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
Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets
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
Unique Ivory White finish
Bass Club Chicago has a vintage 1967 Hofner Beatle Bass up for grabs. This bass is in good condition with finish checking on the top and back. The electronics are definitely in need of some cleaning, they are a bit scratchy but all the switches and knobs work. This bass comes with the original hardshell case. The handle on the case is broken but it still comes with all the pieces and could easily be re-attached. Overall this bass is in great condition and with a little bit of work it can be in top shape! FREE SHIPPING!
Handmade in Germany
The Hofner Club Bass is inspired by the original Hofner 1965 model.
This is the new double cutaway version and its body design provides ease of playability and delivers a true vintage sound with full deep bass tones from its fully hollow body and "Staple" pickups.
The top is now in selected Flame Maple making this a truly desirable instrument. Produced in an antique brown sunburst that compliments the nickel hardware.
Including a Hofner bullet case.
Body Shape Club Bass - Double Cut
Wood Top Flame Maple
Wood Back Flame Maple
Wood Sides Flame Maple
Binding Top Black / White / Black
Binding Back Black / White / Black
Binding Sides White
Neck Wood Flame Maple / Beech / Flame Maple
Construction Three Piece
Headstock Shape Hofner Club Bass
Logo and Artwork Script
Neck Joint Club Bass Set Neck
Joint At 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 21mm
Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret 24mm
Heel Cap White
Fingerboard Wood Rosewood
Scale 30" / 76cm
Nut Width 42mm
Width At 12th Fret 48mm
Inlays Pearl Dots
Side Dots Yes
Number Of Frets 22
Bridge Material Ebony
Type Hofner Fretted
Hardware Tuners Single Nickel
Tuner Buttons Plastic
Tailpiece Hofner Trapeze Nickel
Nut Material Plastic
Pickguard White Pearl
Pickup Neck Hofner Staple Nickel or Hofner Diamond Nickel
Pickup Middle None
Pickup Bridge Hofner Staple Nickel
Potentiometer Knobs Gold top.
Electrics Hofner Pearl Panel
Strings Hofner Flat Wound
Approximate Weight Kg 2,1
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 2mm