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Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar Sunburst 

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  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • Maple-beech-maple set neck
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A classic with modern refinements.

A year after celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walter Hofner's original violin bass, made famous by a certain Beatle who shall remain nameless, they have decided to produce a contemporary version. It has a vintage look that will produce many "oohs", and an internal sustain block that creates a more modern, deep-resonating sound that will produce many "aahs." It's the kind of bass guitar people love to see, play, and hear.


Aesthetically, this model features a maple-beech-maple set neck with rosewood fretboard accentuated by mother-of-pearl dot inlays, the signature Hofner violin bass headstock, a brass trapeze tailpiece, and glossy spruce top with glossy flamed maple back and sides. An ebony bridge with movable metal saddles maintains intonation and string spacing. The nickel-plated hardware and floating celluloid pearl pickguard give it an extra little pop for the eyes.

On the electronics side, you're working with two original Hofner 511B 'Staple' humbucking pickups, as well as a control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, and a rhythm/solo switch for volume boost. The overall sound is warm like the original model, but with a little more sonic kick for a more "now" sound. Includes case.

Features

  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 22 frets
  • Maple-beech-maple set neck
  • Neck width at nut 1-5/8"
  • 4 individual machine heads
  • Ebony bridge with movable metal saddles for perfect intonation and string spacing
  • Brass trapeze tailpiece
  • Selected German spruce top
  • Flamed maple back and sides
  • 2 Hofner 511B 'Staple' humbucking pickups
  • Control panel with boost and individual on and off switches and boost
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Floating celluloid pickguard, pearl designed
  • Mother of pearl inlay dots
  • Includes case

Order today and play a thoroughly enjoyable bass.

 
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HofnerH500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (4)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Recording (3)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    the best buy for a bass

    I don't expect you to post this but this bass is a beautiful easy to play professional quality instrument that a player can really depend on. Now I want the '64 model to...Read complete review

    I don't expect you to post this but this bass is a beautiful easy to play professional quality instrument that a player can really depend on. Now I want the '64 model to add to my collection.
    I bought the Icon first but I wasn't satisifed with it and returned it for the 500/1 CT. It has the easiest neck I've ever played and the electronics, although a little peculiar to get used to at first, are very effective at tone and volume control. I am playing bass in a band again because I have this. Next I want the 500/1 64. It's enough to forget my six string guitars- Hofner is definitely building a dedicated following.
    Thre fit and finish is excellent, unlike the Icon I got first, which had a warped front panel above the pickups. The volume and tone are clear and loud and the light weight makes palying all night a breeze.
    The 500/1 CT is well made and beautiful instrument, but it would have been no big deal to keep the knobs and switches white like the originals, but it was easy to get the white knobs to change myself.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great sound, questinable price-quality

    I thought I was getting a pretty bass with a bit lack of sound.

    But far from that, the sound is great for my taste. The bright pickup is nice for...Read complete review

    I thought I was getting a pretty bass with a bit lack of sound.

    But far from that, the sound is great for my taste. The bright pickup is nice for classic Rock, the other one is good for music like big bands (very clean). But together they have a really complete sound.

    The bad side, is almost 1000 usd bass with lots of plastic parts, the details are done by a line craftsman in a bad mood waiting for the bell to ring so he can go home.

    I am definitely willing to keep it, since I really loved the sound and I play only for fun. But if I was a professional musician I would go after something more reliable.

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    5.0

    Very Enjoyable Bass to Play

    By Bass Thumper

    from Lexington Park, MD.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Neck Dive

    Best Uses

    • Church Bands
    • Festivals
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues
    • Travel Instrument

    Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

    This is one of the most enjoyable basses I ever played. It is light, short-scaled, and gives a great tone. (I changed out the round wounds with Hofner Flats).

    I have been playing bass on and off for nearly ten years. Being a Beatles fan, my first bass I owned was the Rogue violin bass which gave a slight buzz on the E and the G strings when played open. (The nut must have been slotted too deep.) Well, I lent it to my nephew who was picking up the bass, and went back to guitar for a few years until this Hofner CT Bass caught my eye. Yes, the Icon Bass was half the price, but the Contemporary has the zero fret, cantilevered-mounted neck, and actual Hofner Humbucking pickups just like he German-made instruments. I ordered the actual Hofner shoulder strap which could wrapped around the body under the cantilevered neck just as Paul McCartney did with his 1962 model. I ended up letting my nephew keep the Rogue bass after ordered my Hofner.

    Even with a three-pound sustain block in it, this instrument is still light, easy on the shoulders, and small enough to take wherever I go. Since it is a short-scale, it means less work for my fingers to play. The sustain block became a blessing when I needed to hold a note. (I do not use pedals). The control panel is easy to use once you figure out that turning "ON" both pickups actually turns them both off. And, turning both "OFF" would actually turn them both on. Got that? Actual German-made Hofners do the same thing. Authentic but odd.

    I've had and constantly played this bass for about five years now and nothing had failed, structurally or electronically. I once though the bass was "quitting" on me when it was really an instrument cable. The only fault I could see on this bass is its tendency to "neck dive". Even with the sustain block, the body is still small and light compared to the weight of the solid, maple neck.

    I use a Fender Rumble 15 for practice and church services, a Rumble 75 that the church provides me if I need it for the church hall. And, I use an Acoustic B100 for outdoor festivals, fairs, and small auditoriums. This bass works well with each of these amps, and I get the tone that I want without pedals. (But suspect I can get more if I do use them). But beside the point this CT Hofner bass sounds great!

    It is worth your time and consideration to see if it is worth your money to own one. It is for me.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great size for a lady

    By SilverLady

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Right Size

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Smaller Person

      Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

      I started playing bass on a full-sized model but I quickly became frustrated and discouraged when I couldn't stretch my fingers between frets. My bass teacher suggested the Hofner and I have been a happy over 60 yrs old student ever since. The round wound strings were too hard on my fingers so I decided to put on flat wounds. After trying two different sets, I finally found LaBella strings which fit perfectly (the others were a bit too long) and made the bass even easier to play. (And my bass teacher says that it also sounds like the original Beatles bass.) It really makes no difference to me that it was the "Beatles bass," even though I've been playing some Beatles music lately. It's about the ease of playing. One other addition was a leather Hofner strap which I had shortened for my size (5'7"). I think I'll have this bass for the rest of my bass playing career.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great sound, questinable price-quality

      By QQm

      from Mexico

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

      I thought I was getting a pretty bass with a bit lack of sound.

      But far from that, the sound is great for my taste. The bright pickup is nice for classic Rock, the other one is good for music like big bands (very clean). But together they have a really complete sound.

      The bad side, is almost 1000 usd bass with lots of plastic parts, the details are done by a line craftsman in a bad mood waiting for the bell to ring so he can go home.

      I am definitely willing to keep it, since I really loved the sound and I play only for fun. But if I was a professional musician I would go after something more reliable.

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      5.0

      Two Years...Amazing

      By Bassman500/1

      from Upper Darby, PA

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      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Nothing yet

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

      So after 2 years of having this bass i can say, that it's pretty amazing! Seems to be able to play almost any style you can throw at it! Might be a bit difficult for slap due to its two piece bridge.
      It has a nice scale length, lightweight, and the hum-buckers push a lot of tone! The finish is amazing! (I own sunburst) Sadly to say, I've dropped it a few times but it works just as fine!
      Definitely a great buy! Go for it guys!!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass

      By beatles24

      from Birmingham, AL

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great Finish

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

        I got this bass for christmas and i love it. I am a huge beatles fan and love the vintage look. This bass looks alot more like the german bass than the ignition does. Even with center/sustain block it sounds alot like the german basses. If anyone is considering buying an ignition, look at this bass instead. This bass is a ton better. It is worth the extra money.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Nice Bass But....

        By grumpybear

        from Delmar, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Unique Tone

        Cons

        • Inferior Case
        • Poor Wiring

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

          First off let me say that I really like this bass. Like most of my generation (grew up with "The Beatles" I was impressed with not only the look of this instrument, but it's melodic character. That being said I was disappointed with the wiring of the instrument (the pick up switches were reversed). The bigger issue was the case. It fits the instrument well enough,however it is warped and leaves an open gap when shut allowing the elements access to the instrument. I was hoping for better craftsmanship from this brand.

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          (15 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Give it a lot of thought...

          By rfslick

          from Benicia, CA

          Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

          I rate this fairly high as it is a fine instrument and plays and sounds great. But, it should be advertised as a solid body Asian replica of the German instrument.
          I bought the Icon/Ignition bass and it is great. They all need intonation adjustment and decent strings. If you really compare, I think you will see that the Icon/Ignition is a far better value. I'm very glad that I couldn't find a new one in stock, because I probably would have bought it without realizing what it was, and been dissappointed when I got home.
          To start, this is a georgous bass. The three piece neck and coloring are fantastic. It looks like a perfect replica of the German model. The bass has a volume control for both the neck and bridge pickups, as well as individual pickup on/off switches, and a rythm/solo switch.
          The strings that come on it are horrible, and, most prefer to replace them with flatwounds. I prefer the response of round wounds and get the tones I want from the controls and the amp.
          The pickups sound great. But, you might as well stretch your strings over a railroad tie with pickups. as this is a solid body bass. Get yourself a poster of a German Hofner and buy an Icon/Ignition for half the price. You won't be dissapointed!
          The quality of construction and fit and finish of these has greatly improved in the last couple of years.
          All that said, I owned 2 German Hofners back in the 60's and 70's, and they were great. I have had a Rogue VB100 for about ten years, and it has been quite good. This last Christmas I decided to get a Contemporary and called all over the San Francisco Bay area to find one. Noone had one in stock. Then I remembered that a friend's bass player bought one on line recently. I asked if I could come over and play it for a half hour, and wound up taking it home for a couple days to set up the intonation and neck relief. The operation of the controls was a little confusing as well. So, after setup, I pulled the control plate off to make sure the wiring was ok and was quite shocked to see that the "tone block", was almost a completely solid body with just a small amount of space under the controls. This troubles me as Hofners are accoustic. You cannot play this bass without an amp. I would have been greatly disappointed if I had located one new and traveled a distance to buy it and got it home and realized that you couldn't sit and just play it without pluging it into an amp. This bass weighs 6 lbs, exactly the same as the VB100.
          What I'd really like to point out, is, that the Icon/Ignition is actually hollow, with a 3/4 in. sound block and asian pickups, and sounds great. It doesn't have a zero fret! Big Deal! I have 14 guitars and basses, including a Martin, Gibson, Fenders and Epiphones. None of them have a zero fret.

          Comment on this review

          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Bass!

          By Sho Blunderfield

          from Calgary, Alberta

          Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

          This is a great instrument! A while back I decided that I wanted to own a Hofner style bass for my band, and so I got a crappy copy from some family member. After my music started getting a bit more serious I decided to upgrade to the real deal, and boy I was a smart purcase. The bass is lighter than I expected, and short scale, which makes it very easy to play. It sounds great and can deliver either a cool crunch or just some low mellow vibes. I love the black finish (which is what I got) it definatley gives a modern look to a vintage guitar. I would recomend this to anyone who wants a quality instrument for a little extra.

          Comment on this review

          (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          the best buy for a bass

          By oldman54

          from Oxford, Alabama

          Ask me a question

          Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

          I don't expect you to post this but this bass is a beautiful easy to play professional quality instrument that a player can really depend on. Now I want the '64 model to add to my collection.
          I bought the Icon first but I wasn't satisifed with it and returned it for the 500/1 CT. It has the easiest neck I've ever played and the electronics, although a little peculiar to get used to at first, are very effective at tone and volume control. I am playing bass in a band again because I have this. Next I want the 500/1 64. It's enough to forget my six string guitars- Hofner is definitely building a dedicated following.
          Thre fit and finish is excellent, unlike the Icon I got first, which had a warped front panel above the pickups. The volume and tone are clear and loud and the light weight makes palying all night a breeze.
          The 500/1 CT is well made and beautiful instrument, but it would have been no big deal to keep the knobs and switches white like the originals, but it was easy to get the white knobs to change myself.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hofner contemporary

          Comments about Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar:

          The bass is a great bass for the money. The only thing i'm dissapointed in is the knobs and switches, it dosn't cost that much if any to go the extra step and make it 100% original! Most people will switch these out anyway. The case is also cheaply constructed.

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