Hofner 500/1 “Greenline”  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 “Greenline” (list £2515)

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For over 20 years Höfner has been producing the Green Line range of classical guitars. The H500/1-HGL bass is the first electric guitar to be added to the Green Line range.

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Tel: 01926 886433

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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.


One of our aims with this instrument has been to eliminate as much plastic as possible and to use an environmentally friendly finish whilst retaining the looks and sound of the iconic Violin Bass. To this end the plastics used in the headplate, truss rod cover, heel plate, nut, pickup surrounds, scratchplate, dot markers and body binding have all been replaced with non-endangered walnut wood. The tuners and buttons are now metal which can easily be recycled. We replaced the ebony bridge with one crafted from walnut. The bass is finished in a light wax coat which is not poisonous to the environment and also very easy to repair should that be needed in the future.

Perhaps the biggest change we have made is with the fingerboard. For this we have also used walnut to replace the traditional rosewood (which is now on the CITES list as an endangered species). We have tested the walnut and believe that it provides equally good tone, wear and playability.

The idea of recycling a guitar may seem a little odd and we are not expecting you to recycle your bass very soon, in fact we hope you will keep it and use it for many, many years. But there will come a time, be that long into the future, when its useful life has ended and it needs to be recycled. With almost no plastics this bass can more easily be recycled than most traditional electric guitars. We think this is important and we believe that you do too.



Violin Bass  Green Line






Body Shape - Violin Bass

Wood Top - Spruce

Soundhole  - None

Wood Back - Flame Maple

Wood Sides - Flame Maple

Binding Top - None

Binding Back - None

Binding Sides - Walnut

Centerblock - None


Wood - Flame Maple

Construction - 3 Piece (Maple/Walnut/Maple)

Headstock Shape - Hofner Violin Bass

Logo and Artwork - Script laser cut with wooden insert

NeckJoint - Violin Bass Set Neck

Joint At - 16th Fret

Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret - 21mm

Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret - 24mm

Heel Cap - Walnut

Fingerboard Wood - Ist series composite material. 2nd series Walnut

Scale - 30" / 76cm

Nut Width - 42mm

Width At 12th Fret - 48mm

Inlays - Ist series pearl dots. 2nd series walnut dots.

Binding - None

Side Dots - Yes

Number of Frets - 22

Bridge Material - Walnut

Type - Hofner Fretted


Tuners - Enclosed metal tuners

Tuner Buttons

Metal - Tailpiece

Hofner Trapeze Nickel

Nut Material - Walnut

Pickguard - Walnut

Pickup Neck - Hofner Blade H513B

Pickup Bridge - Hofner Blade H513B

Potentiometer Knobs

Walnut laser cut

Electrics - 2 * volume, 1 * tone.

Strings - Hofner Flat Wound


Action Bass String at 12th Fret - 3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret - 2mm