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Höfner HCT-500/1-BK Contemporary

Höfner HCT-500/1-BK Contemporary
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Electric Bass

  • Beatles bass
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Maple
  • Sustain block
  • Neck: 3-Piece maple-beech-maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 76 cm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Höfner H511B "Staple Humbucking"
  • Pickguard with 2 volume control knobs
  • 2 On / Off switches
  • Rhythm / Solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel hardware
  • Colour: Black

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BeatleBass ohne Rückkopplungsprobleme

Ken, 07.10.2009
Wurde in ein sehr schlecten Zustand geliefert. Bridge war viel, viel zu hoch gestellt, die Halterung für das Schlagbrett war ganz schief angeschraubt, und die Schrauben, die das Trapez hinten befestigen, waren zwischen Beading und Holz geschraubt und sind rausgefallen! Nach ein Wochenende habe ich die Gitarre flottgemacht.

Die Gitarre ist 15mm länger als eine deutche Höfner 500/1 und passt leider nicht in Höfner-Koffer. Ich habe den Thomann Gigbab1 Beat-Bass kaufen müssen.

Die mitgelieferten Saiten sind Roundwounds und geben ein sehr modernen Sound her. Die sind aber nicht die Höfner Roundwound H1133RB-Saiten von Pyramid, weil die viel dichter gedreht sind. Wer den klassischen Beatles-Sound haben will, muss zusätzlich Höfner Flatwound H1133B-Saiten bestellen.

Die Gitarre hat ein "Sustain Block". In Wirklichkeit ist der Körper fast ein solides stück Holz mit nur noch kleine Resonanz-Höhlen. Dadurch wird die Gitarre viel schwerer als ein original Höfner und man hat kaum mehr ein akkustischen Sound, aber die Probleme mit Rückkopplung bei hohe Lautstärken ist stark reduziert.

Die Mechaniken sind von Wilkinson/Gotoh, aber wen es nicht stört, zusätzliche Schraubenlöcher zu bohren, kann die Strip-Tuners (62 H61/74B) montieren, die Löcher sind prezis gebohrt. Auch die Single-Tuners würden passen (63 H61/73B), aber die Druckstellen von den Wilkinson-Tuners sind dann sichtbar.

Trotz Anfangsenttäuschung liebe ich es, auf diese Gitarre meine lieblings Beatles-Songs zu spielen.
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– Assumed from Höfner HCT-500/1-SB Contemporary

Höfner 500/1 Contemporary Series

Dominique 35, 11.05.2011
Aspect extérieur :

La Höfner 500/1 Contemporary Series est une guitare de conception semi Hollow-body, creuse avec une poutre centrale, donc très légère (2.9 kg). La lutherie est fabriquée en Chine, mais la forme et les dimensions sont exactement identiques à la Höfner 500/1 fabriquée en Allemagne.
Le vernis est synthétique, pas trop épais et bien appliqué sur l'ensemble de l'instrument, pas de coulure, pas de rayure, très bel aspect général donc. Très bon travail de lutherie.
Le Pickguard est très joli, nacré crème d'aspect vintage. Il peut se retirer en quelques secondes avec un petit tournevis cruciforme pour donner à cette basse l'aspect McCartney époque "concert sur le toit" du film Let It Be.
Le manche est fin, avec une touche en Palissandre. Le diapason réduit procure une facilité de jeux très appréciable. La prise en main est donc très agréable. Les frettes sont bien usinées et n'accrochent pas du tout.
Les mécaniques Wilkinson tiennent bien l'accordage.

Sonorité :

Au départ, la sonorité est bien, mais pas top. Pourtant, les micros qui équipent cette Contemporary Series sont des micros Höfner originaux, les mêmes que ceux qui sont montés sur les basses totalement fabriquées en Allemagne. Il faut à mon avis envisager de remplacer deux choses pour que cette basse devienne vraiment bonne :

Les cordes : La guitare est livrée avec des cordes RoudWound bas de gamme, la mi (la plus grosse) frise et ça n'est pas un problème de réglage du manche. Je conseille vivement de changer tout de suite ces cordes par des bonnes cordes FlatWound. Déjà, rien qu'en changeant les cordes, c'est vraiment le jour et la nuit au niveau du son. En vente sur ce site.

Le pavé de controle: Le pavé de contrôle qui est monté à l'origine n'est pas terrible. Les 2 boutons de volume et les 3 curseurs noirs sont moches, et la couleur nacre du support n'est pas identique à la couleur nacre du beau Pickguard. Lorsqu'on démonte ce panneau de contrôle, on constate aussi que les soudures ne sont pas terribles et que les potentiomètres sont d'une petite qualité (made in China).

J'ai donc acheté sur ce site le panneau de contrôle HA2B Höfner (made in Allemagne) pour le remplacer, et il n'y a pas photo. Le sélecteur HA2B Höfner est une pièce haut de gamme, la sélection est nette et précise, sans aucun craquement, les potentiomètres tournent dans le velours, l'électronique Höfner est vraiment de bien meilleure qualité que l'électronique Chinoise. En plus, la plaque support du HA2B Höfner est exactement de la même couleur que le Pickguard car faite avec le même matériau.

Avec de bonnes cordes et une fois remplacé le panneau de contrôle, maintenant le son est épatant, bien feutré ou clair suivant le réglage et le micro utilisé, on obtient facilement des sons très 60's.
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Electric Bass Beatles bass, Top: Spruce, Body: Maple, Sustain block, Neck: 3-Piece maple-beech-maple, Fretboard: Rosewood (<i>Dalbergia latifolia</i>), 22 Frets, Scale: 76 cm, Nut width: 42 mm,...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Maple, Spruce
  • Neck: Maple, Beech
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Shortscale
  • Pickups: HH
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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Electric Bass Beatles bass, Top: Spruce, Body: Maple, Sustain block, Neck: 3-Piece maple-beech-maple, Fretboard: Rosewood (<i>Dalbergia latifolia</i>), 22 Frets, Scale: 76 cm, Nut width: 42 mm,...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Maple, Spruce
  • Neck: Maple, Beech
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Shortscale
  • Pickups: HH
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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