Höfner has added a new and colorful lineup of basses to their Gold Label Series they say are “intended to appeal to a new generation of bass players who appreciate the qualities of the Höfner bass but would like it in anything except sunburst.”
The Gold Label Violin Basses take their classic design and finish it in four new colors: Raven Black, Dawn Purple, Royal Blue, and Party Pink.
Handmade in Germany, the basses feature a spruce top with flame maple sides and backs as well flame maple/beech laminate neck. The Raven Black and Dawn Purple versions feature two “Toaster” style single coil pickups with close spacing as used in 1960. The Party Pink bass sports a pair of Staple pickups with a wide spacing as found in vintage Höfners from 1963 to 1967.
Finally, the Royal Blue bass blends the two styles with a pair of Toaster pickups closely positioned near the neck and a single Staple pickup in the bridge position.
The Höfner Gold Label Series Violin Basses are available for order now with street prices between $2,795 to $3,195 depending on the options. For more info, check out the Höfner website.
Höfner Gold Label Series Violin Basses Specs:
- Body Top: Spruce
- Body Back and Sides: Flame Maple
- Neck: Flame Maple/Beech/Flame Maple
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale: 30˝/76cm
- Nut Width: 42mm
- Number of Frets: 22
- Pickup Configurations: Two Hofner “Toaster” Nickel (Raven Black & Dawn Purple Finishes); Two Staple Pickups (Party Pink Finish); Two Toaster Pickups and One Staple Pickup (Royal Blue Finish); One Toaster Pickup and One Staple Pickup (Royal Blue Finish)
- Black finish Hofner Control Console
- Chrome volume knobs