Many players revere Hofners Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone.
The Hofner Violin Bass is a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that simply eludes most ordinary basses.
The original circuitry shows potentiometers date February '56, paper capacitor, intact solder-joints, three way CRL selector switch and Switchcraft jack-socket.
The fingerboard shows some wear, but the frets are still in decent condition with lots of room for bending and a nice and easy action.
Oh- and for what it's worth I think it would fetch a little more than 2-300...despite the reduced collectibility caused by the modifications, I'd say it's still worth more to a player than say, a new Alden or something which would be 250 or so.
World class luthier Oskar Graf has been building string instruments one at a time for the last 40 years.
His guitars are continually the finest we encounter, both in craftsmanship and tone, and we are especially honored to present his latest Archtop for sale here at Folkway. This 16” cut-away beauty is carved from highly figured Hawaiian Koa and master-grade Sitka spruce.
I have a Hofner President guitar serial # 8047 in pretty good overall condition except for some fret wear and and the socket for the lead has been pushed into the body. It worked ok last time I played it a couple of years ago. So maybe the pickups were an aftermarket fit, but it doesn't look that way as they fit and look like they were original (? Do you know if this guitar has any value Mike as I am looking to sell it to a good home hopefully! I'd say that the pickups and electrics are all aftermarket.
I haven't been able to date this guitar exactly as it is electric and the closest I have come is maybe an early 60's President Archtop acoustic. The rear p/up has 6 holes in the black section and the front one doesn't.
The body is dated March 1956, has a very deep contour which makes it light and comfortable.