2009 Hofner model 518 carved back 7/8


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This 2009 Hofner 7/8 size model 518 has been one of my personal performance basses for the past several years.   The top is very stiff european spruce and it has responded very well to one of the expert regraduation (revoicing) procedures performed by Allan Droyan that produced more flexibility and fullness on the bottom end. What I have enjoyed most about this instrument is the variety of jazz tone colors available and the ease of producing a big voice with a lot of presence. The European maple neck, back, and sides are high quality aged materials. The tuning machines are halfplate Rubners with nickel plating. The fittings are all european sourced african ebony, including a replacement Hill style tailpiece. The endpin is an aluminum post and ebony collar unit from Gotz. The high quality French bridge has wooden thumbwheel  adjusters that used to come from Shen as a separate unit. Now strung with Spirocore strings, the bass has a deep, penetrating tone. Dimensions are: Top length 44 1/4″, Upper bout width 21 1/2″, Middle bout width 15 1/4″, Lower bout width 27″, Depth at neck 7 1/4″, Depth at upper bout corner 8 7/8″, Depth at tail 8 7/8″, String length 42 1/8″.  The bold and harmonically rich voice of this instrument really comes alive under a bow. This instrument has been my primary gigging pizz bass for several years. With cover.

Price: Sold