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Fender Mark Hoppus Bass
The Mark Hoppus Signature Fender Bass
Fender has been producing the Mark Hoppus bass since 2002 now and it was originally available to buy in 3 different finishes; green, daphne blue, and pink.
Unlike the pink guitar that Hoppus often plays live however, the pink Mark Hoppus bass that was available to buy had more of an orangey colouring and so the only way to get the bass in hot pink like Hoppus' is to buy the bass in an alternative finish and have it refinished in hot pink.
The bass has since been made available to buy in a number of further finishes such as white and black, and is currently available in transparent surf green and white blonde.
Read on to find out more about the Fender Mark Hoppus bass, my thoughts on this fine bass, and a video of this little beauty in action.
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Mark Hoppus Bass Review
The Mark Hoppus signature Fender comes with a jazz body and precision bass neck; it's a fantastic mix of the 2 popular Fender bass styes, and really is absolutely beautiful to look at as well as an absolute dream to play.
The bass currently comes in 2 finishes; Surf Green (with a pearl pickguard), and White Blonde (with a tortoiseshell pickguard). Green being my favourite colour, I absolutely love my surf green Mark Hoppus bass, I also own the white blonde model however and have to say that I absolutely love that bass too, even though I'm not usually a huge fan of white basses, so if you're a fan of a white bass then you're sure to absolutely love it.
You can currently buy the bass new from Amazon for around $749, if you don't mind getting the bass secondhand and saving a few dollars however then eBay is certainly another option to consider. I own a number of basses and have bought a lot of them from eBay throughout the years. I've never had a horror story yet; all of the basses that I've bought from the site have played beautifully and arrived in perfect condition. If you've got the money to spend then for sure, do spend the extra bucks to buy the bass new, if money is a little tight however then perhaps give the eBay option a go, and maybe with the money you save you can buy a bit of extra equipment to go with it. One thing to consider though if you are going to pick up a Mark Hoppus bass on eBay is that in the 2011 Mark Hoppus bass model, the pickups have been reversed in order to add brightness to the E and A strings and give an added fullness to the D and G strings. As the owner of both models, I have to say that whilst there is a difference in sound between the 2 basses and the 2011 could be perceived as providing a better sound than the previous model, I don't think the differences are really that huge and therefore probably wouldn't advise basing your buying decision on the model of the Mark Hoppus bass. If you can get the older model for $100 or more cheaper then should you really be splashing out that extra cash for the model with reversed pickups? In my opinion, no. If they are both of a similar price however then yes, I'd probably go for the 2011 model. Whichever bass you decide to go for though you'll be very happy with it, and in my opinion when comparing the 2 models there is no clear out and out winner between the 2.
If you love that punchy Mark Hoppus bass sound then the Fender Mark Hoppus bass is definitely the way to go. It has an absolutely superb sound for pop punk, so if the pop punk sound is the sort of thing you're going for then you can definitely do a lot worse than the Fender Mark Hoppus.
The bass has just the one knob; a volume knob, the good news with this though is that you won't have to worry about accidentally turning any knobs and losing that perfect tone that you found for the bass, the bass itself will always have that same awesome tone, allowing you to use the tweaking knobs on your amp in order to get a versatile mixture of sounds from the bass. I highly recommend pairing the bass up with an Ampeg amp if you really want to get that perfect pop punk tone, and my personal amp of choice is the Ampeg Micro-VR; it has that classic Ampeg tone, but won't cost you an absolute fortune and won't take up half your living space. It's nice and compact, but also cranks out one hell of a sound; most definitely the best money I've ever spent on a piece of music equipment!
All in all I'd have to say that the Fender Mark Hoppus bass is an absolutely brilliant piece of equipment, and if you're not already convinced then check out the video below in order to see the bass in all its glory, live in action!
Fender Mark Hoppus in White Blonde
Ampeg Micro VR Amp
Mark Hoppus Bass in Action
A video from 'KurtsCovers' in which Kurt can here be found playing the track 'Wishing Well' from Blink-182's 2012 'Neighbourhoods' album. You can here hear just how much of a match made in heaven the Mark Hoppus bass and Ampeg Micro VR stack really are.
About Mark Hoppus
Born in California in 1972, Mark Allan Hoppus went on to form the incredibly popular pop-punk band Blink-182 along with Tom DeLonge and original Blink-182 drummer Scott Raynor in 1992. Scott Raynor was later to be replaced as drummer by Travis Barker, Blink-182 has been around for 20 years now however, releasing 6 studio albums in the process.
As well as being a member of Blink-182, Mark Hoppus also played bass and sung in the band +44 which was created when Blink-182 was on hiatus from 2005-2009, and has also contributed to a number of tracks with other artists such as Owl City, The Ataris, and Simple Plan (amongst others). In addition to this, Mark Hoppus has also been in charge of production duties on a number of albums.
Whilst Mark Hoppus has for over a decade now been using his own signature Fender model for much of his live and recorded work, in the early days of Blink-182 he actually used a Musicman Stingray in an array of different colours and the Musicman Stingray was his touring bass of choice.
Mark Hoppus became a father for the first time on August 5th 2002 with the birth of his first child, Jack Hoppus.
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