The Hofner Violin Bass is one of the most iconic instruments of all time, with Sir Paul McCartney’s consistent use of the 500/1 since his days in the Beatles. John and George even used Hofner Club 40 and President models in the early days, likely because American instruments were expensive and hard to come by across the pond. The company still produces guitars today and at attractive price points. Have a spot of tea and pick up one of these British darlings.