1968 Hofner 500/1

Here is a vintage 1968 Hofner 500/1 electric violin bass guitar. Most notably played by Sir Paul McCartney, this iconic hollowbody bass is instantly recognizable to even those whom are not familiar with basic guitar makes or models. This particular example is in very fine 100% all originalcondition, and includes the original hard shell case! Some enthusiasts feel that these later production/2nd generation varieties are actually higher-quality instruments than earlier versions, and having owned many of each variant, I would be inclined to agree. This beautifully intact example also includes an original Ess & Ess formfit hard case in equally fine condition, which makes this a great opportunity to own an amazingly well-preserved Hofner 500/1, and an all around fantastic package.

This Hofner 500/1 violin bass features:
– Violin-shaped body design
– German spruce top
– Figured maple back and sides
– Rosewood fingerboard
– Double-bound body and bound neck
– 512B “Blade” pickups
– Gold silkscreen logo
– Original Ess&Ess form-fit hard case

The bass plays and sounds incredible. Clearly, it features the classic Hofner, rich yet percussive bass tone, but it also has particularly great action. The neck is perfectly straight, which is often not the case, and the low action enables easy playability. The original electronics are in perfect working condition, and all of the switches and potentiometers function without producing scratchy and dirty noises.

The only visible playing wear on the entire bass is some superficial scratches near the control plate. It also displays the stereotypical weather-checking on the face of the instrument, though not serious nor compromising of the clear coat’s structural integrity. The “Western Germany” peghead stamp is apparent, but the silver serial number sticker has long since been removed, as is typically the case.

Absolutely perfect for recording, while also great for those who want a killer sounding bass for live performances, Hofner basses have become an absolute staple in most studios. Hofner basses have often enjoyed the rightful reputation for being great basses for both bassists and guitarists alike, and just an all-around fantastic recording tool, and this one is better than most.