Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar

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An iconic bass with a slim neck and warm, woody tone.

The Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar has a slimmer neck profile than previous year models. White celluloid neck binding also distinguishes the V64 from the other German made violin basses. The light weight of the fully hollow body will be appreciated after a long night's playing. Includes Hofner case.

In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for a violin shaped semi-acoustic bass. Launched at that years Frankfurt Music Show, his idea revolutionized popular music and with continuous production from 1956 this bass is one of the few guitars available today that can trace it's origins back to the very beginning of rock 'n' roll.

Many players revere Hofner's Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone. For a detailed chronology of the Violin Bass' role in the British Invasion, check out Backbeat Books Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage To Studio (SKU#H64162). The Hofner Violin Bass is a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that simply eludes most ordinary basses.

Includes case.

  • Authentic replica of the '64 model
  • German spruce top
  • White celluloid neck binding
  • Flame maple back and sides
  • 2-piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mother-of-pearl dots fretboard inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 30" scale length
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Ebony bridge
  • Brass tailpiece
  • Floating celluloid pickguard
  • 2 'Staple' humbucking pickups
  • Electronics: 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Antique-brown sunburst finish
  • Case included

Don't accept imitations: order the real Hofner Violin Bass today.

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Not only for Beatle fans


from Calgary, AB, Canada

About Me Professional Musician


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    Some people think this bass is only used for Beatle songs, but I'll tell you that it's not. It can be used in whatever songs you want as long as YOU like the sound, and I love it. The sound is warm and short because of the hollow body, meaning it's not capable of making long sounds, which I think is plus because it means I have to be creative and experiment with the notes. The neck is thin which I love because it's comfortable and easy to play, I love the vintage style; the knobs, colour, switches, etc., and (just a fun bit here) I love how there's a "Hofner" way to put on the strap. Overall it's an amazing bass, great way to experiment notes, and if you're a Beatles fan (like me) then get, if not then still get it.

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