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Created under the aegis of Walter A. Hoyer, the great-grandson of the company's founder Franz Hoyer, under whom the brand reached a very high level of quality until 1977. The shape of the model 5054 copies, of course, the famous Gibson SG Bass, but technically goes its own way with its Blades single coil pickup from the Schaller factory.
The body is made of maple, beautifully flamed on the top and back respectively, which is easy to see under the transparent sunburst lacquer. The neck is made of one piece throughout and is made of the intricately made and indestructible beech multi-laminated wood. The fingerboard is made of wonderful East Indian rosewood and has dot inlays and pearloid side markers on six frets. The Hoyer lettering in the black lacquered headstock is genuine mother of pearl. The chrome (not nickel!) plated hardware is solid and of the best quality. Four large, open bass tuners.
The basis is a Schaller single coil, comparable in construction to the legendary Höfner Blades pickup. In addition, a volume and a tone control and the standard jack socket. Simple, intuitive and completely sufficient.
All that is known is that the bass spent the last 25 years as an unplayed wall hanger. Before that, however, it has certainly experienced quite a bit, as evidenced by the playing marks on the edges of the body.
Complete cleaning. All lacquer surfaces were slightly retouched and extensively bale polished, two old drill holes in the headstock were closed. The tuners and all hardware were disassembled, polished, and the tuners re-oiled. We carefully stripped the fingerboard and fretsticks, oiled the fingerboard, polished the fretsticks. We cleaned the controls, which were scratchy and a bit resinous when we received them. Finally, the bass got a new set of Pyramid roundwounds and a basic setup.
What a tremendous rock bass! The Hoyer appears completely timeless despite its 55 years. The sound is strong, powerful, crisp, the pickup has full power. Here goes actually everything in styles, up to slapping. At the same time, the bass plays easily and pleasantly, thanks to 2 mm string spacing at the 12th fret, thick jumbo frets and a modern contoured neck. The condition is again almost perfect, everything is stable and works perfectly. Fretsticks and fingerboard are like new. Still, five and a half decades have left a few marks: Small scratches on the edges, a small worn through spot where the thumb rests on the pickup cover, a few dings here and there, and two old drill holes in the headstock, presumably from a dealer's tag. All perfectly harmless and part of the beautiful, genuine patina, but almost nothing for 55 years of rock history. Hoyer SG basses are very rare to get, in this condition practically not at all anymore.
Overall length 41,7”/106 cm, body length 15.4”/39 cm, lower bout width 13.4”/34 cm, waist width 8.3”/21 cm, upper bout width 10.6”/27 cm; body depth 1.4”/3,5 cm, scale length 29.9”/76 cm (nut to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,3 cm at nut, 2.1”/5,3 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 3.730 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.
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