04-01-2013 06:14 PM
Long time member, off-and-on poster.
I haven't bought much gear in the last 10 years, mainly because I have everything I need and don't play in bands anymore. But, I remember back in the day, you walk into your local shop - whether that be Guitar Center or some random non-franchise place - and pretty much haggle about 20% off the list price.
Question - is this unwritten rule still applicable today? As a guitar player for 20 years, I've found myself REALLY wanting to play the bass and so I was out shopping and playing some yesterday. Found this Hofner Violin "Beatle" Bass at Guitar Center with a list price of $469 (just like the ebay add I posted). Ebay prices are the same so I'm wondering if I have any haggle room with GC or what's the cheapest I can pay for this particular bass?
As someone who just wants to have fun with this, I'm trying to spend the least amount possible but I do LOVE this Hofner I found, so I'm not interested in going with another brand/style at the moment.
Any/all input greatly appreciated!
04-02-2013 11:36 PM
04-04-2013 07:38 PM
The question isn't whether or not I should get the Hofner. I'm wondering how cheap I can get a new one through GC? I haggling still common? Haven't bought new gear in a long while and not sure if things are how they used to be.
I found a used one anyways for $250. Now searching for the best "bang-for-buck" bass amp.
04-10-2013 08:31 AM
I have 3 hofner violin basses, goldtop w/red back, shocking pink and the sunburst like mccartney. all were ICONs made in china and with cases.
I sold the mccartney sunburst with case for $200 on craigslist.
I will also say the QC on these are wildly inconsistant and if you don't mind spending the money, North Coast Music is the best place to buy since they do check each bass for flaws and playability.
I bought the Goldtop from North Coast and it's smokin. I bought the Pink on off Ebay and there were chips and small dings on the side of the fretboard.
I bought the McCartney sunburst from a mom and pop and they included a set up and it was a great player.
sold the McCartney one because I wanted to thin the herd and it was too difficult to sell the flawed pink one and I loved the goldtop.
04-10-2013 12:23 PM
i was really lusting for one of those - the retro vibe is just so cool with it - but then i played one. didn't want no more. :robotsad:
04-10-2013 12:34 PM
Speeking of gold... I keep flipping back to this craigslist ad... Guy wants $550... Never had a gold bass.
I'm not normally a fan of semi-hollow basses, but that one is an exception. The unique pickup and wiring setup on it really sounds good.
04-10-2013 08:39 PM
04-11-2013 10:09 PM
onYou need a P and a Jazz. I like the simplicity of the P.
also a set up might have improved the Hofner. I LOVE playing mine. They are small and funky and fun.
And McCartney played it on some of world's greatest songs and albums
04-12-2013 05:03 AM
04-12-2013 10:34 PM
yes, that's the budget B-Bass introduced a few years back. I don't know where your's in made, but I'm in Australia - I bought one, made in China, hence the low price. But I did have a German Hofner, circa about '78, which I had longed for all my life. I'm a left handed Beatles/McCartney nut! To be honest, the B-Bass was a very decent replica, but still it was that ..... not the real McCoy ... the German one was like an old violin. Unfortunately I sold both, because I couldn't get into the hollow body sound and I don't like flats (which is what they advise to put on). I have a Rickenbacker, so still in the McCartney Club. But my fav bass is my StingRay - a very different sound to the Hofner, or the Ric.
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