HOFNER SOLID BODY MODELS

HOFNER 182

The Hofner Model 182 was a solid-body bass made from around 1962 to 1985. It had a solid body, polyester polished sunburst or ruby-colored finish, 2 special bass-sound pickups (182/E2 model), 2 volume controls, 2 tone switches and a rhythm and solo sliding pickup selector. When Selmer distributed this bass in the UK in the early 1960s their catalogs simply called it the Hofner Solid Bass. There was also a single pickup version the 182/E1.

Source: Hofner catalogs 1963 - 1969

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HOFNER 185

Hofner made the 185 bass from around 1962 to 1983. It was a solid body electric bass with polyester polished sunburst or ruby finish. The 2 special bass sound pickups were mutually switchable to that 3 different pickup combinations could be obtained. The 185 had 1 volume and two tone controls - (some had 2 volume & 2 tone controls). This bass was reissued with an updated design and longer scale length as the Hofner HCT 185 bass.

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HOFNER MODEL 183

HOFNER manufactured the MODEL 183 between 1975 and 1983

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HOFNER MODEL 186

HOFNER manufactured the MODEL 186 between 1971 and 1973

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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)

HOFNER manufactured the MODEL 187 (I) between 1971 and 1972

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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)

HOFNER made the MODEL 188 (I) between 1964 and 1970

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
HOFNER 182
1962 to 1985
blue finish, brown finish, ivory finish, red finishsunburst finishGermany4 strings30 inches scale-length
HOFNER 185
1962 to 1983
red finishsunburst finishGermany4 strings30 inches scale-length
HOFNER MODEL 183
1975 to 1983
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HOFNER MODEL 186
1971 to 1973
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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)
1971 to 1972
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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)
1964 to 1970
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ModelPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
HOFNER 182
1962 to 1985
1 pickup selector switch2 tone controls2 volume controls
HOFNER 185
1962 to 1983
2 selector switches2 tone controls2 volume controls
HOFNER MODEL 183
1975 to 1983
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HOFNER MODEL 186
1971 to 1973
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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)
1971 to 1972
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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)
1964 to 1970
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ModelPickups configuration
HOFNER 182
1962 to 1985
2 pickups
HOFNER 185
1962 to 1983
2 pickups
HOFNER MODEL 183
1975 to 1983
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HOFNER MODEL 186
1971 to 1973
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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)
1971 to 1972
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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)
1964 to 1970
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ModelBody shape featuresPickguard material
HOFNER 182
1962 to 1985
double cutawayblack pickguard
HOFNER 185
1962 to 1983
double cutawayblack pickguard
HOFNER MODEL 183
1975 to 1983
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HOFNER MODEL 186
1971 to 1973
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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)
1971 to 1972
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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)
1964 to 1970
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ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markers
HOFNER 182
1962 to 1985
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers
HOFNER 185
1962 to 1983
-bar fingerboard position markers
HOFNER MODEL 183
1975 to 1983
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HOFNER MODEL 186
1971 to 1973
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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)
1971 to 1972
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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)
1964 to 1970
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ModelNeck jointNeck materialNeck widthNumber of fretsTuner layout
HOFNER 182
1962 to 1985
bolt on neckmaple neck1.65 inches wide at nut21 fretfour-in-a-row tuners
HOFNER 185
1962 to 1983
bolt on neckmaple neck--four-in-a-row tuners
HOFNER MODEL 183
1975 to 1983
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HOFNER MODEL 186
1971 to 1973
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HOFNER MODEL 187 (I)
1971 to 1972
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HOFNER MODEL 188 (I)
1964 to 1970
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