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Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar Sunburst

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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 resulted in a bass with a warm, woody, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A re-creation of the revered original.

In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was brought to life, his idea resulted in a bass with a warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone. Many players revere Hofner basses for their historical significance as well as for their smooth, sweet sound and playing ease that eludes most ordinary basses.

Because the original bass guitar had become so scarce and expensive, popular demand compelled Hofner to re-create the Club Bass 500/2. The new Hofner 500/2 Club Bass shares the feel, tone, and many features of the Hofner Vintage '63 but with a more traditional guitar body profile and a single cutaway. Includes case.

  • Select German spruce top, back and sides from flamed maple
  • Maple-beech-maple neck
  • 22-fret bound rosewood fretboard
  • Mother-of-pearl dots
  • Machine heads: Hofner 61/73B (4 individual)
  • Hofner 72/20B ebony bridge with movable saddles
  • Hofner 62/30 trapeze brass tailpiece
  • Hofner 65/CB-P floating celluloid pearl pickguard
  • 2 Hofner 511B "Staple" humbuckers
  • 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
  • Includes case

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  • Scale: 30" (76cm)
  • Neck width at nut: 1-5/8" (42mm)
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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Only a Hofner is a Hofner!

By Harry Davidson

from Linz, Austria (Europe)

Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

I had Gibson, Fenders and other solid body basses, but suffered from the heavy weight. So my love went for Hofners. At first I was surprised how light they are, and how fragile! But this even appealed to me and I totally fell in love with them. I collected over the years nearly all Hofner bass models, from the "Beatles Bass" to the "President" and I even own a super rare "Committee" bass, all from the 60's. But I never got the "Club" model. Until Hofner came on the market with the reissue. I ordered one straight away from the factory, without sunburst paint and I am the proud owner of the only "blonde" model worldwide. Compared to all my real vintage Hofners, my Club bass has a much more defined sound and a clearer, "bonier" tone. It's a high class instrument made from best woods and I will never ever part from it. I play blues, rockabilly and country and the Hofner is perfect for this music. Like many say, it sounds (with flat wound strings, which I recommend for this type) like an upright bass, but is easy to transport and handle and offers bass galore. For recording it can be tricky, because the boomy and fat tone can influence the overall transparancy of your recording in a fatal way. Fenders leave a lot of space for other instruments, the Hofner fills it up. You have to take that in consideration when you record. But once you know how to work with it, you will love it forever!

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Niche Bass... in a good way!

By Mellow Yellow-VPupC

from Arlington, TX

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Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

I owned a '64 500/1 when I was young, and it was a great player. In a crazy moment during my divorce, I sold it for a pittance - a haunting mistake. I've since moved on to own other basses, learning their strengths and growing as a bassist. But... I've never gotten over the Hofner sound, so I bought a Club, pickups spaced as my '64. Its unique sound hasn't changed as far as I can tell-same as a 500/1. What has changed is that I can get a punchy, more defined/refined sound from it using a high-quality modern amp with filtering and Neo 4X10s than back-in-the-day. Easy to play, harder to play well (unless you're McCartney), light-weight, sweet sounding when properly intonated. Of course it doesn't growl, have 5-strings or active pickup combination flexibilty. And it's best with flat-wounds, matched with a top-shelf amp/cab. I play finger-style only, but a pick gives it an edge, of course. It doesn't replace my vintage Fender Jazz or your Lakland, et al, but for some songs it just sings. Downside to a niche bass? It's expensive! At this point in my life, I play a variety of music in several bands, so it's great to have a new/old friend with me. Younger players, for the most part, won't like it. But there are reasons beyond Sir Paul for why it's still around.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


great alternative to a Jazz Bass

By Paul Pulera

from wisconsin

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Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

I've been a Jazz bass player for 35 years and I have to say this has a totally different feel and sound - but in a good way. This bass sounds warm and mellow and almost plays itself. Takes some getting used to because it is so light compared to a J or P bass. Get one and you won't regret it.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Finaly, a bass that fits!

Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

The Hofner Club Bass 500/2(reissue) provides a playing expierience that far exceeds that of any other hollowbody that I've played. I would describe it as dare I say, 'mystical'. It's hard to find a bass that offers a vibe that's just as vintage as it is modern. It will not replace your primary solid body electric, so don't expect the Club to be a cure for every playing situation. But it's light weight construction makes it the most desirable bass in my collection for longer gigs. I enjoy using it to write original bass lines for my band as well as playing along to some Hendrix or Alman Brothers at home. With a no risk try-out period you've gotta get one of these on the way today!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Let's Play Music

By StuffLotus

from Oregon, WI

Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

I own this Hofner and a 1963 Vintage Beatle Bass. The Club Bass plays just as well, if not better. The electronics and sound on the Club Bass are awesome!No one should be disappointed owning this!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Bass!

By Doug LeBow

from L.A.

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Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

This Hofner Club Bass has the warmest sound of any bass I've ever played. I also have vintage '69 Gibson EB-0 and '72 Fender Musicmaster shortscale basses, but this Club Bass with Hofner (Pyramid) Flatwound strings is just the sweetest sound around! Great for Jazz as well as Rock, it can sound like a true upright acoustic, or just like Paul McCartney's '62 violin model. Like the ad says, "Nothing plays or sounds like the original!" Believe it.


Beales sound cooler look and vibe

By Hunterguitar

from Fredricksville, MD

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


    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Guitar:

    Great and light bass with a fat tone!

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