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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 500/1 Vintage '63 Electric Bass Guitar NO RESERVE

Current price: $1799.00
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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 500/2 Club Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst NO RESERVE

Current price: $1599.00
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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 Club Bass, Rare

Current price: $1000.00
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Brand New ED SULLIVAN LIMITED EDITION Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $369.00
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Vintage~ German Made ~ Hofner 12 strings Guitar serial #59396

Current price: $329.00
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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Sunburst w/Case 888365266770

Current price: $300.79
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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 HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Sunburst Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: $339.00
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HOFNER 500/1 '63 REISSUE BEATLE BASS

Current price: $1750.00
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Hofner Ignition Series Vintage Violin Bass Sunburst 888365265353

Current price: $279.99
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1964 Original Hofner Beatle Bass Guitar with Original Case and Leather Strap

Current price: $3500.00
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Brand New Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar and Case

Current price: $349.00
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Hofner 500/2 Ltd Ed Club Bass - Tuxedo Black

Current price: $1799.99
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Hofner Club Bass Guitar C-Series

Current price: $350.00
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Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Excellent - Made in Germany - beatle classic tone

Current price: $1750.00
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New Hofner Contemporary Violin Beatle Bass Sunburst HCT-500/1

Current price: $879.99
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Hofner 500/2 Club Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst No Reserve Auction!

Current price: $1900.00
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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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UK ebay listings

HOFNER IGNITION B BASS HI-SERIES VIOLIN BASS – BLACK WITH HARD CASE

Current price: £195.00
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HOFNER IGNITION B BASS HI-SERIES VIOLIN BASS – VSB WITH HARD CASE

Current price: £180.00
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Hofner HI-BB-BK Ignition Bass Violin Beatles Bass

Current price: £219.00
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Hofner Violin Bass - CT - Sunburst (HCT-500/1-SB)

Current price: £499.00
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Hofner HCT Cavern Violin Bass Sunburst New

Current price: £588.99
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1965 Hofner Violin " Beatles " Bass Guitar + Original CASE MAde in Germany

Current price: £1199.00
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Hofner HCT Galaxie Short Scale Bass - Blue *D HOFNER CHINESE

Current price: £279.00
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hofner violin bass Immaculate Beatles Swap Epiphone Les Paul Or Dot Considered

Current price: £220.00
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Hofner Contemporary Series HCT500/1 Violin Bass Guitar in Sunburst

Current price: £479.00
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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass GUITAR SUNBURST RIGHT HANDED BRAND NEW,hofner

Current price: £223.00
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HOFNER HI-FI guitar/bass bridge cover #1

Current price: £20.00
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hofner beatle bass

Current price: £400.00
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New Hofner Contemporary Violin Beatle Bass Sunburst HCT-500/1

Current price: £544.92
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-BB-SB Violin Bass Beatle Bass Guitar Case and Strings!

Current price: £228.50
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NEW HOFNER SHORTY BASS ELECTRIC GUITAR BLACK MODEL HCT-HSB-BK

Current price: £137.00
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HOFNER HI-FI electric bass/guitar bridge cover #2

Current price: £20.00
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Hofner Violin Bass Vintage 500/1 Vintage '61 Sunburst

Current price: £1450.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass Case Strings!

Current price: £247.07
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Vintage Circa Late 70's Hofner 500/1 German-made Violin Beatle Bass

Current price: £866.93
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HOFNER 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL & CASE

Current price: £235.30
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German ebay listings

Harley Benton Bass Höfner-Kopie BeatlesBass

Current price: €30.00
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Time left: 2d 3h 37m
Höfner Galaxie Bass Solidbody E-Bass Short Scale mild blau GLXB OR LB

Current price: €299.00
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Höfner HI-BB Ignition Violin Bass Beatles Bass Sunburst Fichtendecke Humbucker

Current price: €269.00
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Höfner Violin Bass 500/1 Contemporary - HCT-500/1-SB - Sunburst

Current price: €554.00
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Höfner Ignition Beatles Bass inkl.Koffer

Current price: €52.00
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HÖFNER HOFNER HOEFNER BEATLES BASS ViNTAGE GERMANY 1968 BASS GUiTAR TOP RARE

Current price: €2421.00
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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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