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Hofner 500/1 Beatle bass
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Hofner bass guitar 500/1
The Beatles
This 1967 Vox advertisment shows George Harrison and Paul McCartney - with his Hofner violin bass
Hofner guitar catalog
The guitar and bass catalog of the same year shows Paul Mcartney, with the quotation, "Hofner is just great".

The Hofner 500/1, also known as the Hofner violin bass, or Beatle bass, was first produced in 1956. Hofner had made violins and guitars for many years in Germany, but it wasn't until Gibson produced its EB bass in 1953 that the idea of a violin-shaped bass guitar was realized. Hofners version, the 500/1 came out in 1956, and thanks to the endorsement of Paul McCartney of the Beatles, Hofner became the manufacturer syonomous with violin basses, despite Gibsons earlier effort, and great instruments form Vox, Eko and others

The following description comes from the 1967 Hofner guitar catalogue

A crowning achievement! A lightweight acoustic instrument shaped like a violin and tuned G, D. A, E like the last four strings of a guitar but an octave lower. The small acoustic body is perfectly proportioned and has arched spruce top and maple back in shaded brown, highly polished. The narrow neck is carefully made with comfortably fast 30" scale and fitted with rosewood fingerboard, celluloid bound.

The 2 microphone pickups are built on the double pole, double coil principle for greatest effectiveness. The control plate has 2 volume controls and 3 slides for quick blending and selection. Handle the 500/1 once and you'll understand why it has become the first choice of so many performers

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Hofner basses for sale


US ebay listings

Hofner Ignition "Union Jack" 500/1 Vintage '62 Bass: BNIB *Last 1 available!*

Current price: $203.50

Time left: 7h 30m
Brand New ED SULLIVAN LIMITED EDITION Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $369.00
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Time left: 2d 19h 38m
70's Hofner Left-handed Beatle-style Bass Guitar

Current price: $820.00
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Time left: 8h 20m
Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: $339.00
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Time left: 1d 7h 52m
HOFNER 500/5 (SUTCLIFFE) BASS W/UP-GRADES

Current price: $749.00
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Time left: 1d 6h 2m
2003 German made HOFNER 500/1 '63 REISSUE BEATLE BASS

Current price: $1500.00
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Time left: 2d 27m
1962 RE-ISSUE HOFNER BASS GUITAR LEFT HANDED PAUL MCCARTNEY

Current price: $1600.00

Time left: 2d 5h
HOFNER B BASS HI SERIES VIOLIN BASS

Current price: $250.00
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Time left: 28d 5h 52m
Hofner 5000/1 custom shop German bass. Hofner 500/1

Current price: $1700.00

Time left: 2d 9h 50m
Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Beatle Bass Guitar Case and Strings!

Current price: $369.00
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Time left: 4d 5h 31m
HOFNER SHORTY BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR BLACK MODEL HCT-HSB-BK

Current price: $175.00
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Time left: 4d 21m
HOFNER 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL & CASE

Current price: $379.99
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Time left: 6d 1h 1m
Original Hofner Violin Bass 500/1v62 *Made In Germany* *Beatles* *McCartney*

Current price: $1415.25

Time left: 4d 23h 52m
Hofner B-Bass HI-Series Violin Bass Guitar w/ Case

Current price: $349.00
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Time left: 5d 22h 35m
Hofner Beatle Violin Icon Ignition 4 string right handed bass guitar w ohsc

Current price: $247.50
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Time left: 5d 20m
Vintage Circa Late 70's Hofner 500/1 German-made Violin Beatle Bass

Current price: $1500.00
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Time left: 12d 17h 30m
Hofner 500/2 Club Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst NO RESERVE

Current price: $1599.00
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Time left: 5d 5h 9m
New Hofner Contemporary Violin Beatle Bass Sunburst HCT-500/1

Current price: $879.99
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Time left: 5d 21h 55m
HOFNER HI-CB-SB-O CLUB BASS GUITAR GREAT UK VINTAGE VIBE SUNBURST Flame Back

Current price: $299.99

Time left: 6d 5h 35m
Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar

Current price: $300.00
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Time left: 28d 2h 19m
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UK ebay listings

Hofner Ignition Violin Electric Bass Guitar HIBBSB - Sunburst.

Current price: £229.00
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Time left: 13d 20h 12m
Jim Harley HB 40 Höfner Violin "Beatles" Bass, flame top, 1994

Current price: £92.99
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Time left: 2h 1m
Hofner Shorty Bass Guitar HCT-SHB-BK-0

Current price: £127.00
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Time left: 8d 19m
Hofner Violin Bass - CT - Sunburst (HCT-500/1-SB)

Current price: £499.00
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Time left: 29d 22h 49m
Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar Sunburst HI-BB-SB

Current price: £217.00
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Time left: 1d 20h 50m
Hofner HCT Contemporary Club Bass with hard case

Current price: £280.00
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Time left: 3h 8m
Hofner Club 60 Style Electric Guitar Used

Current price: £199.00
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Time left: 24d 22h 27m
NEW HOFNER SHORTY BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR BLACK MODEL HCT-HSB-BK

Current price: £127.00
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Time left: 4d 20h 10m
Hofner Violin Bass Vintage 500/1 Vintage '61 Sunburst

Current price: £1450.00
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Time left: 1d 19h 35m
Hofner Contemporary Series HCT500/1 Violin Bass Guitar in Sunburst

Current price: £479.00
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Time left: 21d 17h 11m
NOS Hofner BASS guitar bridge [type 2]

Current price: £39.00
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Time left: 4d 21h 38m
Hofner Style 6 String Guitar Replacement Pickup Chrome NEW

Current price: £19.01
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Time left: 2d 19h 21m
HOFNER B BASS HI SERIES VIOLIN BASS

Current price: £158.98
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Time left: 28d 5h 52m
hofner violin bass Hi series a few weeks old and hardly used

Current price: £195.00
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Time left: 22d 18h 50m
Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Beatle Bass Guitar Case and Strings!

Current price: £234.66
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Time left: 4d 5h 31m
Hofner guitar/bass body decal-restorations/projects/rebuilds

Current price: £13.00
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Time left: 6d 15h 58m
Hofner HCT VeryThin CT Semi Acoustic Electric Guitar. Pics of actual instrument.

Current price: £485.00
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Time left: 17d 16h 44m
Hofner B-Bass Hi-Series Ignition Violin Bass Black

Current price: £280.00
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Time left: 29d 19h 51m
Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: £215.58
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Time left: 1d 7h 52m
Hofner HCT 500/1 BEATLE BASS GUITAR Left Handed VINTAGE STYLE Lefty Be a PAUL M

Current price: £349.76
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Time left: 1d 5h 8m
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German ebay listings

Höfner Violin Bass 500/1

Current price: €225.00
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Time left: 2d 22h 12m
E-Bass Höfner Shorty BK E Bass Bassgitarre NEU

Current price: €129.00
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Time left: 24d 20h 3m
HÖFNER HCT-SHB-BK Shorty Bass inkl. Gigbag

Current price: €149.00
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Time left: 28d 22h 46m
Höfner Violin Bass Ignition Cavern - HI-CA-SB - Sunburst

Current price: €244.00
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Time left: 22d 9h 8m
Schönes großes Poster Sir Paul McCartney und sein Höfner Beatlesbass

Current price: €1.00
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Time left: 3d 51m
Höfner H500/1 Cavern Bass

Current price: €2149.00
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Time left: 28d 23h 6m
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There are 1 comments on this article so far. Add your comment
Petri Hukkanen Comment left 20th June 2012 19:07:10
My friend is 1963 HOFNER MODEL 500/1 LEFT-HANDED BASS GUITAR.For sale.????

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