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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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US ebay listings

Hofner 500/2 Club Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst NO RESERVE

Current price: $1599.00
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Hofner Ed Sullivan Beatle Bass

Current price: $299.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: $339.00
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Hofner Beatle Bass guitar

Current price: $250.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: $339.00
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Hofner Ignition "Union Jack" 500/1 Vintage '62 Bass (Limited Edition) + hardcase

Current price: $599.00
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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Sunburst w/Case 888365266763

Current price: $300.79
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Vintage~ German Made ~ Hofner 12 strings Guitar serial #59396

Current price: $329.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Beatle Bass Guitar Case and Strings!

Current price: $369.00
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New Guardian Vintage Hardshell for Hofner 500/1 Beatle Bass

Current price: $75.00
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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Sunburst 888365263601

Current price: $279.99
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Hofner Contemporary Club Bass 500/2 Cherry Red VG condition

Current price: $425.00
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Hofner 500/1 Vintage "BEATLES BASS" Electric Bass (with Case)

Current price: $2999.95
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass Case Strings!

Current price: $399.00
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Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Electric Bass Guitar NO RESERVE

Current price: $1799.00
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Hofner Ignition Bass w/ HSC

Current price: $349.00
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Hofner Violin Bass HCT 500/1-SB Sunburst B-Stock with Case and Warranty

Current price: $699.00
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Brand New ED SULLIVAN LIMITED EDITION Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $369.00
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Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Excellent - Made in Germany - beatle classic tone

Current price: $1850.00
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Brand New Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar and Case

Current price: $349.00
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UK ebay listings

NEW HOFNER SHORTY BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR BLACK MODEL HCT-HSB-BK

Current price: £137.00
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Höfner Ignition Beatles Bass VSB left handed

Current price: £41.00
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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass GUITAR SUNBURST RIGHT HANDED BRAND NEW,hofner

Current price: £223.00
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HOFNER IGNITION B BASS HI-SERIES VIOLIN BASS – BLACK WITH HARD CASE

Current price: £195.00
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Hofner HI-BB-BK Ignition Bass Violin Beatles Bass

Current price: £219.00
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Hofner Senator Bass 1962 Amazing Original Conditon

Current price: £332.00
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Hofner HCT Galaxie Short Scale Bass - Blue *D HOFNER CHINESE

Current price: £279.00
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HOFNER STYLE VIOLIN BASS CASE in BLACK

Current price: £48.00
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Hofner Violin Bass - CT - Sunburst (HCT-500/1-SB)

Current price: £499.00
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Time left: 2d 10h 25m
Hofner HCT Cavern Violin Bass Sunburst New

Current price: £588.99
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VINTAGE 1960s EKO VIOLIN BASS (HOFNER LOOK-A-LIKE) GOOD BUT A LITTLE WORK NEEDED

Current price: £125.00
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Hofner Ingnition Violin Bass. Sunburst . Short scale for easy playing.

Current price: £249.00
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Hofner Contemporary Series HCT500/1 Violin Bass Guitar in Sunburst

Current price: £479.00
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hofner beatle bass

Current price: £400.00
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Hofner Ignition Violin Electric Bass Guitar HIBBSB - Sunburst.With Free Strap !!

Current price: £269.00
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GENUINE 1963 HOFNER VERITHIN DOUBLE-CUTAWAY BASS GUITAR IN CHERRY RED

Current price: £350.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Beatle Bass Guitar Case and Strings!

Current price: £230.16
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: £211.45
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass Case Strings!

Current price: £248.87
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Time left: 3d 8h 43m
Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: £211.45
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Time left: 1d 8h 26m
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German ebay listings

Höfner Verythin Bass CT HCT-500/7-SB

Current price: €305.00
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Time left: 5h 56m
Höfner Violin Bass Ignition Cavern - HI-CA-SB - Sunburst

Current price: €269.00
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Time left: 17d 8h 39m
Höfner Club Bass Contemporary - HCT-500/2-SB - Sunburst

Current price: €599.00
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Time left: 2d 13h 37m
-------Höfner Galaxie E-Bass Short Scale--------

Current price: €200.00
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Beatles-Bass war mal eine Johsonn!!!!!!! jetzt Höfner

Current price: €61.00
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Time left: 1d 12h 57m
Höfner HI-BB Ignition Violin Bass Beatles Bass Sunburst Fichtendecke Humbucker

Current price: €269.00
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Time left: 28d 6h 39m
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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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