ca. 1960s Hammig (Hofner) 3/4 gamba carved back

Distributed on the west coast of California under the “Johann Heinrich Hammig” name by Sahlein Music Distributors, this 3/4 Hofner has gotten a new neck installed by Michael Olivola. With a contemporary overstand, neck angle, medium size neck profile, and now longer 41 3/4″ string length, this fine bass is a good jazz bass and a spectacular arco instrument. Allan Droyan regraduated the top for a much richer and well developed voice. German maple back, sides, German Spruce top with bold grain lines and “hazelfichte” (bearclaw) figuring, Replacement Maple neck, Gold Rubner single unit tuners, Ebony nut, fingerboard, and tailpiece saddle, New Gotz Ebony tailpiece, Despiau bridge with adjusters as part of a comprehensive setup by Mike Olivola, Gotz enpin, Lightly applied orange varnish finish. DIMENSIONS are: Top length 42″, Upper bout width 19 1/4″, Middle bout width 14 3/4″, Lower bout width 25 3/4″, Depth at tail 8 1/4″, Depth at upper bout bend 8 1/4″, Depth at neck 7 1/4″, String length 41 3/4″. Except for 2 small crack repairs in the sides, this bass is astonishingly clean for a school bass. The penetrating voice is dark and even in the lower registers and extremely rich and complex in the upper registers. An especially expressive jazz instrument. With cover.

Price: $7,500