Hofner-clone "Beatle Bass" kit from Bargain Musician

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JLT
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Hofner-clone "Beatle Bass" kit from Bargain Musician

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I recently acquired a kit from Bargain Musicians. It's a short-scale (30") semi-hollow violin-style body, similar in looks to the famous Hofner "Beatle Bass" popularized by Sir Paul McCartney.

https://www.bargainmusician.com/inc/sde ... it/94/1939

The assembly of the kit looks to be extremely simple, sort of like the Grizzly guitar kits, where the neck is already pre-shaped with the fret board, frets, and truss rod already installed. The body is also pre-assembled, and you're left with the task of applying your finish of choice and figuring out how to put the damn thing together. The instruction sheet is for their entire line of electric guitar kits and therefore unhelpful with your particular model. No illustrations or photographs, and the parts are all jumbled together in a plastic bag, without even a parts list to help you know whether you've got the right parts, or all the parts that you need. The instruction sheet does note that they will email you a wiring diagram for your specific model when asked.

I probably won't be posting many pictures, since I'm a lousy photographer and there really isn't much to show. But I'll try to describe my progress and point out any pitfalls for anybody who wants to try their hand at this kind of kit.
JLT
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Re: Hofner-clone "Beatle Bass" kit from Bargain Musician

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I'm working now on applying finish to the body. Before I did that, I had to scrape the bindings down to level where they had stuck out a little. I also re-cut the head stock to eliminate that characteristic Hofner "wave" and inserted a laser-cut rosette up there, which I've done with most of the stringed instruments I've made.

I'm using the Behlen/Mohawk stringed instrument lacquer with the recommended vinyl sealer on the body of the instrument, and Tru-Oil for the neck.

Another thing: although the instructions said to glue the neck to the body, I've decided to go to a bolt-on neck configuration, since I expect to be taking the thing apart by and by. I'm using a Fender plate-and-screw arrangement. Does that make it a screw-on neck?

As for the electronics, I can't really assess them until the guitar is together, but it seems that if I want to replace it with genuine Hofner parts or reasonable facsimiles, it shouldn't be hard to do.

The instrument appears identical to a lot of the "violin" basses selling on eBay for anywhere from $100 to $200. It also looks like the "Rogue" version sold by Musician's Friend and Sweetwater for around $250. But until I can compare mine directly to one of those, I can't really say how it would stack up to them.
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Re: Hofner-clone "Beatle Bass" kit from Bargain Musician

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looks like a fun kit project. hard to believe you can get all that for $239.
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