This new Paesold 7/8 596V swellback is another lovely example of this lively voiced model, many of which have found their way into both local orchestral and jazz settings in the last 17 years. The Hofner factory’s investment in these large stocks of 7/8 size woods that age 7-9 years years has finally come to an end. This is the last example of their 7/8 size that I have used myself on gigs since taking on the line in 2001. Lightly figured european maple neck, sides, and back, Seasoned european spruce top, Rubner gold single unit hat peg tuners with ebony posts, Replacement african ebony nut and thicker african ebony fingerboard, Ebony Hill style tailpiece, Ebony tailpiece saddle, ULSA aluminum post adjustable endpin, Aubert Luxe bridge with added adjusters, Antiqued spirit varnish finish, Light 1930s style build. Dimensions are: Top length 44 1/4″, Upper bout width 21″, Middle bout width 15 1/8″, Lower bout width 27 1/4″, String length 42 1/4″. This bass has very good potential as a jazz instrument and already has a bold and deeply rich orchestral voice, strung with Pirastro Flexocore Deluxe strings. With cover.