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They’re Back! Hofner HCT-500/1 SB Violin Bass Contemporary Beatle Bass

They're Back! Hofner HCT-500/1 SB Violin Bass Contemporary Beatle Bass

This new HCT-500/1 Violin Bass is made in China, but utilizes the original German made Höfner HS11B ‘Staple-Top’ pick-ups with a control panel that includes 2 volume controls, 2 circuit breakers and Rhythm/Solo switches for volume Boost … like the original issues!

New
Price: $1299 CAD
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Hofner Violin Bass 500/1 Vintage Finish 1963 Relic, 2018

Hofner Violin Bass 500/1 Vintage Finish 1963 Relic, 2018

The Hofner Violin Bass 500/1 Vintage Relic is a limited production bass built to order, reproducing the 1963 instrument built for Paul McCartney.

New
Price: $4099 CAD
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Hofner Club Bass Cavern Spacing NAMM Relic, 2018

Hofner Club Bass Cavern Spacing NAMM Relic, 2018

The Hofner 500/2 Club Bass Cavern spacing is a limited edition instrument based on the mid 1960’s hollow body single cutaway Club Bass, with ‘Cavern’ or ‘Close’ spacing pickups. The version seen here carries a ‘Relic’ vintage sunburst finish, and was shown at the 2019 NAMM extravaganza in Anaheim, California.

New
Price: $4099 CAD
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Hofner 1961 Cavern Bass 500/1 Left Handed Sunburst, 2015

Hofner 1961 Cavern Bass 500/1 Left Handed Sunburst, 2015

The Hofner 1961 Cavern bass was very popular in Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960’s. American built instruments were rare and expensive, and use by wildly successful bands such as The Beatles made everyone want one. At the time, the tiny Cavern Club in London was one of the key venues for aspiring bands to appear, and The Beatles played there so often the club name became closely associated with the band.

New
Price: $3950 CAD
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Hofner Club Bass Cavern Spacing, Amber Burst 2018

Hofner Club Bass Cavern Spacing, Amber Burst 2018

This new Hofner Club Bass offers a couple of special features. The top and back are nicely flamed, and the bass is finished in an amber shaded varnish. The pickups are placed in ‘Cavern Spacing’, meaning the neck and middle positions are used. While this seems counter intuitive, it’s done because in the bridge position, signal can be fairly weak, and those pickups are often not used. The middle position gets a much stronger signal from the strings.

New
Price: $3750 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Hofner 500-1 1964 Reissue Violin Bass Left Handed, 2011

❌ SOLD ❌  Hofner 500-1 1964 Reissue Violin Bass Left Handed, 2011

The Hofner Violin Bass first appeared in public during 1956, and Hofner’s intent was to encourage double bass players in beat and jazz groups to shift to electric. In many ways, this intention was similar to Leo Fender’s in introducing the Precision Bass in 1951. The benefits were immediately apparent and these new electric basses started appearing on stages, especially in early rock groups.

Used
Price: $2700 CAD

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