EKO was at the forefront, and within 2 years they were shipping over 10,000 electric guitars to USA per year.
For most North American kids, including myself, their first guitar was an EKO or some Japanese import. these were all too expensive for our parents to buy for us.
Suddenly, electric guitars were #1 on every kids Christmas list.
I have owned many Domino Californian’s over the years (the VOX Phantom copy). Domino made one of the better quality reproduction guitars in the late sixties.
The Spartan pickguard was autographed by Edwyn Collins.
Two aluminium vertical adjustment wheel on threaded mountings were originally fitted between the base and main body of the pickup, (see plastic cased bar pickup below), but unfortunately these are missing from this example.
The centre of the pickup has been hollowed out, and five bar magnets surrounded by a hand-wound coil are fitted inside.
This was the first pickup designed by Walter Hofner, the father of the Hofner Violin Bass.
Probably the most desirable pickup with collectors.
If you have a bass that you think would be suitable please get in touch.
I can offer more than your local music shop and help with transportation PART EXCHANGES I’m always happy to take in part exchanges.
Serial Numbers are the most accurate method of arriving at an old Hofner's date of manufacture - that is providing it is a Selmer distributed guitar; the European and US market guitars didn't get meaningful serial numbers until 1976.