01-H500/1-HGL-0, HOFNER ‘GREEN LINE’ VIOLIN BASS, WALNUT PICKGUARD, TONE-KNOBS, FRETBOARD, BRIDGE & NUT, HANDMADE IN GERMANY, WITH DELUXE CASE
The Hofner H500/1-HGL violin bass is handmade in the Hofner workshops at Hagenau, Bavaria, Germany using the finest tonewoods and materials available.
- LIMITED EDITION HOFNER GREEN LINE VIOLIN BASS
- ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDY PLASTIC FREE INSTRUMENT
- WALNUT PICKGUARD, FRETBOARD, BRIDGE, NUT
- PICKUPS: HOFNER BLADE H513B
- ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WAX FINISH
- OUTFIT INCLUDING DELUXE CASE, HOFNER STRAP & CLEANING CLOTH
- CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY INCLUDED AND SIGNED BY LUTHIER
From Hofner, Germany:
For over 20 years the Green Line range consisted only of Classical guitar models. This is now changing as we have added electric models also. Currently there is a guitar and a bass. We had seen images of the huge amount of waste plastics in our oceans and wanted to do something about this. Both of these guitars have virtually eliminated the use of plastics, so gone is plastic from binding, headstock fascia, truss rod cover, knobs, scratchplate, pickup surrounds, side dots, fret markers. – all have been replaced by wooden parts that use sustainable non-threaten species. Even the headstock logos are made of wood! They are finished using a special wax, environmentally friendly, tough and safe (as used on childrens toys).
That we are a manufacturer that places great emphasis on sustainability can be seen from the fact that we have been producing and marketing for over 20 years a Green Line range. The range began with instruments of the HGL Guitar Series which are made exclusively from domestic (European) tonewoods and painted in an environmentally friendly way.
Perhaps the biggest change we have made is with the fingerboard. For this we have also used walnut to replace the traditional rosewood (which is now on the CITES list as an endangered species). We have tested the walnut and believe that it provides equally good tone, wear and playability.
Careful use of precious resources, minimization of CO2 emissions and harmful aerosols has been Hofner policy for decades. We use heat recovery systems for the dust exhaust and our heating is from wood shavings and sections. We largely avoid kiln drying preferring to air dry our woods in our own wood stores. Recently we invested in an extensive thermal insulation of our buildings. We paint almost exclusively with traditional natural resin varnish and thinner and their ingredients are safe for the environment.
We also make sure that all woods that are used in our manufacturing here in Hagenau come exclusively from the sustainable timber industry. We have made it our mission to only use suppliers who can supply us exclusively with certified wood.