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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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1959 HOFNER 500/5 Beatle Bass

Current price: $5995.00
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1964 HOFNER 500/1 "Beatle Bass"

Current price: $4995.00
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Current price: $4807.00
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RARE 1964 1965 VINTAGE HOFNER ELECTRIC BEATLE BASS GUITAR SELMER ORIGINAL CASE

Current price: $4800.00
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2012 Hofner Limited Edition Diamond Jubillee 500/1 Violin Bass GERMANY

Current price: $4700.00
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Mid 60s Hofner Club Bass And Case Owned By Dan Fogelberg w/Documentation

Current price: $3999.99
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Hofner H500/15 Federal Bass Black Limited Release - Made In Germany

Current price: $3999.00
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Brand New Hofner Custom Shop 1961 LTD Cavern Electric Bass Stars and Stripes

Current price: $3920.00
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Hofner Custom Shop Euroburst V62 500/1 Violin Beatle Bass LEFT HANDED

Current price: $3568.00
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Hofner Custom Shop Violin Bass Vintage '62 Surf Green Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: $3499.99
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Hofner H5000/1 Deluxe Violin Bass Electric Bass Guitar (Natural, SN:M0G1G6)

Current price: $3499.99
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Hofner 5000/1 Deluxe 4 String Electric Bass Guitar Natural Finish

Current price: $3499.99
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Hofner Custom Shop Violin Bass Vintage '62 Shell Pink Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: $3499.00
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Hofner 5000/1 Deluxe 4-String Electric Bass Guitar with Original Case

Current price: $3399.00
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Hofner Gold Label Limited Edition Violin Bass in Royal Blue

Current price: $3299.99
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Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Dark Violin Finish Cavern Spaced Pickups

Current price: $3079.00
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Hofner H5000/1-L Deluxe Violin Beatle Bass Natural Blonde Left Handed

Current price: $2999.99
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Hofner Limited Edition 1962 Ed Sullivan Show Left-Handed Electric Bass

Current price: $2999.99
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NEW German Made Beatle Bass Hofner Club Electric Bass Guitar  H500/2 

Current price: $2999.99
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1965 Hofner Beatle Bass, Model 500/1 (#HOF0001)

Current price: $2995.00
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UK ebay listings

1959 HOFNER 500/5 Beatle Bass

Current price: £3991.61
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Time left: 15d 10h 57m
1964 HOFNER 500/1 "Beatle Bass"

Current price: £3325.79
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RARE 1964 1965 VINTAGE HOFNER ELECTRIC BEATLE BASS GUITAR SELMER ORIGINAL CASE

Current price: £3195.95
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Hofner H500/15 Federal Bass Black Limited Release - Made In Germany

Current price: £2662.63
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Hofner Custom Shop Euroburst V62 500/1 Violin Beatle Bass LEFT HANDED

Current price: £2375.66
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Hofner Custom Shop Violin Bass Vintage '62 Surf Green Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: £2330.37
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Hofner 5000/1 Deluxe 4 String Electric Bass Guitar Natural Finish

Current price: £2330.37
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Hofner Custom Shop Violin Bass Vintage '62 Shell Pink Electric Bass Guitar

Current price: £2329.72
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Hofner Guitar German Vintage 61 Cavern Bass Hofner Gtr Products

Current price: £2260.00
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Hofner Guitar German Vintage 61 Cavern Bass L/H Hofner Gtr Products

Current price: £2260.00
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Hofner Bass Violin Bass Vintage 62 Hofner Gtr Products

Current price: £2260.00
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Hofner Bass Violin Bass '62 (NEW) Paul McCartney replica guitar & case H5001620

Current price: £2200.00
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Hofner Bass Club Bass Original Hofner Gtr Products

Current price: £2200.00
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Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Dark Violin Finish Cavern Spaced Pickups

Current price: £2050.07
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Hofner Bass Violin Bass '62 H5001620

Current price: £2034.00
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Hofner H5000/1-L Deluxe Violin Beatle Bass Natural Blonde Left Handed

Current price: £1997.46
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1965 Hofner Beatle Bass, Model 500/1 (#HOF0001)

Current price: £1994.14
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Hofner Bass German Club Bass Original H5002O

Current price: £1980.00
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Hofner "Vintage 62" ReIssue 500/1 Violin Beatle Bass Sunburst LIMITED EDITION

Current price: £1910.25
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Hofner German Made Vintage 61 Cavern Violin Beattle Bass 1961 Reissue 500/1

Current price: £1910.25
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German ebay listings

Höfner Vintage Bass

Current price: €1950.00
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HÖFNER H-500/1-61 Cavern Violin E-Bass + Koffer

Current price: €1799.00
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2010 Höfner Vintage 62 500/1 Beatles Bass LEFTY !!! - Sunburst -

Current price: €1480.00
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Höfner Beatles Bass Bj 1995

Current price: €1475.00
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Höfner Höfner - Violin Bass CT 500/1 GoldTop Contempora

Current price: €599.00
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Höfner Violin Bass 500/1 Contemporary - HCT-500/1-BK - Black

Current price: €599.00
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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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