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Hofner 500/8BZ, B500/8BZ, 500/6 and 185-S basses

1967 Hofner 'fine professional guitars and electric basses' catalog page 3

1967 Hofner electric guitar and bass catalog - page 3. This page shows three electric-acoustic basses: the Hofner 500/8BZ, B500/8BZ (both with in-built fuzz and bass-boost effects), and 500/6. One solid-body bass is shown, the Hofner 185-S.

1967 prices quoted for these instruments were as follows: 500/8BZ $450; B500/8BZ $465; 500/6 $325; and 185-S $275.

1967 Hofner Fine Professional Guitars And Electric Basses catalog, page 3: Hofner 500/8BZ, B500/8BZ, 500/6 and 185-S basses
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1965 Hofner Club Bass 500 / 2 Sunburst with Case

1965 Hofner Club Bass 500 / 2 Sunburst with Case

Franklin, Ohio, 450**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Hofner 500 / 2 ClubExcellent 100% Beautiful sunburst. With gorgeous flamed maple. First year. Very light weight. Excellent action and very easy to play. Guitar has been professionally cleaned and setup with new flat wound strings. We love the Club bass over the violin Beatle bass. If these would have been available in 1962 Sir Paul would have surely picked the Club bass Safely packed. World wide shipping
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1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass

1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1965 Hofner 500 / 1 Violin body Beatle Bass, Amazing sounding ??Staple??pole piece pickup, individual tuners, Raised logo, Nice light weight, Fun toplay, VG+, NSSC
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Hofner H500 / 1-61L Cavern Club 61 Violin Beatle Bass, Left-Handed w /  Case & Tags

Hofner H500 / 1-61L Cavern Club '61 Violin Beatle Bass, Left-Handed w / Case & Tags

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a left-handed Hofner H500 / 1-61L ??Cavern Club?? ?61 vintage reissue bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case, factory paperwork and hangtag. The H500 / 1-61 features all the hallmarks of Hofner's early violin bass design, as seen played by Paul McCartney in The Beatles?? formative days
A genuine German-made Hofner and the highest tiered example offered, this Cavern Club bass features a flat, ... more
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Vintage 1966 Hofner Beatle Bass 500 / 1

Vintage 1966 Hofner Beatle Bass 500 / 1

Round Rock, Texas, 786**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here's a beautiful example of a well-aged 1966 Hofner Beatle Bass. All original with the vintage case, this one is unique in having a sleek, black finish on the neck. It plays extremely well and recording with it produces the sound this bass is known and loved for.
All electronics / pickups work and sound great! The neck is also remarkably straight for it's age. Set up by Kurt Viles guitar tech with flat-wounds, it's ready for any show or recording session. There are some knicks and ... more
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Hofner 185 Artist Bass Guitar 1964-1965 Polished Sunburst W Original Case

Hofner 185 Artist Bass Guitar 1964-1965 Polished Sunburst W Original Case

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 191**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Dates of manufacture: 1962 to 1983Hofner made the 185 bass from around 1962 to 1983. It was a solid body electric bass with polyester Polished Sunburst or ruby finish. The 2 special bass sound pickups were mutually switchable to that 3 different pickup combinations could be obtained. The 185 had 1 volume and two tone controls - (some had 2 volume & 2 tone controls). This bass was reissued with an updated design and longer scale length as the Hofner HCT 185 bass
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Mint "2013" "Epiphone Viola"  Looks New with "HOFNER MODIFICATIONS"

Mint "2013" "Epiphone Viola" Looks New with "HOFNER MODIFICATIONS"

Riverside, California, 925**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have a Beautiful 2013 "EPIPHONE VIOLA" in absolutley "PRISTINE CONDITION" This Bass has been modified to " HOFNER SPECS " . I had this Bass a bit overhauled for "THE BEATLES" enthusiast. I had a "HOFNER GERMAN TAILPIECE put on, a "HOFNER BRIDGE" a "HOFNER NUT" "HOFNER TUNING PEGS" put on "LABELLA FLATWOUND STRINGS" put on, and had the EPIPHONE CONTROL PANEL, (volume and tone controls) into 250k just like "THE HOFNER " . It has been completely set up and ready to do it's duty. I thought ... more
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Hofner Contemporary HCT Bass with OHSC

Hofner Contemporary HCT Bass with OHSC

Florence, Arizona, 851**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Offered here is mint, like-new Hofner Contemporary HCT Bass guitar with deluxe custom padded and fitted Hardshell Case. I purchased these brand new from Barry Clark Music in 2022. Serial Number is X0128Y124. While I cannot find a good source for Hofner serial number dating, per my experience this would indicate that it was manufactured in China in 2021. Again, it was brand new when I purchased it. I have gigged with it twice and it has had no other use
The bass has new D?? Addario ENR70 long... more
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Hofner Beatle Bass Contemporary Series New in Box!

Hofner Beatle Bass Contemporary Series New in Box!

Saint Cloud, Florida, 347**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hofner Beatle Bass!Contemporary Series!New in Box See Pix!Excellent condition!
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1960s Hofner copy Beatle vintage bass guitar Univox or Tiesco

1960s Hofner copy Beatle vintage bass guitar Univox or Tiesco

Hopewell, New Jersey, 085**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is a nice Hofner copy of the Beatle Bass Paul used. We believe it to be a Univox or Teisco 1960's. Electronics all work however the tone just has a little static noise when you turn it volume works great and so does the tone other than that drop of static while turning (probably a very good electronics cleaning is in order). There are a few extra screw holes in the headstock some shown in pics. There is a ding on the fingerboard shown in pics at the 4th fret. Selling as is with the ... more
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Original Hofner 1961 violin 500 / 1 Cavern bass guitar McCartney Beatles with Case

Original Hofner 1961 violin 500 / 1 Cavern bass guitar McCartney Beatles with Case



A very rare and very early original 1961 Hofner 500 / 1 violin "Cavern" Beatle bass. A real one with a flat back!An original beatle bass though this of course is right handed. Lovely to hold and so light. A real treasure
Complete with all original Hofner parts and electronics all native to this bass. Comes with it's original 1961 Jakob Winter black case with green lining. The exact same case Paul had in Hamburg and in Liverpool until replaced by a Selmer tweed one in 1963. All clips and ... more
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Original Hofner 1962 1963 violin 500 / 1 bass and Case McCartney Beatles specs

Original Hofner 1962 1963 violin 500 / 1 bass and Case McCartney Beatles specs



A very rare and original 1962 / 3 Hofner 500 / 1 violin Beatle bass with it's original "Winter" case with original blue lining!
Complete with all original Hofner parts and electronics
Date stamped inside the body 13th April 1962
5177 Van Wouw serial number stamped on the top edge of the head-stock date this to being sold in early 1963
Proper McCartney / Beatles specs including an original extra long "curved" Tail piece
Flat wound La Bella Strings are near new and sound ... more
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Vintage 1962 Hofner 500 / 5 Stuart Sutcliffe Brunette Electric Bass Guitar w /  Case

Vintage 1962 Hofner 500 / 5 Stuart Sutcliffe Brunette Electric Bass Guitar w / Case



Vintage 1962 Hofner 500 / 5 Stuart Sutcliffe Brunette Electric Bass Guitar w / Case
I purchased this beauty from the original owner, who had had it since 1962. It came to me in great condition, but required a neck reset as most of these old Hofners do. This one dates to 1962 and comes with a nice new brown hard case to keep it safe. The pickups work great and sound awesome - classic Hofner thud. This model was made famous by Stuart Sutcliffe. In great cosmetic condition as you can see, with ... more
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Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass 1973-74 - Sunburst

Hofner 500 / 1 Violin Bass 1973-74 - Sunburst



eBay Store Design by Visualsoft Home About Us Our Feedback Shop Categories Keyboards Electric Guitars Acoustic Guitars Drum Kits Bass Guitars Guitar ... more
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Hofner 1964 Senator Vintage Bass Guitar - Brunette Sunburst Made in Germany

Hofner 1964 Senator Vintage Bass Guitar - Brunette Sunburst Made in Germany

Nottingham, NG3***, UNITED KINGDOM


For sale is a beautiful Hofner Senator Bass, I believe dating from 1964
Well played and loved - but all original, save for 2x replaced knobs, and the commonly replaced jack
input (pictured)
Beautifully naturally aged finish, with signs of playing wear and dings - but no breaks, or significant damage. No evidence of a neck reset or similar, with a good neck angle, playing very nicely.
Electronics just serviced by Fontaine Guitars (Nottingham), playing wonderfully, with a ... more
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Vintage Hofner (Germany) 1960 182  / 311 Bass Guitar - Cherry Glow - Rare

Vintage Hofner (Germany) 1960 182 / 311 Bass Guitar - Cherry Glow - Rare

Nottingham, NG3***, UNITED KINGDOM


For sale is a rare Hofner 182 (also listed as the 311 model) Solid Bass, dating from 1960
Only available for an incredibly brief period, originally listed for 40 Guineas in the 1960 Hofner catalogue.
Made in Germany during a wonderful period of Hofner??s history, a pioneering solid body bass featuring 2 closely spaced pickups, a set neck and a gorgeous ?Cherry Glow?? finish
Specs include:
- 2x original Hofner Germany bass pickups
- Cherry Glow finish
- Original bridge ... more
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Hofner 185 bass three knobs, rare 1966-67

Hofner 185 bass three knobs, rare 1966-67

italia, ITALY


Hofner 185 bass, tre pomelli molto raro, il quattro pomelli precedente è molto più comune, il pickup al ponte è stato riavvolto, il jack femmina sostituito, aggiunto un cavo massa, viti battipenna sostituite, potenziometri 250k236=1966, basso molto vissuto, da collezione e suona benecredo costruito 1966-67, credo perché questi pickup la Hofner ha smesso di produrli nel 1967, con custodia rigida non originale.... more
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Holyhead, LL65***, UNITED KINGDOM


Extremely rare and a nice part of history Hofner GV6 Amplifier from 1964, in perfect working order and for it's age in great condition, slight damage to the grill cloth in a couple of places but a new / old stock piece of grill cloth will be supplied with the amplifier if the new owner wishes to re-cover. This valve amp is15watts output. These amplifiers were manufactured for Hofner between 1961-66 by a company called Eben in Munich, production after this went to Schaller. Still has it's DIN... more
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needs repair
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* inside length=108 cm
* width=31, 5 cm
* THIN wood construction
* has wear around the edges and some damage at headstock end=check pic 5
* green felt interior, has some wear
* all latches are working fine
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Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

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1965 Hofner President

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1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

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