Federal Bass

It’s time to go back in time to the 50’s booming huge basses with the Höfner Federal Bass H500/15. 

The Federal bass is a true classic. With it’s 16″ wide body and 5″ depth it is big and boomy, exactly how one would expect it to be. Playing it feels like playing a Contrabass sideways, just pluck those strings and go crazy playing some Elvis. But Elvis aside, it is actually quite a versatile bass, as long as you do not plan to fuzz it up full gain, which can sound cool but will cause some feedbacks.

Arched Spruce top, Maple back&sides, Two iconic toaster pickups and killer looks. True rock’n’roll.

Federal Bass technical specifications

Manufacturer Höfner
Made In Germany
GTIN 14 4250908254425
Manufacturer Part Number H500/15-BK-0
Colour Black
Finish Black
Left-Friendly? No
Left/Right Handed Right Handed
Body Type Hollow Body
Body Shape Family Single Cut
Top Material Family Spruce
Top Material Arched - Solid Hand Carved Spruce
Body Material Family Maple
Body Material Flame Maple
Fretboard Material Family Rosewood
Fretboard Material Rosewood
Neck Material Family Maple
Neck Material Maple/Beech/Maple
String Number 4
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width (inch) 1.65
Scale Length (inch) 30
Pickup Configuration S-S
Pickup Active/Passive Passive
Pickup Brand Höfner
Bridge Pickup Model Toaster
Neck Pickup Model Toaster

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