Thanks to Paul McCartney and the Beatles, the Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass shot to stardom and has since become a legendary instrument -- it's even been called the "Beatles Bass." First produced in the late '50s by the German company Hofner and then distributed to the U.K., the 500/1 has been in production until today, its unique, violin-like body shape inspiring the design of many others. Its semi-hollow body and hot, blade-style pickups are just a few of the parts that make up the singular Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass.

Product Specs

  • 500/1 Violin Bass
  • Sunburst
  • 1963 - 1974
Made In
  • Germany
Body Shape
  • Violin
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Number of Strings
  • 4 String
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed

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  • Hofner 66 Beatle bass

    Verified Purchase

    These vintage Hofners are really fantastic. Easy to play especially if you are both a guitarist and a bass player. The short scale makes going from one to the other easy. Using the neck pick up mostly you get a deep bass that is similar in sound to a String Bass. And of course you get the Beatl…