Hofner 500/1 'Beatle Bass' - Germany 1962
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The Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Hofner and launched at the Frankfurt Music Messe in 1956. It has since gone on to become one of the most recognisable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound.
The Hofner Violin Bass has become one of the most iconic musical instruments ever designed thanks to its most famous user, Paul McCartney. So strong is the association that the bass is affectionately known as the 'Beatle Bass'.
The sound of a Violin Bass is unlike any other bass. When used with flatwound strings it produces a distinctive deep and penetrating thud not unlike an upright double bass. This sound can be used to emulate those pop sounds of the 1960s or slightly overdriven in a modern rock band to provide a deep driving bass. It is also commonly used today in studios for recording bass lines for dance music. It has also seen increasing use in reggae bands where a deep driving bass is always wanted. Despite being one of the smallest basses available it easily produces massive bass lines and is remarkably versatile.
Back and Sides: Flame Maple
Tailpiece: Trapeze Nickel
Shape: Violin Bass
Scale: 30" (76cm)
Inlays: Pearl Dot
Unlike McCartney's, this is a right handed bass. It has been played professionally for nearly 40 years whilst in possession of the current owner. The guitar is well worn in, and shows some signs of cosmetic wear as to be expected with years of gigging. There are some scratches and dings on the body of the guitar but nothing too offensive. The neck is in fine shape, with hardly a nick on it, and plays wonderfully. The original pickguard has been removed for authenticity, but is supplied in the case and comes with the sale. The tuners have been replaced, with three of the original tuners available in the case as well.
There has been a repair to a split in the heel of the neck which would require more attention to maximise playability.
This Hofner 500/1 looks the goods, sounds incredible and plays like you would expect a professionally played guitar would. A lot of history packed into this fine instrument - a very lovely guitar!
Comes with its original hard shell case.