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The Hofner 500/1 is closely associated with Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Paul's use of this bass in the early '60s propelled Hofner sales and turned the 500/1 into an absolutely iconic instrument. When German-made Hofner instruments were distributed in the United Kingdom, they were given model names to go along with their model numbers, and the 500/1 was dubbed the Violin Bass. It is also commonly referred to as the Beatles Bass. This design has been imitated by a number of other makers since including Vox and Greco.

Select German spruce top, back, and sides
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
Unique Ivory White finish
4.9 pounds