Hofner Senator bass

Hollow body electric bass

1965 Hofner Senator bass, from the 1965/66 Selmer catalogue

Selmer Senator - All the Best Groups Base Themselves on Selmer British advert by Selmer featuring a number of basses distributed by them in 1968. Basses by Hofner, Hagstrom and Fender. From 35 guineas (Hofner solid-body) to 255 guineas (Gibson EB2)

Model Hofner Senator bass
Pickups One "Nova Sonic" humbucker
Body Laminated spruce top. 20 1/4" long, 16 1/2" wide, 2" deep.
Neck 24 frets. Single dot position markers. Width at nut "
Hardware 1 volume and 1 tone control

The Hofner Senator bass, and it's two-pickup sibling, the Hofner President bass were both well known in the garage bands of mid 1960s Britain. European instruments were far more widely played anyway, and Hofner had a great reputation for hollow body and semi-acoustic electric basses, which were very much in demand at this time. These basses were distributed in the UK by Selmer, who also distributed hollw-body basses such as the Hagstrom Viking bass which was twice as expensive, and the Gibson EB2, which cost six times as much as the Hofner Senator.

A single cutaway, short scale hollow body bass. Just one pickup at the neck and a floating bridge.

The following description comes from the 1965/66 Selmer catalogue

A follow-up to the popular Senator Electric. Fitted with adjustable bridge and the "NOVA-SONIC" double pole, double coil pickup for the ultimate in sensitivity. Exclusive "slenda-nek" gives faster playing action, and the internal truss rod allows adjustments to be made to the neck. Efficient, smooth working machine heads. Beautifully finished in brunette sunburst with mother-of-pearl dot inlaid fingerboard. A lovely instrument with a full rich sound.

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jomohobo Comment left 12th June 2012 22:10:01 reply
Interesting to see that old advertisement. Was the Senator 'officially' available in the US or is this a UK-only model. I know some made it here, but were they ever for sale in US stores