1960s Hofner Club Bass 500/2

Here is a vintage mid-1960s Hofner Club Bass 500/2 electric hollowbody bass guitar. This particular example is in excellent 100% all original condition, and is in perfect structural shape with no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, nor any other issues. The 500/2 Club Bass is remarkably similar to it’s Violin-shaped 500/1 counterpart, and the electronic setup is effectively identical. This makes it the perfect bass for the player who doesn’t want their bass to be immediately associated with the one famously used by Paul McCartney, while being able to achieve the same iconic sound.

This ’60s Hofner Club bass features:

-“Staple” Nova-Sonic Twin Coil Humbucking Pickups (Type 511)
-Archtop single cutaway design
-German spruce top
-2 Piece book-matched figured maple back
-Lightly figured maple sides
-Maple neck
-Rosewood fingerboard
-Double-bound body with 3-ply binding
-Raised Hofner logo

This example is entirely intact, retains all of the original pearloid appointments and corresponding original knobs/hardware. The neck is perfectly straight, the action is low, and the bass sounds incredible. While it is currently strung with roundwounds, flatwounds would be the obvious choice.

This guitar is in excellent condition, though it does displays significant deep weather-checking, which is very typical of these Hofner instruments with a thick clear coat. The neck joint is perfectly preserved and very solid. The most significant issue is that the finish has chipped off on the tip of the headstock, which is a result of the thicker clear coat being compromised.

While Hofner produced an abundance of 500/1 Violin basses to meet the demand of those who wanted their own McCartney bass, the Club Bass was produced in much more limited quantities, and today is incredibly more rare than the Beatle bass.