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Höfner Debuts “Cavern” Versions of Contemporary and Ignition Violin Basses

Höfner has introduced new “Cavern” versions of their Contemporary and Ignition Series Violin basses at the 2013 Musikmesse in Frankfurt last week. The pickups on the new models are positioned closely together and towards the neck in the Cavern style, similar to Paul McCartney’s original 1961 bass.

Höfner Contemporary Violin Bass “Cavern”

Each of the entry level basses will be built with the same specifications as their predecessors, though the Contemporary version upgrades its pickups to the Cavern style while the Ignition version will have the same pickups but moved closer together. Both models feature a body with a spruce top with flame maple back and sides as well as a neck of maple and beech. The Höfner Contemporary HCT-500/1-CV steps things up with a hand carved spruce center block and German made “Cavern” pickups.

Höfner Ignition Violin Bass “Cavern”

The Höfner Violin Bass “Cavern” Contemporary and Ignition Series basses will be available with MSRPs of €695 (approx. $915 USD) and €305 (approx. $401 USD), respectively.

Höfner Contemporary Violin Bass “Cavern” Specs:

Body Top:Spruce
Body Back:Flame Maple
Body Sides:Flame Maple
Finish:Sunburst or Black
Center Block:Spruce
Neck Wood:Maple/Beech/Maple
Fingerboard Wood:Rosewood
Scale:30″/76cm
Nut Width:42mm
Number Of Frets:22
Pickups:2 Höfner “Cavern” Style

Höfner Ignition Violin Bass “Cavern” Specs:

Body Top:Spruce
Body Back:Flame Maple
Body Sides:Flame Maple
Finish:Sunburst or Black
Neck Wood:Maple/Beech/Maple
Fingerboard Wood:Rosewood
Scale:30″/76cm
Nut Width:42mm
Number Of Frets:22
Pickups:2 Höfner Ignition Staple Nickel, in “Cavern” Position

For more information:
Höfner.