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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 1967 500/1 Beatle Bass violin shape Original case

Current price: $1050.00
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HOFNER HIBB IGNITION BASS VIOLIN BASS WITH HOFNER GIG BAG

Current price: $324.99
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HOFNER VIOLIN BEATLE BASS GUITAR GREAT UK VINTAGE LOOK with CASE & UPGRADES

Current price: $299.99
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1966 HOFNER Beatles bass Violin w Case & La Bella strings German Vintage

Current price: $881.00
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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 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL

Current price: $309.99
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Hofner Ignition "Union Jack" 500/1 Vintage '62 Bass:

Current price: $305.00

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Brand New ED SULLIVAN LIMITED EDITION Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $369.00
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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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Time left: 23h 13m
Hofner Icon Series B-Bass with Case

Current price: $180.50
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Hofner / Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Ignition Bass Beatles on Sullivan Show

Current price: $389.99
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Brand New ****LEFTY*** ED SULLIVAN LIMITED EDITION Hofner Ignition Bass Guitar

Current price: $369.00
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Hofner Icon Hi series B Bass Violin bass with teacup knobs hard case Near Mint

Current price: $184.50
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Hofner IGNITIONSB Ignition Electric Violin Bass Guitar Sunburst! New! GTSIGNITIO

Current price: $349.99
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Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst

Current price: $2869.99
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Hofner B-Bass Hi-Series with Hard Case

Current price: $199.99

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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar

Current price: $300.00
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Time left: 4d 12h 57m
Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst

Current price: $2869.99
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Hofner "Beatle Bass" Ignition Special Immaculate WHSC, You B Strutin Like Paul!!

Current price: $409.99

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New Hofner Contemporary Violin Beatle Bass Sunburst HCT-500/1

Current price: $879.99
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Time left: 3d 9h 13m
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UK ebay listings

Hofner Shorty Bass Guitar HCT-SHB-BK-0

Current price: £127.00
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Time left: 5d 5h 24m
Hofner Senator Electric Semi Accoustic Bass Serial Number 2383 Dates 1956

Current price: £550.00
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Hofner Violin Bass - CT - Sunburst (HCT-500/1-SB)

Current price: £499.00
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Time left: 6d 9h 26m
Hofner Contemporary Series HCT500/1 Violin Bass Guitar in Sunburst

Current price: £479.00
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Hofner HI-BB-BK Ignition Bass Violin Beatles Bass

Current price: £219.00
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Time left: 16d 2h 34m
Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass Case Strings!

Current price: £255.17
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Time left: 4d 23h 48m
Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Guitar Sunburst Left-Handed HI-BB-L-SB

Current price: £225.00
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Time left: 1d 12h 37m
Hofner Club Bass 500/2 ( Made in Germany ) LTD Ed

Current price: £895.00
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Hofner HCT 'Club' Electric Guitar. Honeyburst Finish. Pics of actual instrument.

Current price: £269.00
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Time left: 7d 9h 36m
Hofner Violin Bass Vintage 500/1 Vintage '61 Sunburst

Current price: £1350.00
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Time left: 8d 6h 13m
Hofner HCT VeryThin CT Semi Acoustic Electric Guitar. Pics of actual instrument.

Current price: £436.50
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Time left: 24d 3h 22m
Hofner Club Bass - Ignition Series in Sunburst, Bass Guitar

Current price: £299.00
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Time left: 2d 8h 7m
HOFNER 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL

Current price: £198.25
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Time left: 5d 16h 57m
HOFNER VERYTHIN BASS GUITAR

Current price: £450.00
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Hofner Ignition Series HI-CA-SB '61 Cavern Violin Bass Beatle Bass W/Strings!

Current price: £216.80
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Time left: 23h 13m
HOFNER 61 CAVERN BEATLE BASS GUITAR VINTAGE STYLE VIBE HARD TO FIND MODEL & CASE

Current price: £243.01
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Time left: 6d 12h 26m
Black Beatle Bass Hofner B-Bass Hi-Series In Case Never Been Used

Current price: £220.00
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Hofner Ignition Violin Bass Lefthanded HIBBLSB Guitars,basses,acoustic bass

Current price: £219.00
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HOFNER VIOLIN BEATLE BASS GUITAR GREAT UK VINTAGE LOOK with CASE & UPGRADES

Current price: £191.85
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Hofner HCT 500/1 BEATLE BASS GUITAR Left Handed VINTAGE STYLE Lefty Be a PAUL M

Current price: £351.73
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Time left: 17h 14m
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German ebay listings

1961 Höfner Hofner Bass Modell 182 Matching Headstock + Orig. Case

Current price: €202.00
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Time left: 1d 11h 58m
Höfner HCT-185 W E-Bassgitarre Longscale -Neuwertig !! Mit OVP

Current price: €219.00
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Time left: 6d 15h 54m
Höfner Violin Bass Ignition Cavern - HI-CA-SB - Sunburst

Current price: €244.00
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Time left: 29d 19h 25m
Höfner Beatles Bass -original vintage 1966 short scale

Current price: €900.00
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Time left: 7d 7h 49m
HÖFNER HCT-SHB-BK Shorty Bass inkl. Gigbag

Current price: €149.00
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Time left: 5d 9h 23m
Höfner E-Bass HI-BB-SB in sunburst Beatle E-BASS Semiakustik UVP: 310.- € NEU

Current price: €244.00
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Time left: 21d 12h 42m
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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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