Höfner Budge Magraw signature bass - 500/15 "Federal" Bass :: For sale, UK, On offer, Warwick, Bass Direct Paul McCartney, The Beatles, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Warwick


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Höfner Budge Magraw signature 500/15 "Federal" Bass (30”)

£1950 free UK/EU shipping

(List price £2795)

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 Budge Magraw signature bass - the 500/15 "Federal" Bass.

Available from the beginning of 2014 the new Höfner 500/15 "Federal" bass signature model offers players the chance to own a full depth hollow body bass coupled to a fast slim neck.

With a solid spruce top, dual Höfner "Toaster" pickups, extra long tailpiece and a thin coat black gloss finish this is a stunning looking and sounding bass.

 Designed with UK bass player Budge Magraw of The Cesarians to offer a deep and loud bass with the ability to "really growl" as Budge described it.

Only 12 pieces have been produced. 11 available including 1 in left handed.

The Federal bass combines modern playability with the looks and coolness of 50s rock’n’roll. Created as a signature model for Budge Magraw of The Cesarians who wanted a large bodied bass but with the playability of the Violin Bass. It features a deep 5” (12.cm) body with arched spruce top and maple back and sides gives that authentic Höfner growl. Finished in stunning Hi-Gloss black.

Short scale maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays and vintage style tuners add to the 50s vibe. Two Höfner ‘Toaster’ pickups with volume and tone controls. Raven black finish. Includes case.


Federal Bass Black Finish

Model:  H500/15-BK-0

Body Shape:16" Jazz

Wood Top Arched - Solid Hand Carved Spruce

Soundhole : Traditional F-Hole (2)

Wood Back Arched - Solid Hand Carved Flame Maple

Wood Sides: Flame Maple

Binding Top: Black / White / Black

Binding Back: Black / White / Black

Binding Sides: White

Centerblock None


Neck Wood

Flame Maple / Beech / Flame Maple

Construction: Three Piece

Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass

Logo and Artwork:Script 

Neck Joint: Federal Bass Set Neck

Joint At 16th Fret

Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret: 21mm

Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret: 24mm

Heel Cap: White


Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood

Scale: 30"/76cm

Nut Width: 42mm

Width At 12th Fret: 48mm

Inlays: Pearl Dots

Binding: White

Side Dots: Yes

Number Of Frets: 22


Bridge Material: Ebony

Type: Hofner Fretted



Top: Black

Body: Black

Neck: Black



Tuners: Single Nickel

Tuner Buttons: Plastic

Tailpiece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel - Long

Nut Material: Plastic

Pickup Neck: Hofner Toaster

Pickup Bridge: Hofner Toaster

Potentiometer Knobs: Black

Electrics: 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone

Strings: Hofner Flat Wound



Action Bass String at 12th Fret: 3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret: 2mm

 Bassist with dark art-house band “The Cesarians”

Formerly the bassist with the ironically named London band “Gretschen Hofner” and now dark art-house band “The Cesarians”

Budge Magraw was born and raised in Poole in Dorset, England, and has been based in London for around 25 years now, scratching together a living playing bass sessions for various artists before meeting Justine Armitage of Gretschen Hofner and joining as their bassist, before she left and formed The Cesarians a few years later with her husband Charlie Finke from the band “Penthouse”.

Johnny Dark wrote:  “The spirit of rock & roll has hauled himself out of bed. He's called up his demons, put on his best black suit, and returned to the city's dark places. His new playmates are The Cesarians.

 Not since The Birthday Party crashed and burned in Berlin, have the twisted sounds of old style decadence been pumped so intensely through distorted amplifiers. London scenesters looking for a scene free of recycled rock, have found expression in The Cesarians cabaret world.

Had rock and roll been born in 1930's urban Europe, and not 1930's rural America, it would have been like this; part Kurt Weil, part Jacques Brel, part Ernst Kirchner, part Klezma. Looking like a band formed in the mind of George Grosz, The Cesarians capture the urban zeitgeist via the junk shop instruments of old Europe . In their hands, a clarinet, trombone, piano, and drums beaten in waltz time, make raw and raucous rock and roll.

Over this beautiful chaos Charlie Finke preaches his own intense message. "I wanna be a woman" he screams on his knees, the grease in his Weimar haircut forming a quiff. The Cesarians are playing the city's night clubs. Rock and roll's demons are loose.”


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