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Hofner 500/1 Vintage '62 Electric Bass Guitar with Bullet Case
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In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was brought to life, his idea revolutionized popularmusic. Many playe...Read More
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A re-creation of the famous Beatle bass.
In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was brought to life, his idea revolutionized popular
music. Many players revere Hofner's Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone. The Hofner Violin Bass is a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that simply eludes most ordinary
Based on Paul McCartney's 1962 Violin Bass, it replicates details of the original including
the "strip" machine heads, the slot-head screws on the hardware, and the 2-piece neck. These are authentic touches that connect this instrument to an earlier time. In the Vintage '62 Hofner has created a replica of Paul's bass historically accurate enough to satisfy even the most demanding Beatles fan.
- Selected German spruce top, back and sides of selected flamed maple
- 2-piece maple neck
- Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets
- Mother-of-pearl dots
- Scale: 30" (76cm)
- Neck width at nut: 1-5/8" (42mm)
- Machine heads: Hofner 61/74B (2 on a strip)
- Hofner 72/20B ebony bridge with movable metal saddles for perfect intonation and string spacing
- Hofner 62/30 trapeze tailpiece, brass
- Hofner 65/36-P floating celluloid pickguard, pearl
- 2 Hofner 511B "Staple" humbucking pickups
- Hofner A2-B: Control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
- Nickel-plated hardware
Reviewed by 5 customers
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I am 26 and have been gigging exclusively with this bass for a year and a half now. I gig one to three times a week, indoors and outdoors, big and small clubs. I tend to play the bass pretty hard- no slapping, but some hard plucking when I really get into a song i.e. fast blues walks and funk. I have to say, this guitar sounds and plays fantastic. I couldn't possibly be happier with it. It's reliable, it rarely goes out of tune (thanks in part to the hard shell case), and it's light and comfortable. I have only made minor adjustments to the fretting height in the past year and a half. I also purchased the genuine Hofner strap and polish- very good investment. I didn't have to drill into the bass to attach the strap, it is designed to wrap around the base of the neck where it attaches to the body. The bass tone is phenomenal- I have never heard another like it. It doesn't have very much sustain- kind of like an upright but a little longer. It also plays well out of just about every amp or PA I have run it through.... clean, deep, and punchy if I want. The strings feel like they are made of silk- after some research it turns out they are hand wound Pyramid Gold pure nickel flats.... E string is only .95... very light gauge, easy to play with my fingers or with a pick. Other than the fret wear, these strings should last a while (I've read stories about guys seriously keeping them on for decades), and they seem to sound better with age. I'm still happy with the originals myself. There are lots of other little things to list- the strings are closer together which makes both picking and plucking much easier once you get used to it. Rosewood fret board..... mother of pearl pick-guard, top and bottom pickups give you 2 distinctly different tones without changing any settings- one rich and deep and the other light and plucky. Low fretting action; short scale neck makes for easy navigation. I honestly can't say enough about this bass. I love the tone, the feel, and the look. It has become my signature, and has helped start some great conversations.
I played this bass and I shouted at the top of my lungs, "THIS IS AMAZING!" It's almost as nice as my Squier. I bought 5, one to play, 3 to display at my mansion in Malibu, and one to jam with Eric Clapton with. Buy one.
I got this bass yesterday, when I removed it from the case I was amazed by its beauty (It doesn't look real!). I was also amazed by its tone, it sounds just like Paul's. It is louder than my Mccartney Texan because its semi-hollow. This is also the lightest bass I have ever played it only weights 5 Lbs. If you want one by this one.
Ok. Here goes- this isn't the kind of bass you would regularly play in a band. Get a Steinberger for playing out-it's the lightest and Warwick for recording. Look, if you're a Paul McCartney fan and love the look, then this bass is truly the COLLECTOR'S item. It can only appreciate..that's a guarentee with time. If you have the extra money, go for it. You only live once...unless your James Bond, then YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE!
When I first saw the hofner bass guitar I was very intemidated by it's looks. It is a very light weight bass. I went into New York city and I went to this place I found the Hofner. I asked if I could play it so I sat down with it thinking it was going to be great. The guy turned on the amp and I had to put it back on the shelf. It was the worst bass (worse than my squier) I ever played. It was not even close to my Rickenbaker that I bought from Musicians Friend. Than I played an SG bass and that bass was Nice!!!!!!Trust me don't get this bass unless you are absolutley sure you like it or played it. If you want a sweet, soft, and vintage sound look for a Rickenbacker.