Hofner 500/1 1962 Re-issue, Liverpool Violin bass, short scale, 30" four string bass :: For sale, UK, On offer, Warwick, Bass Direct


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Hofner 500/1 1961 Vintage Violin bass bass (list £2260)


  1. Export price outside EU - £1082

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  3. B stock with small mark in the finish on the front of the body - see pictures below.

  4. 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 500/1 Vintage 61 Violin Bass takes it's name from the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Opened in 1957 this Club was one of the most important small clubs in Europe for bands trying to make it big in the Beatboom era. In 1960 the first beat night session was held featuring Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with Ringo Starr on drums and by mid 1961 the Merseybeat scene was in full flow with the Beatles and the Cavern Club centre stage. Inspired by the original 1961 model which was purchased by Paul McCartney in Hamburg.

Actual bass shown, please click on images to enlarge:

Handmade in Germany

The Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Höfner and launched at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 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 1887, Höfner's comprehensive range of guitars draws on the firms long-standing success making precision string instruments for musicians. The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney has played a Hofner Violin Bass since 1961 and continues to do so today. The company's superb attention to detail and stylish design has inspired musicians in rock, jazz and all genres for decades. Despite changes over more than 130 years the company is still very much a family firm with strong values for customers and for high quality musical instruments.

Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case with Hygrometer
Fully hollow body
Original '61 Neck profile
Finish: Sunburst
Body Wood Top: Spruce
Wood Back: Flame Maple
Wood Sides: Flame Maple
Centreblock: None
Neck Wood: Flame Maple/Beech/Flame Maple
Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
Scale: 30,/76cm
Nut Width: 42mm
Number Of Frets: 22
Hardware Pickup Neck: Hofner Diamond Nickel
Pickup Bridge: Hofner Diamond Nickel
Weight: 5.3lb/2.8kg


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