Hofner 500/1 Violin “Vintage Toaster” bass, short scale, 30" four string bass :: For sale, UK, On offer, Warwick, Bass Direct, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bass Direct, Paul McCartney, Beatles


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Hofner 500/1 Violin “Single Pickup” (list £2699)

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A limited edition of just 12 basses that are inspired by a bass made to special order back in 1957. We have one available on a very special offer!

In 1957 a special order was placed at Höfner for a Violin Bass with only one pickup. This was produced and delivered and appears to be the only example of such a bass. We have now produced a limited run of 12 basses that replicate that original instrument from 1957. With a single black bar pickup, oval control panel and antique violin finish these basses are a must for all collectors and enthusiasts of the famous 500/1 Violin Bass series.

Actual bass shown, please click on images to enlarge:

Tel: 01926 886433

Nine months interest free credit on up to £5000 on Instrument purchases! For UK residents aged between 16 and 25.


Handmade in Germany

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.

Founded in 1864, Hofner's comprehensive range of guitars draws on the firms long-standing success making precision string instruments for musicians. The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney played a Hofner Violin Bass, and the company's superb attention to detail and stylish design has continued to inspire both rock and jazz musicians to this day. Despite the numerous changes over 125 years the company is still strongly a family firm with strong values for customers, and for high quality, musical instruments.

Based on the original 1962 Hofner model. Fully hollow body. Original Hofner '62 neck profile for added sustain and playability. Also available in left-handed version.

Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.



Shape; Violin Bass

Wood Top - Spruce laminate

Soundhole  - None

Wood Back - Flame Maple lamintae

Wood Sides - Flame Maple laminate

Binding Top - Black / White / Black

Binding Back - Black / White / Black

Binding Sides - Black

Centerblock - None


Wood - Flame Maple / Beech /Flame Maple

Construction - Three Piece

Headstock Shape - Hofner Violin Bass

Logo and Artwork - Vertical text

Neck Joint - Violin Bass Set Neck

Joint At - 16th Fret

Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret - 21mm

Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret - 24mm

Heel Cap - Black


Wood - Rosewood

Scale - 30"/76cm

Nut Width - 42mm

Width At 12th Fret - 48mm

Inlays - Pearl Dots

Binding - None

Side Dots - None

Number Of Frets - 21


Material - Ebony

Type - Hofner Fretted


Top - Vintage Sunburst

Body - Vintage Sunburst

Neck - Vintage Sunburst


Tuners - Single Nickel Rugby Ball

Tuner Buttons - Plastic

Tailpiece - Hofner Trapeze Nickel with badge

Nut Material - Plastic

Pickguard - Tortoiseshell

Pickup Neck

Hofner Black Bar

Pickup Middle - None

Pickup Bridge - None

Potentiometer Knobs - Gold top

Electrics - Hofner Tortoiseshell Oval Panel special

Strings - Hofner Flat Wound


Action Bass String at 12th Fret - 3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret - 2mm