Hofner 500 '62 Violin 'Beatle' Bass Guitar Black

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Hofner H500 '62 Violin 'Beatle' Bass Guitar

PRE-OWNED This guitar is pre-owned, in great condition with tag still attached. Call us on (02) 4626 6876 or visit us in-store at Shop 25-26 City Arcade 156-166 Queen Street, Campbelltown, NSW, 2560 to inspect for yourself! All trade-in guitars are checked and given a full setup and service. Trade-in instruments also come with three months warranty.

Violin Bass handmade at Höfner, Germany. Reissue of a bass made for Paul McCartney in 1963 (hardcase included). The Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Hofner and launched at the Frankfurt Music Messe in 1956. It has since gone on to become one of the most recognisable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound.

This model is inspired by a bass made in August 1963 for Paul McCartney. Two piece neck, two-on-a-strip tuners and unbound neck. Fully hollow body. Original '63 Hofner neck profile. For the fully authentic look and sound of the early 1960s this is the bass.

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.


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
Shape: Violin Bass

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Pickups: Hofner Staple Nickel

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Neck: Flame Maple
Fretboard: Rosewood
Frets: 22
Scale: 30" (76cm)
Inlays: Pearl Dot

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Finish: Sunburst

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