Höfner 182, Version 2, 1965

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Instrument: The model 182 came in its first version with set-in neck in 1960 as the first... more
Höfner 182, Version 2, 1965

The model 182 came in its first version with set-in neck in 1960 as the first Höfner solid-body bass on the market. However, this uninspired and unsuccessful design was replaced by the 182-2 as early as 1962. In this design, the bass was then the entry-level model for countless young players and was built virtually unchanged until the mid-1980s - one of the most successful Höfner models of all time. Regardless of the year of manufacture, all 182s have the typical, small Höfner switch plate. But since the model was never a collector's item, most of them today are either hopelessly tinkered with and broken or have long since gone to guitar heaven. Wrongly, because the 182-2 has everything a good bass needs and is technically and in terms of quality very well made. According to the pot codes, our model dates back to 1965.

The body is probably made of alder or ash and is glued in layers. As usual, a veneer of subtly flamed maple is glued on both the top and back. The maple neck is lacquered in black. It has a rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays in eight frets. Open Schaller tuners with creamy white celluloid grips, solid hardware, beautiful tailpiece with Höfner logo, two-ply pickguard.

The basis are two Type 511 Nova Sonic Twin Coil humbucker pickups with double magnets built by Franz Pix. These so-called "Staples" were screwed on virtually every electric Höfner guitar or bass between 1963 and 1967 and are now legendary. The circuit, made famous around the world by the Violin Bass, has two separate volume controls, on/off switches, and a tone selector switch, but in the rhythm position it only cuts the treble, making it basically useless. Nevertheless, it really doesn't need more for varied bass sounds à la Höfner.

Instruments history:
Largely unknown. We took over the bass in 2022 as part of a small Höfner collection. There it stood unplayed for about the last ten years and even before that it was certainly not often used.

Restoration work:
Complete cleaning, all paint surfaces have been extensively bale polished. A few tiny scratches and dimples were carefully retouched and sealed. The fingerboard was stripped and oiled, the fretsticks polished. We also polished the hardware. The tuners we disassembled, cleaned and re-oiled. Finally, a new set of Pyramid strings were installed and a setup was done.

Current condition:
This 182 should have had a rather quiet living room life as well as being treated with care. Considering its almost 60 years, it is in excellent condition with very few wear marks. There are a handful of small, superficial lacquer cracks on the body, but no other damage. The neck including fretboard and fretsticks is flawless and like new, all nickel finishes are perfect and not even on the pickguard there are significant plectrum marks. The playability is new-age pleasant with low string action, operation and handling simple and intuitive, we immediately felt at home on this beautiful instrument. In terms of sound it is a typical Höfner, but very versatile and with the bridge pickup even crisp slapping sounds succeed. In this wonderful original condition, there are probably not many 182s left in the world, making it a beautiful collector's item, but also a great player with much more spirit than any new mass-produced bass.

Overall length 41.7”/106 cm; body length 18.1”/46 cm; lower bout width 12.6”/32 cm; waist width 8.7”/22 cm; upper bout width 11”/28 cm; body depth 1.2”/3 cm; scale length 30”/76,5 cm (nut to saddle); fingerboard width 1.7”/4,3 cm at nut, 1.9”/4,9 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 3.270 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm (adjustable).

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