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Unlike the interior of your first car, the vinyl on this 172 still looks sharp.

Photo courtesy of L’instrumenterie, Baptiste Zermati, Villeurbanne, France (

Dig into the weird wiring of the Hofner Beatle Bass and 172 guitar.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage! In this column, we will have a look at the famous HA2B control-panel wiring from the German Höfner company (often written as “Hofner” without the German umlaut). The control plate became famous on the Höfner violin bass—the model 500/1 that was released in 1956 and is often referred to as the “Beatle Bass” because of Paul McCartney.

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