Installed Zero Fret on the Hofner

There’s another thread that was started for the purpose of discussing the Zero Fret, but it had somehow evolved into a discussion about the merits of different basses. So ,rather than try to get that one back on track, I decided to start my own.

I mentioned in the chat that I had planned to install the Zero Fret on my newly acquired Hofner, and a couple members asked me to take pictures or make a video. So, here it is:

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Just watched your video, Pam @PamPurrs . . . :slight_smile:

Also left you a thumbs up on the Tube

Cheers
Joe

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Nice one @PamPurrs, liked as well :+1:

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Thanks for reviving this topic. Both of my MTDs have zero fret as part of the original build. These have been amazing instruments for me so far, but I was super curious about the install as an aftermarket mod. I might put one on my acoustic or TL5.

Good job with the video!

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That’s great Pam! Now I may actually put one on mine. Hey did you flip the truss rod cover over or did you remove the Hi-Bass writing to make it more authentic looking? And do I see teacup knobs on there already? Coming along nicely!

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I was originally planning to just flip it over, but I discovered that the screw holes are countersunk, so I spray painted several coats of flat black over the Hi-Bass graphic to cover it up.

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Looks good and may be a better option than what the guy did on the backbeat vintage YouTube channel. He buffed it off, but you can see scuff marks. He recently posted his last upgrade retrofitting a German pick guard on his ignition. He is an actual luthier and has better skills than I do, not sure I would attempt what he did. I’m sure you saw his video when he put the German electronics in it too…

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I did see that video, but all I’ve done to it is what you see in the video. Maybe I lucked out and got the German electronics…

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Well done @PamPurrs
Certainly given me the push I needed to follow through on my purchase

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Go for it @mac if a 72 year old granny can do it, so can you :smiley_cat:

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Great video @PamPurrs! And you look comfortable around a camera!

2 comments:
1 - Some bits go to fast for slow readers like myself
2 - It would be nice to have a before & after sound comparison.

I know the 2nd point was not the purpose of the video, but I was (and still am) curious!

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Thanks for the comments @gcancella. I can fix the first one but not the second. It will be on top of my to-do list for tomorrow.

(Yes I’m very comfortable in front of a camera, I’ve done it much of my working years.)

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Here’s a deal @gcancella. My last cover (Heard it in a Love Song) is the before version. My next cover will be the after version. :slight_smile:

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What an excellent deal!

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Great video @PamPurrs, I enjoyed learning more !

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Just great all around. Fun and a job well done!

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@gcancella based on your suggestion, I made some modifications. See how you like it now, please.

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Great presentation Pam, @PamPurrs,:+1::sunglasses:
Cheers Brian

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Yes, it’s way better now! Thanks!

Did you end the video with any cuss word left in the box?

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I actually didn’t need to use any, so I have a whole box ready for my next project.

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