This is a vintage 1968 Hofner 500/1 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, serial number 59308, is in very fine 100% all original condition, even including the original flat wound strings! Some enthusiasts feel that these later production/2nd generation varieties are actually better quality instruments than earlier versions, and having owned many of each variant, I would be inclined to agree.
This Hofner 500/1 violin bass features:
-Violin shape body design
-German spruce top
-Figured maple back and sides
-Double-bound body and bound neck
-512B âBladeâ pickups
-Gold silkscreen logo
-Original form-fit soft case
-Original flatwound strings
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 belt buckle wear on the back, which goes through the clear coat finish, but not into the colored application beneath. 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.