited a few weeks for the stock to come in. The bass arrived and it exceeded my expectations.

The bass has a neck that is comfortable to play with a satin finish on the back which feels smooth and doesn’t impede playing. The sound is pleasant, mellow but doesn’t sound muddy or disappear in a mix with other instruments. The tuners are robust and do their job perfectly, I’ve clocked hours of play on this now and it hasn’t slipped out of tune once.

It’s a joy to play!

As you would imagine for an instrument in this price range, a little bit of setting up was required to get it playing perfectly, but it still played quite well out of the box. There was a little bit of buzz coming from the frets due to the neck being completely straight, a very slight truss rod adjustment fixed that and Höfner had even supplied the required allen keys to do both truss rod and bridge adjustments (you will also need a screwdriver though). The nut slots were cut perfectly and the action and intonation were dead-on already, so 5 minutes work and I was ready to go.

If you need advice on how to set up your bass, just check YouTube for some videos. It’s really easy, Thomann have made a few themselves.

The gig bag is suitable for carrying, but won’t protect the instrument, so treat it with care. There’s also a pocket for accessories, I treated myself to a Höfner strap to go with the bass and I keep mine in there.

I travel to play music with a friend who lives a few hours away and I drive a small car, so I really just wanted a bass that wouldn’t be a hassle to transport. The Shorty Violin Bass does everything I needed it to, but I’m so taken with mine that I’ll likely use it for recording too and maybe also some gigs.

I’d definitely recommend the bass, you can’t go wrong for that price.


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Peter 880 25.04.2022
aber durchaus ernst zu nehmen. Hat man sich erst einmal an die kurze Mensur und den engeren Saitenabstand gewöhnt, spielt sich der Kleine sehr komfortabel und: Mit den serienmäßigen Roundwounds bestückt entsteht ein eigenständiger und erwachsener Basssound. Mit Pyramid Flatwounds sicher nochmals näher am Original.

Die Optik ist schon einzigartig und schön, auf der Bühne sicher ein Eye- und Ear-Catcher.

Was habe ich zu meckern?

Was mich immer wieder maßlos ärgert ist, dass manche Komponenten aus der billigsten China-Produktion stammen. Hier sei die Klinkenbuchse erwähnt, die einfach nur Schrott ist. Kein Kontakt mit Neutrik-Silent Steckern und der Kontakt aus dünnstem Blech. Ausfall vor programmiert.
Die Potentiometer sind ebenfalls Billigware. Wie schon beim Ignition sitzen auf der gezahnten Achse die original Tea-Cup Knöpfe. Diese sind aber für die glatte Achse gemacht, deshalb „eiern“ sie.
Das Volumenpoti ist im Regelweg zu zwei Drittel leichtgängig, im letzten Drittel merklich schwergängiger.
Qualitativ bessere Poties und eine gute Klinkenbuchse würden würden den Bass um weniger als 1 Euro verteuern.
Das Griffbrett ist total ausgetrocknet, die Bünde matt, die Bundenden aber sauber und gratfrei verrundet.
Die Halsrückseite ist unbehandelt und dürfte sehr schnell schmuddelig werden.

Mit entsprechender Fürsorge und Zeitaufwand erhält man für relativ kleines Geld (mein Höfner Violinbass hat 1964 die stolze Summe von 249DM gekostet!) ein schönes und gut klingendes Instrument.

Ich bin noch nicht sicher, ob ich ihn behalte. Falls doch, so werde ich
• Die Poties und die Klinkenbuchse ersetzen
• Die Bünde polieren
• Das Griffbrett ölen.
• Die Halsrückseite mit 600er Nass-Schleifpapier und Ballistol feinstschleifen
• Die anfälligen Gitarrenmechaniken durch edle Kluson-Mechaniken ersetzen. (Dazu müssen allerdings die Bohrungen der alten Mechanik aufgebohrt werden.)
• Mit Pyramid-Gold Flatwounds besaiten.