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Overview

  • Authentic replica of the '64 model
  • German spruce top
  • White celluloid neck binding
Description & Specs
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    $4,099.99
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An iconic bass with a slim neck and warm, woody tone.

The Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar has a slimmer neck profile than previous year models. White celluloid neck binding also distinguishes the V64 from the other German made violin basses. The light weight of the fully hollow body will be appreciated after a long night's playing. Includes Hofner case.

In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for a violin shaped semi-acoustic bass. Launched at that years Frankfurt Music Show, his idea revolutionized popular music and with continuous production from 1956 this bass is one of the few guitars available today that can trace it's origins back to the very beginning of rock 'n' roll.

Many players revere Hofner’s Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone. For a detailed chronology of the Violin Bass' role in the British Invasion, check out Backbeat Books Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage To Studio (SKU#H64162). The Hofner Violin Bass is a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that simply eludes most ordinary basses.

Includes case.

Features

  • Authentic replica of the '64 model
  • German spruce top
  • White celluloid neck binding
  • Flame maple back and sides
  • 2-piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mother-of-pearl dots fretboard inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 30" scale length
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Ebony bridge
  • Brass tailpiece
  • Floating celluloid pickguard
  • 2 'Staple' humbucking pickups
  • Electronics: 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Antique-brown sunburst finish
  • Case included

Don't accept imitations: order the real Hofner Violin Bass today.

 
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HofnerH500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (4)
    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful bass

    By Jered

    from St. Louis

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Odd Weight Distribution
    • Somewhat Off-balance

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Most Venues
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    Immediately after receiving my Höfner 500/1, I plugged it into my Fender BXR 100 amp and let loose. The thing is a force to be reckoned with. Blowing through Beatles hits, blues, and even some of the more subdued Red Hot Chili Peppers stuff with this bass was easy.
    I opted to buy a Höfner strap for the bass for the vintage look and feel; plus, I wasn't too keen on putting strap locks in place of the preexisting buttons.
    I'd say my only complaint with this bass is the hollow body is much lighter than the neck and headstock which means the thing tends to want to fall off of you when you don't have a hand on it. But I guess that's a small price to pay for the several pounds lighter it is compared to other basses.
    Previous reviewers have said to not slap or pop this bass, but I like to believe anything is possible. I alternate between round wounds and flatwound strings depending on the sound I want. I'll be honest, though, I use flat wounds more often because the sound from them seems more appropriate with the Höfner's image.
    By and large, it's a lovely bass. If you can't afford this model, I would still recommend you get your hands on one of the cheaper models because to miss out on owning one of these fab instruments would be a crying shame.

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    5.0

    Buy this bass!

    By JDavies

    from Toronto, ON

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Only Can Use One Strap

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    I love this bass so much. Anyone can pick it up and play it. Even beginners.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The absolute best

    By The Jazz Cat

    from Toronto

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Iffy High Register

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    The Hofner Violin Bass is truly one of the best basses I have ever laid my hands on. I recieved mine the other month, and I'm satisfied to say that it fufilled my expectations.
    First, the finish was stunning. Second, it came perfectly tuned out of the box with a lovely set of flatwounds. Third, my bass came with an aluminum-bullet hardshell case which looks formidable and does a great job of protecting the bass.
    The bass itself is quite light, and the pickguard can start to buzz in its bridge socket, but you can always remove it easily.
    The Hofner has a lovely tone that cannot be accurately compared to other electrics or upright basses; you really have to hear it to know it. One minor flaw is that the higher frets are somewhat muddied, and a slight ring can be noticed when playing notes on the A and D string simultaneously.
    Overall, I am quite satisfied with my 500/1. It's really no surprise why it has managed to be Paul McCartney's go-to bass for all these years. I'm sure that if you want a good bass, you can't go wrong with a Hofner!

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    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Wouldn't know how it sounds

    By Slugs

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • none

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • None
    • Recording

    Comments about Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    I didn't get to hear how it sounds. I originally ordered it over a year ago. After being told that these basses were on back order a number of times I finally got one sent to me. When it arrived, the outer box looked as if it had been dragged behind the delivery van. The inner box was also penetrated, therefore I did not accept delivery of the instrument. Then, Musicians Friend had the gall to actually charge me a "re-stocking fee"!?!?! Never again will I order anything from Musicians Friend. Really nice treatment of a consumer who has purchased numerous items from them over the years.

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    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Bass

    By Jon Northam

    from Texas

    Comments about Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    I recieved my Hofner 500/1 '63 the other week, and the instant I laid eyes on it, I fell in love. The finish was beautiful, and the bass came completely set up (low action, perfectly tuned, the whole nine yards!). Upon playing it for the first time, I noticed that the upper register (15th fret+) tends to sound a bit muddy, but it is rare that one will be there very often. It is surprisingly light (lighter than my acoustic) but the neck/headstock is much heavier than the body so if you don't keep a hand to support it when standing, you may feel like you're about to drop the thing. A word of warning, do NOT put roundwound strings on this bass. It was built for flatwounds and flatwounds only so the sound is utterly atrocious if you use anything but.
    I've played Fenders, Rickenbackers, Schecters, and Music Man basses, but none quite compare to the 500/1. Sure, you can't slap/pop it, but the warm, hollowbody/humbucker tones make it a sublime instrument for playing jazz licks and most classic rock (particularly the Beatles). I would definitely say this instrument is fairly priced, the quality of craftsmanship and electronics on this bass are comparable to Custom Shop Fenders. I would highly recommend this bass to anyone who can get their hands on it.

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