Hofner 500/1 62 F 1962 Mersey Violin bass Fretless four string short scale (30") bass :: For sale, UK, On offer, Warwick, Bass Direct, London, Manchester, Birmingham, USA Paul McCartney, Beatles bass


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Hofner 500/1 62 F 1962 Mersey Violin bass Fretless (30") bass


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  3. Export price outside EU £1792

  4. Based on Paul McCartney’s 1962 Violin Bass, the ’62 bass has delighted Hofner aficionados by replicating details of the original. For example, the “strip” machine heads, the slot-head screws on the hardware, and the two-piece neck are authentic touches that connect this instrument to an earlier time. In the Vintage ’62 Höfner has created a replica of Paul’s bass historically accurate enough to satisfy even the most demanding Beatles fan. Authentic replica of the '62 model which Paul still plays live on stage today. Original '62 neck size for sustain and playability.

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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.

Inspired by a bass made for Paul McCartney in 1963. Fully hollow body. Original Höfner '63 neck profile with 2 piece neck. Original “Staple” pickups. Also available in left-handed version.

Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.



Instrument: Violin Bass 


Model: H500/1-62-F-0

Body Shape - Violin Bass

Wood Top - Spruce

Soundhole  - None

Wood Back - Flame Maple

Wood Sides - Flame Maple

Binding Top - Black / White / Black

Binding Back - Black / White / Black

Binding Sides - White

Centerblock - None


Wood - Flame Maple

Construction - Two Piece

Headstock Shape - Hofner Violin Bass

Logo and Artwork - Script 

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 - White Pearl

Fingerboard - Ebony


Scale - 30" / 76cm

Nut Width - 42mm

Width At 12th Fret - 48mm

Inlays - Pearl Dots

Binding - None

Side Dots - Side markers for fretless

Number Of Frets - 0 - Fretless


Material - Ebony

Type - Hofner Fretted


Tuners - Strip Nickel

Tuner Buttons - Plastic

Tailpiece - Hofner Trapeze Nickel

Nut Material - Plastic

Pickguard - White Pearl

Hofner Staple Nickel - Pickup Middle

Pickup Bridge - Hofner Staple Nickel

Potentiometer Knobs - Gold top

Electrics - Hofner Pearl Panel

Strings - Hofner Flat Wound

Approximate Weight Kg - 2,1


Action Bass String at 12th Fret - 3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret - 2mm

Includes Hofner Hard Case with Hygrometer


Tel: 01926 886433

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