Hofner Icon Club

Hofner Icon Club

Postby Johnny Alien » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:27 pm

I was going to the bump the H-22 thread that mentioned this but then decided to start a new thread instead.

What went on with the Icon Club bass. I see all over the internet for the past year that they were "coming out next month"

Did they bag plans?
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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby nolabass » Sun Mar 29, 2009 4:38 pm

Heh... I don't know but if they price a new bass more than a vintage bass would cost they will have about the same success as the H22 is enjoying. [smilie=tosser.gif]
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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Johnny Alien » Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:30 pm

True.

I doubt that would happen as the Contemporary series is already below the cost of a vintage Club :)

I just picked up a Contemporary Club and am waiting for it to get to me which is what got me to thinking about this.

It's the bass that's been "coming next month" forever now.
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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Johnny Alien » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:05 pm

Not alot of activity here in the Holowbody forum. Thought I would post a photo of my newly acquired Contemporary Club. still would love to see an Icon version.

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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Sloom » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:37 am

That's a cool looking bass. How does it sound? Like a Hofner, I imagine?
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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Dr. Greenthumb » Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:53 am

Nice looking, [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

As part of a trade deal, I just picked up a brand new Contemporary Series H500/1 Violin Bass. I also had the guy put on the Hofner Flat wounds on it.
Wow, I cannot beleive the thumping bass that comes out of this little thing. EQ'd just right, it sounds like an upright bass with the flats on it.
Never had a Hofner, was always curious, now I luv that little thing. I must say also that it seems to be constructed and finished really well for being an "import" Hofner, all tho if u think about it, they are all imports to us. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]

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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Sloom » Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:53 pm

I wonder how much better sounding the real Hofner is than the knock-off?
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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Sloom » Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:57 am

Well I don't know the difference really between this and the "real" one, but I now have a Hofner Icon B-Bass. It's brand new to me, but I like it! I've got it relatively well-intoned (good as it gets with the old-school bridge), and it feels good to play. Silly-light, and almost too easy to play! But it sounds great even with the rounds on it- of course you have to like what it does. It's not a P-Bass! But it sounds cool delivering that punchy deep Thump, and looks cool. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]

I did have to return the first one, as there was a 'dip' in the top of the body at the bridge. It seems the bracing had let go under the bridge on the treble-side and the string-tension was forcing it down into the body. It looked like trouble, so I brought it back for the sales rep to deal with. Now this newer one has some minor issues: there's a rattling somewhere in the trapeze tailpiece when I play, but once I find it I can stop that alright. I also think the tailpiece is ever so slightly misaligned off-center to the nut... the bridge pickup pole-pieces are noticeably out of line with the strings. Not so awful, but you can see it when you look for it. I can fix it or have it fixed at a friend's wood shop, or maybe I'll return this one too- but I like it and maybe it's worth a bit of effort to make it right. I've got some skills, and don't mind the opportunity to get intimately acquainted with my instruments.

Another issue: The neck has a 'bump' in it up near the heel-block. Sighting down the fretboard there is a nice easy bow in the neck, which I got with a truss-rod adjustment. But there is a distinct interruption in the bow about 2/3rds down and it's the kind of thing that will cause string/fret buzz. Fix: Raise the action. Seems to be enough to solve the problem! Not as if it's now difficult to play.

So far it's a cheaply-made but real cool add-on to the quiver. It will likely prove good to have for image-sake, as we're a working band and do well to have some 'trappings' in our show, like some of this cool-looking, stuff-you-expect-to-see business. And it sounds great! I still have the option to bring it back and exchange, the shop-owner is being very workable with it all and giving me a lot of room to get satisfaction from the deal.

Another plus is that I think it's good for me to have different scale-length instruments to play. I have had minor trouble in the past with "Tennis Elbow" and related stuff, so some variety in mechanical hand operation/muscle use is probably a good thing. So I'm giving it the full mile here.

I understand that Paul McCartney's bass was a cheap affair, and that it's pretty remarkable it remained in good shape and playable for as long as it did. Pays to have the case, I guess! I'm going to bring it to an outdoor festival in Fall River MA tomorrow to play with my reggae band. It's going into the SM400, Bag End S15-D and an Avatar B-212. PA support- yay! A rare occurrence.

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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby Freddels » Sat Oct 03, 2009 11:20 am

Sloom wrote:That's a cool looking bass. How does it sound? Like a Hofner, I imagine?


Sounds pretty darn good.


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Re: Hofner Icon Club

Postby andrew » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:09 am

Isn't the Icon Club Bass out now?
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