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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 IGNITION CLUB BASS w / Fitted Hofner case.

Current price: $445.00
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Current price: $339.00
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HOFNER VIOLIN BEATLE BASS GUITAR GREAT UK VINTAGE STYLE VIBE with HARD CASE

Current price: $329.99
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1961 Hofner 185 Bass PROJECT

Current price: $185.50
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass Guitar !

Current price: $339.00
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2013 German Made Hofner Bass 500/1 '62 reissue Left Handed

Current price: $1750.00
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Hofner Violin Paul McCartney BEATLE B-Bass HI-Series Bass Guitar w/ Hard Case

Current price: $375.00
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Hofner 500/2 TP Custom Bass for Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, Rick Nielsen

Current price: $20.50

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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Sunburst w/Case 888365190723

Current price: $300.79
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Hofner Icon Series Beatle Bass Guitar

Current price: $200.00
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HOFNER 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL

Current price: $399.99
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass Guitar W/Case!

Current price: $399.00
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Hofner B-Bass HI-Series Right Handed, 4-String Bass

Current price: $149.99
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Brand New Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $329.00
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Hofner 500/2 Club Limited Edition

Current price: $1799.99
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Hofner Hi Series Violin Beatle Bass Guitar - Left Handed With Case And Upgrades

Current price: $299.99
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Hofner 1967 500-1 Bass Original Authentic Vintage

Current price: $1700.00
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Brand New ****LEFTY*** ED SULLIVAN LIMITED EDITION Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $369.00
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New Archtop Bass Guitar Short Tailpiece Bridge Fit Epiphone Viola & Hofner

Current price: $0.99
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"Ideal" Hofner-like Violin Type Sunburst Electric Semi-Hollow Bass

Current price: $200.00
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UK ebay listings

Genuine Hofner 'staple' bass pick up x 1 - used - 1960's

Current price: £45.00
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Hofner HCT Shorty Bass - Black HCTSHBBK

Current price: £149.00
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HOFNER VIOLIN BEATLE BASS GUITAR GREAT UK VINTAGE STYLE VIBE with HARD CASE

Current price: £193.38
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NEW HOFNER SHORTY BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR BLACK MODEL HCT-HSB-BK

Current price: £137.00
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Hofner / Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Ignition Bass Beatles on Sullivan Show

Current price: £234.40
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Hofner Sunburst Violin Bass Beatles Paul McCartney

Current price: £250.00
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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Lefthanded HIBBLSB Guitars,basses,acoustic bass

Current price: £259.00
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Hofner 185 Bass Guitar, 4 string, right handed, white bass

Current price: £170.00
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HOFNER 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL

Current price: £234.40
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Set of 2 Tea Cup Control Knobs To Fit Hofner Violin Bass, Guitar

Current price: £9.55
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Jim Harley HB 40 Hofner Violin Bass 500/1 copy C 1994

Current price: £199.99
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2005 HOFNER HCT 500/1 CONTEMPORARY SERIES VIOLIN BASS GUITAR – BLACK

Current price: £295.00
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Hofner Shorty Bass Guitar Inc Gigbag

Current price: £149.95
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RARE VINTAGE FRAMUS BASS PART. 1960 HOFNER KLIRA FRAMUS ERA PROJECT GUITAR

Current price: £59.00
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HOFNER bass bridge [long version] - used

Current price: £20.00
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Hofner Ignition HI-BB Violin Bass in Sunburst

Current price: £239.00
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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass GUITAR SUNBURST RIGHT HANDED BRAND NEW,hofner

Current price: £217.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass Guitar !

Current price: £198.66
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Hofner Sunburst Violin Bass Ignition, No Pick guard Attached, Case Included

Current price: £230.00
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Hofner HCT President Bass - Sunburst HCT5005SB

Current price: £599.00
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German ebay listings

Höfner Beatles Bass

Current price: €33.50
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Time left: 3d 22h 28m
Höfner Violin Bass Ignition Sunburst - HI-BB-SB

Current price: €269.00
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Time left: 24d 16h 6m
Höfner Bass ca. 60er Jahre an Bastler

Current price: €13.51
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Höfner Beatles Bass 500/1 inkl. Koffer

Current price: €875.00
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Höfner Beatles Bass -original 1966 Bj.

Current price: €745.00
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Höfner E-Bass Guitarre aus den 60ern echtes Vintage Instrument

Current price: €499.00
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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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