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zeprin
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These days Common

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Aug 24th, 2016 05:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This showed up in my inbox today.
Kinda kool.
No. Actually kinda amazing! Given that these are probably the Hofner equivalent of Custom Shop projects, the amount of hand work, and the amount of FREE HAND hand work is something to see. That and completely assembling the finished guitar, including strings, before installing the electronics!?!?! Maybe I lead a sheltered life but I've never thought of such a thing......
Anyway worth the 17 min viewing time.

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though the sound track needs an upgrade...jus' sayin'

Hofner Werk

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Aug 25th, 2016 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea I saw that. I'm surprised at the amount of manual labor that's going into those basses. They are still cutting the fret slots manually!

I'm still sticking with basses with bolt on necks though :)

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Aug 25th, 2016 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lots of potential for losing a finger in that shop.

I was surprised to see nails used in some places.

I didn't see any markings to tell him where to cut the frets or nut slots.. how accurate can that be?


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Aug 25th, 2016 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I didn't see any markings to tell him where to cut the frets or nut slots.. how accurate can that be?"

I thought I saw him put some sort of plate over top of the fingerboard, give it a whack, and it made a mark on each side of the fretboard to show him where to cut?

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Aug 25th, 2016 09:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very cool video, thanks for posting it.

Yes, at 8:34, he places a jig on the fretboard and gives it a few whacks. That puts tiny grooves in the wood that he uses as a guide to cut the slots.

I used to think that the basses were too damn expensive, now I can't figure out how they can sell them for the price the they do and still make any money with all the work that goes into them.

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 26th, 2016 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That was enlightening. Old world skills

digiboy

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Aug 26th, 2016 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great video but yeah that music is terrible. Gets progressively more annoying. Better to hit the "mute" button.

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 29th, 2016 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I used to think that the basses were too damn expensive, now I can't figure out how they can sell them for the price the they do and still make any money with all the work that goes into them."


Same here. I was surprised to see how much hand skill still went into them. Maybe they just showed the highlights but I noticed several things seemed to be Hand to eye placement. I would have to mark carefully mark things before cutting.

ilan

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Aug 29th, 2016 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

All that work pays off. I have two large-body Höfners ('64 Senator and '60 500/3) and unplugged, acoustically, they sound way better than any other hollow bass I know. A real acoustic tonal quality, that you get when using old school construction and violin-making techniques.

Here they are

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Jan 9th, 2017 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice craftsmanship.

Great old machines as well.

But boy, if you weren't paying attention... Off goes the finger !

BTW, I dig the music. Quirky enough to reflect od school building.

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 08:24 PM, Jan 9th, 2017)

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