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Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar

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Musicians love the Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar. In 1956 Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was br...Click To Read More About This Product

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A blast from the past!

Musicians love the Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar. In 1956 Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was brought to life, it proved to be a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that eludes most ordinary basses. Many players revere Hofner's Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone.

Named for the year the most familiar version of the Violin Bass was popularized by by a certain young bass player from Liverpool, the Vintage '63 captures its characteristic tone -- deep, warm and reminiscent of a full-sized string bass. Built to be as durable as its legacy, the compact-sized, easy-to-play, light-in-weight Vintage '63 is equally at home onstage or in the studio.

FEATURES
  • Select German spruce top, back, and sides of flamed maple
  • Maple-beech-maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets
  • Mother-of-pearl dots
  • Scale: 30" (76cm)
  • Neck width at nut: 1-5/8" (42mm)
  • Machine heads: Hofner 61/73B (4 individual)
  • Hofner 72/20B ebony bridge with movable metal saddles for perfect intonation and string spacing
  • Hofner 62/30 trapeze brass tailpiece
  • Hofner 65/36-P floating pearl celluloid pickguard
  • 2 Hofner 511B "Staple" humbucking pickups
  • Hofner A2-B control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, and rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Antique-brown sunburst finish
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Hofner500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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5.0

Great bass for recording Country and Rock

By Joel-QqqF6

from Laredo, Texas

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I love The Beatles and their sound. However, This bass sounds great for any style of music. I have used it to record our Country band, Mick Cruz and Diamondback.I've also used it to record my own music. I has a great deep sound as well as a quick attack sound. It's sweet and in your face round sound. I record strait through a LA 610 Pre-Amp into Pro-tools.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Bass

By Hofner156-QE4OU

from Atlanta

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I just recently purchased the Hofner 500/1 and am so happy with it. I also own a Rickenbacker 4003 and it is nearly just as good. It's hollow body gives it a sound similiar to a double bass and the flatwound strings make it easy to play. I tried the Hofner Icon Bass but had problems with it and it just doesn't even compare to this. Definitely worth the money.

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4.0

More than the Beatles...

By Neatoman

from Palm Beach, FL

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

Well, I say I've played it, my family has a 1958 Hofner floating around, and this is my overall impression of this model.This bass has a very short scale, 30" as compared to the 34" standard on a Fender bass. You'll find that it plays fairly easy, but the strings feel loose. The frets are, obviously, spaced closer than on a Fender style bass, which takes some getting used to.The tone is very dull. This may be a hinderance, but it also allows one to play higher up and still get a deep sound. Playing a middle C (as written) provides about as much depth as the G a fourth lower on other basses. This can be used to your advantage.Like the Tobias basses, this bass can be made to do a fairly good "fretted fretless" impression. It has a sound somewhat similar to an upright bass with more sustain. If you like to play songs orignally for fretless basses, but don't like or have a fretless, this can be a nice alternative. You may need to use some EQ to get the exact sound. If you're looking for the sound of Paul McCartney (Beatles) or Kelly Groucutt (ELO), this bass is for you.

 
5.0

Oh My God!

By Frank G.

from Philly, P.A.

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I've always wanted one since I listened to my first Beatles album. Now I have one and I can't beleive how incredible this thing is. Ease of play, along with wonderful sweet sounds make it a dream to play. I highly recommend this bass if you are a fellow musician who just loves to play!

 
5.0

A victimless crime

By Scarecrowhunk

from NY

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

If you are bass player of a certain age, you just gotta get one of these. I own a few Rouge knockoffs that are very good with flat wounds if you boost the bass to compinsate for the tinny pickups. But, I wanted the real deal. It sounds like the guy who not only 'Help' change rock and roll music, but the world. The only problem, is even though Muscians' Friend has great discounts, this is way over priced. It makes the Gibson SG Re-issue seem like a steal. I knew it was overpriced, but sometimes you just have to go for it. I'm glad I did.

 
5.0

Own the classic!

By Beatle Kevin

from Santa Monica, CA

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I've wanted this bass since I saw the Beatles on TV as a kid! I've always loved Mc Cartney's tone and style. This is an awesomely beautiful bass, and a DREAM to play. I own an original '66, and now the new re-issue '63, and it is just a beautiful bass in every way. It's a true player, with deep bass and a woody tone. And it's so light! Yes - it's pricey. But no imitation will do - This is the real deal. One nice piece of history.

 
5.0

Good for ANY venue

By ToneMan-PeW_3

from North Texas

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

Great sound overall, very versatile -- not just Beatles. Light, low noise, great quality, durable. Best bass made -- period.

 
5.0

It's a Keeper

By Steve-c0RAI

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I bought my Hofner in 1968. It was my only bass until 2 years ago when I had a custom bass built for me (Carvin). I hope that my new guitar will stand up and last the way the Hofner has. It's as solid a bass and plays as sweet as the day I purchased it way back when. After all the clubs and all the miles this bass has covered, it sounds and works perfect. I would recomend this bass to anyone and everyone, from beginner to pro.

 
5.0

I cry

By foolish boy

from Toronto Canada

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I bought one of these babies in 1967 but when the guys in the band wanted me to become lead vocals I swapped it for a Selmer 100 watt PA with column speakers and a sure mic. I cry every time I see one and cannot believe how stooopid I was to let her go.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

hmm

By Fenderboy220

from Colorado

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I had a friend I use to jam with a couple years back who was a Beatles fan and had this bass. I was the bassis for this "jam band" and I had my eye on his Hofner (I was bord playing my Vantage bass) so I started using it. There were some problems with the neck, and my friend had a screw shoved above the nut to keep the action playable and I believe the body was worped. I have no other recollection of this bass. So if one were to buy this product, keep it well maintained.

 
5.0

Good Base

By student-MjWU6

from Hot Springs, AR

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

Having picked up this bass and played for a while, I came to enjoy those warm and rich lows. Truly, I couldn't find anything wrong with the bass. My only concern was the fact that the violin bass was made as a Hofner. I thought the original violin base was the left-handed Ric' made for Paul McCartney. What happened?

 
5.0

McCartney was right!!!

By tmurphy729

from Des Moines, IA

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

This is a fabulous instrument. It is a dated-sounding instrument, as it is totally hollow. But if you're doing a Beatles review, or original songs with "that sound", it's the perfect bass. I recommend it for anyone with a bad back. It only weighs 5lbs! I've owned many Hofner's over the years and ALL of them were quality instruments. Enjoy! You'll love it! YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!

 
4.0

A little bit of 1964 London

By Chris Christiansen

from Calvert, Texas

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

The current Hofner 500/1 stacks up well against the original I bought at Selmers, London in 1964. Lightweight and handy, adequate for most genres and striking in appearance. It handles and plays easily and doesn't try to be something it's not. Too expensive? Sure, but so are all quality axes and amps today. Buy one while you can still afford one.

 
5.0

God?

By Let It Be1988

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

The Hofner 500/1 is one the best bass guitars out their. The german lightweight style makes very easy to play and the thin fretboard makes it easy also. i recommend to die-hard beatles fans like myself.

 
5.0

Great bass

By Dan-Jwouu

from Stillwater, OK

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I've owned a Hofner for a while now and absolutely love it. I play professionally, and the playability of this instrument is unmatched. Compared to my other guitars (Gibson, Peavey and Yamaha) this one plays the fastest and with most ease. I love the quality -hand-made craftsmanship and the light weight is a great plus when playing for extended sets. I'd reccomend this bass to anyone who's serious about their music.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hofner 500/1 V63

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

Super bass. Not only for that Beatle sound, but I use for everything. Will duplicate the early Beatle sound through any amp. For an example of the sound you'll get, listen to Taxman on the Revolver CD.

 
5.0

a great little bass

By Zak-TrrcT

from raynham, MA

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I play in a beatles tribute band but have owned this bass since before that started. Ive loved it since the day I got it. It is well constructed and has a great sound. It has a very thumpy deep bassy tone. It would be an excellent bass for reggae or hip hop but also works well for just about anything as Ive found. I also own an origonal 63 Hofner just like Pauls in every way except right handed. And it stacks up very well. The flatwounds it comes with are perfect, Ive kept the origonals on because they sound that great. Im more of a fender guy but this bass gets the deepness that fenders cant. Sounds alot like an upright. Defeintly a worth while bass to own.

 
5.0

Very Cool

By Bassman858

from South Amboy, NJ

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

This thing is a blast to play. I've been a Fender guy my whole musical career, so I'll never give up my '73 Precision, but the Hofner is a kick to break out for the right tunes. Obviously, that included any Beatles tunes we play. Naturally, the scale is a bit different, but it's a fun guitar to play, and looks great.

 
5.0

Outstanding Bass

By Craig-BUKx7

from Canada

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I have owned my Hofner for almost 2 years. I have been playing bass for around 20 years and have owned over 20 bass?. The small scale and light weight almost made it feel like a toy compared to my Fender Jazz and Precision bass?, but the more I played it the more I loved it. Last week I brought out the Hofner for the first time to my weekly jam with friends - of course everyone loved the look and the vibe of the bass. I actually found the bass a bit to get used to playing standing up - it was hard to see the fretboard and having no dots on the side of the neck - a little bit of more work to play through the songs that I usually take for granted. The sound of the bass was outstanding though - the tone was unbelievable. The guys looked over several times and I was so happy with the sound. This past week I brought back my Jazz bass and couldn?t believe the tone I was missing. The Hofner is a bit to get used to - but worth the time invested. It is an incredible hand built bass with tonnes of character. This bass has the tone and power to play almost anything. I am glad to have some other bass? - pretty hard to not have a Jazz or Precision in your collection - but the Hofner is an amazing addition and the one I reach for 90% of the time.

 
5.0

Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63

By dave363

from Macon, GA

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Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I am a luthier, and rearely do I ever get a new guitar that I don't have to set up (or sometimes even repair). This one was perfect right out of the box. Obviously the crew at Hofner spent some time setting up this one and getting it perfect. Fit and finish are superb. A very beautiful pice of spruce on the front and knock-your-socks-down flamed maple on the back. I didn't like the way the pick-guard mounted - but I took it off anyway (like Sir Paul). The sound is very similar to an acoustic bass, rather than an electric. Comes with flat-wounds. Not many features, so if this is your only performing bass (and you aren't in a Beatles tribute band) you'd better have a pretty versatile amp. Overall - very cool. Kind of like your own time machine.

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