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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.

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.

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.

Price: $2700 CAD

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VOX V232 Violin Bass Sunburst 1966

VOX V232 Violin Bass Sunburst 1966

Coming to you straight from the 60’s, here’s a vintage 30 inch scale, solid body Vox V232 Violin Bass, made by EKO in Italy during 1966! In reaction to the popularity of the Hofner Beatle Bass but wanting to reduce feedback, Vox had these solid-body basses made and they were produced only during 1966.

Price: $999.99 CAD
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SOLD!!!! 2006 Hofner 62 Reissue Beatle Bass

SOLD!!!! 2006 Hofner 62 Reissue Beatle Bass

There are a few instruments that are immediately bring to mind particular artists, and the Hofner Beatle Bass is one of them.

Price: $2700 CAD

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