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1962 Vintage Hofner 185 Bass guitar Early model original vinyl covering & case

Estimated price for orientation: 698 $

Category: Bass Guitars

Type: Electric Bass Right-/ Left-Handed: Right-Handed
Brand: Hofner No. of Strings: 4 string
MPN: 185 Body Type: Solid
Size: 4/4 Country/Region of Manufacture: Germany

This Vintage Hofner 185 Bass Guitar is an extremely early model. It’s the Selmer equivalent is the “Artist Bass” with minor differences. It is supplied with the original Selmer case which has certainly seen better days. The Hofner 185 range was introduced in 1962 with red vinyl covering and white binding. Very quickly, Hofner switched to Red cellulose for this model. The Selmer version (Artist Bass) never had the vinyl covering. One other difference with the early 185’s was that they were introduced without the 2 x pickup selector switches. This particular guitar was also supplied with the early Type 510B “Diamond Logo” pickups. It’s a pretty bass, with a 30” Scale and a fairly light body. The neck is lovely. It’s in good condition, with minimal warp (C’mon be realistic! It’s a bass from 1962). The action is actually not bad (It's a little on the high side) and the neck is not twisted. The fingerboard and frets are in great shape. The neck and headstock are bound and it retains the original tuners. The tuners all work well. The vinyl on the body is in good condition. It does have the usual ever-so-slight loosening of the white binding at the top of the body. This is very common and usually down to age. The binding shrinks a little and that’s where the greatest curvature is, so it parts a little. One Volume pot has been changed. The control knob for this pot has been replaced with a Hofner Volume control knob. It all works fine. This bass is supplied with the original case. It’s very worn and the joints have splits. However, it is the original case so it makes sense to keep it with the guitar. Plug this into a decent amp and you’ll go straight back to the 60’s. No need to struggle with the scale or the weight either. Very collectable as it’s a very early one, and lovely to play. Please note: The stand is not included in the sale Buy With Confidence. All items are very carefully inspected and described. Inevitably, I get asked a question that I haven't thought to include in the description. I'm happy to answer all questions about this guitar. Please ask questions Like us on Facebook and hear about our latest vintage items first. Check out my other items on here. Offers: I will listen to sensible offers close to the asking price. However, if you would like the item sent to you, and you are outside the UK, I will need to know where you are in order to consider your offer properly. Please make it clear if your offer includes, or excludes delivery. Thanks. IF YOU WISH TO HAVE THIS POSTED ABROAD, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR A SHIPPING PRICE BEFORE YOU BID.  Thanks. Please note any overseas buyer must pay by paypal. (I no longer ship to the Russian Federation, Africa or Israel), Please get in touch for a shipping price if your country is not listed). The shipping cost will include full insurance costs. Payment& Delivery: Cash on collection is very welcome. I will accept payment by PayPal. (if you’re in the UK and collecting in person), or by bank transfer. Mainland UK ONLY: Postage is free using second class shipping. If you would like this item sent to you any other way, just let me know and I will make the arrangements. If it costs more than my chosen method, you will need to pay the additional cost. Delivery OUTSIDE mainland UK: I will charge you whatever it costs me, PLUS the insurance cost. Please ask for a specific costing on postage. As this item is second hand, NO RETURNS, thank you.