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2012 Hofner 500-1 UK Jubilee Bass




Comments Hofner produced the 500/1 ‘Beatle Bass’ for many years, long before it had any association with The Beatles or Paul McCartney.

Though it became an impractical design for stage use during the Stage Volume Wars, it’s kept a place in lower volume venues and as stage volumes drop to reasonable levels, is coming back into vogue. It’s a very comfortable, good sounding instrument.

Today we are fortunate to be viewing a 2012 Hofner 500-1 UK Jubilee Bass, a rare and interesting model.

For Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Hofner built 60 500-1 UK Jubilee Bass models. This is number 40, and is a new instrument – the pickups still have the peel-off plastic covers. It comes with a rectangular aluminum lightweight case with all documentation and strap.

Serial Number This is number 40 of 60 made.
Pricing $3,900.00 Canadian with aluminum flight case.
Neck Maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard.
Frets Original frets with no wear.
Body The classic Hofner violin bass, in the 1962 configuration as used by Paul McCartney during early Beatles tours. Carved spruce top, arched flame maple back, flame maple sides.
Finish This bass sports a custom Union Jack finish for the Queen’s 2012 Jubilee year. The top has the red white and blue Union Jack, while the sides, back and neck use a clear untinted finish showing off the whiteness of the maple.
Hardware/electronics All original – strip tuners with plastic buttons, Hofner single coil pickups and wiring with teacup style knobs, original style bridge and tailpiece.
Playability/Action This bass plays very well and the lightness is a real treat.
Case Rectangular hardshell aluminum ‘Flight’ style case included.




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