You don’t become one of the leading manufacturers of electric basses overnight. Just ask Hofner, who have been refining and perfecting their unique brand of instruments since 1887. Coming into the global spotlight with their violin series of basses in the 1960s when Paul McCartney starting taking his Hofner 500/1 on stage with him, to this day Hofner is still tinkering with their incredible instruments. From their violin-style basses to their more traditionally shaped electric basses, there is definitely a Hofner that will suit your play. If you’re here for classic Hofner, your search should start with the H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar. Iconic in appearance and tone, this guitar helped shape rock and roll into what it is today. With two 'Staple' humbucking pickups, a German spruce top with a floating celluloid pickguard, and nickel-plated hardware, this authentic replica has a warm, sweet sound that that has become so legendary over the decades.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something other than the violin series, the selection here can accommodate. From the lightweight, travel-sized Shorty Electric Bass to the more recognizable 500/2 Club Bass Guitar, all the electric basses here still have that recognizable Hofner look and tone. Using top quality materials, Hofner’s signature humbucking pickups and a unique mix of features, every bass here offers something different, allowing you to get exactly what you’re looking for.
Today, new artists are taking the Hofner reins and running with them, allowing the brand to evolve even further. Artists like Anthony Gonzales of M83, John Stirratt of Wilco, Paul Shelley of Baby Godzilla and Danny Weinkauf of They May Be Giants all turn to Hofner when they want to create their signature sound. If you’re ready to leave your mark on music, Hofner’s world-renowned electric basses are the perfect place to start.