"Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by mgeek » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:56 pm

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found this incredible neck repair looking at hofners on ebay

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Somewhere on my computer I've got a folder called 'fucked Hofners', cos I realised so many turn up it's worthy of a Tumblr.

I think they sold so many in the UK/Europe that they got taken for granted, but they are really nice guitars. At any given time there are at least a couple of Verithins with humbuckers routed into the top kicking about... I've seen loads

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by joeSG100 » Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:03 pm

mgeek wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:56 pm
joeSG100 wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:35 am
found this incredible neck repair looking at hofners on ebay

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Somewhere on my computer I've got a folder called 'fucked Hofners', cos I realised so many turn up it's worthy of a Tumblr.

I think they sold so many in the UK/Europe that they got taken for granted, but they are really nice guitars. At any given time there are at least a couple of Verithins with humbuckers routed into the top kicking about... I've seen loads
amazing i need to see these pictures! i have a senator and apparently the glue they used on the neck joint dries out and crumbles on most of them which is what happened to mine

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by mgeek » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:11 am

joeSG100 wrote:
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amazing i need to see these pictures! i have a senator and apparently the glue they used on the neck joint dries out and crumbles on most of them which is what happened to mine


Also the solder they used inside most of their pickups corrodes and eats away at the coil. Pretty much any metal covered Hofner pickup from like, '61- to... 68(?) or so has either been rewound or it's just a matter of time. I've had a V3, Verithin and a single pickup senator and out of those 6 pickups, only one didn't need rewinding .

I guess in the 70s and 80s people were just like... uh the pickups are broken I'll dig some holes in the top and stick shit korean humbuckers on there.

Here are some 'favourites'

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These are nice guitars, they don't deserve this! If you put holes in a Hofner semi top for some other type of pickup you've basically ruined it.

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:51 am

Erm... ??? ...what the hell is going on with the back of that neck?
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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by mgeek » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:23 am

My guess is that they tried to thin it down and hit the truss rod cavity :fp:

Sometimes with these mods I feel like letting a toddler with a hammer loose on them would have resulted in less damage

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Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:08 am

Maybe they were pioneering the all-new Y-shaped neck profile! ;D
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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by MrFingers » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:01 am

That last one... the more you look at it, the worse it gets!

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by mgeek » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:30 am

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That last one... the more you look at it, the worse it gets!
yeah comprehensively ruined.

The twelve string flat top bridge isn't even in the right place! intonation point is most likely between the points of the f holes

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Post by joeSG100 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:43 am

these are incredible lmao

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by mgeek » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:14 am

There's a total plague of it

My biggest bugbear is routing the tops. Hofner semis have surface mounted pickups it's not like routing a solid body for a humbucker where it's a bit sad but can be hidden...it fundamentally alters the construction and sound of the guitar




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Post by Zork » Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:19 am

Ouch! :'(

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by s_mcsleazy » Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:25 am

yeah. from what i've seen. hofners (except the violin basses) tend to get the poor mods.
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Post by gusgorman » Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:21 am

MrFingers wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:01 am
That last one... the more you look at it, the worse it gets!
yeah was anyone still playing it when it reached that state ??? ;D

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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by will » Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:13 pm

Hey!

Everybody!

Stop selling your feet!!!


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Re: "Why did you do it? Why did you do this thing to me?"

Post by will » Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:14 pm

Also, get that Rickenbacker outta yer groin!

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