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❌SOLD❌ Hofner Rooftop Bass 500/1 Left Hand Sunburst, 2022

❌SOLD❌  Hofner Rooftop Bass 500/1 Left Hand Sunburst, 2022

We are fortunate to have received a very rare Hofner Rooftop Bass, a replica of the bass used by Paul McCartney for the Apple Corps Rooftop concert in January 1969 – which ended with a police raid. Built in Hagenau, Germany by Hofner luthier Thomas Stühlein, this special edition bass reproduces McCartney’s 1963 500/1 left hand Violin Bass, with light aging reflecting the six years of use during Beatles shows and recording sessions.

New
Price: $4,250.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Hofner 500/1 Violin “Beatle” Bass Sunburst, 1968

❌SOLD❌   Hofner 500/1 Violin "Beatle" Bass Sunburst, 1968

The Hofner 500/1 was for some years one of the most recognizable instruments in the world because of its use by Paul McCartney, during The Beatles and in his solo career. Introduced in 1956, the Hofner 500/1 and its close relatives quickly caught on in the European market, partly on their own merits and partly because imported US made instruments were difficult to get and very expensive.

Vintage
Price: $3,750.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Hofner Gold Label Violin Bass Berlin Purple, 2015

❌SOLD❌  Hofner Gold Label Violin Bass Berlin Purple, 2015

Here we are looking at a Hofner Gold Label Violin Bass in the 500/1 style during 2015 at the Hofner plant in Hagenau, about 35 km north of Nuremberg, Germany. The iconic violin body is Maple Laminate for feedback rejection, with a zero-fret equipped Maple neck bearing an Indian Rosewood fingerboard.  The bridge is Ebony.  This is a ‘1962’ style design but with ‘Rugby’ tuners.  For electronics,  twin “Staple” 511B pickups are installed and spaced normally, at the bridge and neck positions.  Controls are classic Hofner, with teacup knobs. 

New
Price: $3,950.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Hofner Gold Label 500/1 Violin Bass Natural, 2014

❌SOLD❌ Hofner Gold Label 500/1 Violin Bass Natural, 2014

The Hofner Gold Label series, introduced at NAMM in 2013, features the highest quality German components, with custom colours and pickup combinations. You can even get a 3-pickup violin bass! This example of the Hofner Gold Label Series 500/1 Violin Bass is one of two, built with this wood selection – a carved solid Spruce top with a five-piece back of Flame Maple, Sapele Pommele (the two large quilted sections) and Indian Rosewood.

Used
Price: $3,950.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Hofner Cavern Bass LH 500/1 1961 Reissue Sunburst, 2015

❌SOLD❌ Hofner Cavern Bass LH 500/1 1961 Reissue Sunburst, 2015

Here’s something a little different – a Hofner Cavern Bass LH, the left handed version of the classic 500/1 violin bass! The Hofner Cavern bass model 500/1 appeared in 1961, though that was not its name – from its first appearance at the 1956 Frankfurt Musikmesse, it was known simply as the Violin Bass. The bass earned its ‘Cavern’ moniker through frequent use in the Liverpool Cavern Club by a young bassist named Paul McCartney in The Beatles.

Used
Price: $3,950.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Hofner Cavern Bass 500/1 1961 Reissue Sunburst, 2004

❌SOLD❌  Hofner Cavern Bass 500/1 1961 Reissue Sunburst, 2004

The Hofner Cavern bass model 500/1 appeared in 1961, though that was not its name – from its first appearance at the 1956 Frankfurt Musikmesse, it was known simply as the Violin Bass. The bass earned its ‘Cavern’ moniker through frequent use in the Liverpool Cavern Club by a young bassist named Paul McCartney in The Beatles.

Used
Price: $2,750.00 CAD

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