Hofner 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)
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, appearing in price lists from late 1963 up until 1971. Selmer also distributed hollow-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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