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Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass

Hofner produced the 500/1 ‘Beatle Bass’ for many years, long before it had any association with The Beatles or Paul McCartney. Though it became an impractical design for stage use during the Stage Volume Wars, it’s kept a place in lower volume venues and as stage volumes drop to reasonable levels, is coming back into vogue. It’s a very comfortable, good sounding instrument.

Today we are fortunate to be viewing the Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass, a rare and interesting model.

For Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, only 60 were made by Hofner and available in the USA. This Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass featuring a maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, classic Hofner violin bass body, in the 1962 configuration as used by Paul McCartney during early Beatles tours. Carved spruce top, arched flame maple back, flame maple sides. This Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass sports a custom Union Jack finish for the Queen’s 2012 Jubilee year. The top has the red white and blue Union Jack, while the sides, back and neck use a clear untinted finish showing off the whiteness of the maple.


Sir Paul McCartney played this Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass at the Jubilee Concert in London on 4th June 2012. The concert was part of a week long celebrations in the UK to mark 60 years as the monarch for The Queen. Paul headlined the concert, coming on at the end to play three songs. On the final song, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, he switched from his regular Hofner bass to one specially made for the concert, this Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass was finished with Union Jack on the top. The audience certainly appreciated the appearance of the bass right at the end of the concert. Later Paul was photographed with the Royal Family holding the bass.

Besides, Tom Petersson also has a Hofner Violin Bass in Union Jack finish, the bass that Tom Petersson has was finished by the Hofner Custom Shop in Chicago, which was set up by CMI. The painter who did the work is Kevin Jennings, and he has painted many other Hofner instruments, including the Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass that was used by McCartney at the Jubilee celebration. The original version is finished in a transparent blue on the neck, rims and back, in addition to the flag on the front. The white areas on the flag are actually the natural finished body top contrasting with the red and blue lacquer. Note the "Cavern" spacing of the two Type 511B Staple pickups. Here are pictures to show you the differences. 

This Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass plays very well and the lightness is a real treat! It offers those wanting to own one of the world's iconic guitars the chance to do so, this is a unique opportunity to own an incredibly rare Hofner Violin Bass Guitar! Both versions as above are Available in our custom shop!



Why we want to build this Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass?


Reason 1: Build for our customers who order this Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass from us!

Reason 2: The original Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass is much more expensive!

Reason 3: Just Tribute. This beautiful collectible Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass is a MUST for all fans and music lovers!  Great idea for gifts! 


Why buy this Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass from us?


Key point 1: Same


We will build this Hofner Union Jack Ignition completely according to the design drawing, to ensure the accuracy of the body shape, neck shape and other plates' shape on guitar, as well as every part's position, not only by pictures in your hands, you also have to pay lots of attention to details and handle the details for a good luthier. We provide only the best quality of guitars to our customers. Every guitar is carefully handcrafted by talented artists to its supreme details. So the Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass will look like the original. 

For example, below are basic plan drawing and specs of the Hofner Violin Guitar Six String we made, listed here for reference. 

This guitar is also Available from us:


Body wood: Spruce Top, Maple Back and Sides

Neck wood: MapleFretboard: Rosewood

Construction: Bolt On, Inlays: Stars 

Scale Length: 30'', Frets: 22, Pickups: HH

Controls: Hofner Style Pearl Panel

Bridge: Rosewood Material, Tailpiece: Trapeze Style

Finish: Gloss Sunburst, String: D'Addario, Hardware: Chrome Hardware


More actual photos of our Hofner Violin Guitar Six String to show you the details.





Key point 2: Cheap


Our guitar has very high cost performance ratio. All our guitars are 100% Hand-made by our highly skilled craftsman. And our customized guitars are pricing in a very reasonable price range, only $$$only a quarter of other custom shop price or even cheaper, it is the lowest price you ever find to customize a guitar, that is really a great deal! Please contact us for the specific price to build the Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass.


Key point 3: High Quality


The best guitar deserve the best guitar stand! We provide the best quality of stand to enhance the beauty of guitar presentation. Every stands are made from high quality wood and metal to replicate the original guitar stand.


Key point 4: We can modify the parts on the Hofner Ignition Union Jack Bass.


As a professional guitar custom shop, we are able to make all kinds of guitars in any style. 

You don't like the original wood, Ok, let us change!

You don't like the original set up, Ok, let us change!

You don't like the original color, Ok, let us change!

You don't like the original guitar ......, Ok, let us change!


If you - our future customer like to customize a Hofner Union Jack Ignition Bass with your personalized elements added, such as your autograph, or any other somethings you like, never hesitate to send us, we would like to make as you want!






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