Hofner HI-BB Violin 'Beatle' Bass Guitar Black

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Hofner HI-BB Violin 'Beatle' Bass Guitar

Hofner’s best selling classic electric bass guitar, the ‘Beatle Bass’, Ignition Series, in Black. Taking a lead from their 1970’s Violin Bass models, the Ignition Violin Bass guitars from Hofner let you get your hands on an iconic guitar. This model has a fully hollow body and of course comes with the famous Hofner control panel, wooden bridge and Hofner style tailpiece. 

The sound of a Violin Bass is unlike any other bass. When used with flatwound strings it produces a distinctive deep and penetrating thud not unlike an upright double bass. This sound can be used to emulate those pop sounds of the 1960s or slightly overdriven in a modern rock band to provide a deep driving bass. It is also commonly used today in studios for recording bass lines for dance music. It has also seen increasing use in reggae bands where a deep driving bass is always wanted. Despite being one of the smallest basses available it easily produces massive bass lines and is remarkably versatile.

History

The 500/1 Violin Bass was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Muiskmesse in 1956. It has been in continuous production ever since. Designed by Walter Höfner, as an alternative to the upright double bass, it fulfilled this aim and much more. It leapt to worldwide fame when Paul McCartney was seen playing one with The Beatles in the early 1960s. Today the 500/1 is offered in a number of models from the budget Ignition version through to the handmade German built re-issues and specials. Its short scale (30in) and ultra lightweight body has found favour with many professionals over the years.
 

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Top: Spruce
Back and Sides: Flame Maple
Binding: White
Tailpiece: Trapeze Nickel
Tuners: Nickel/Pearl Buttons

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Pickups: Hofner Ignition Staple Nickel


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Neck: Maple
Fretboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22
Joint: Set neck
Inlays: Dot

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Finish: Black