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Hofner Basses, Reissue Violin and Club Basses Now Available‼


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A wide range of new Hofner Basses, Reissue Violin’s and Hofner Club Basses are in stock at The Twelfth Fret! Seen here are six brand new Hofner reissue 500/1 and 500/2 basses with reliced Varnish and Nitrocellulose Lacquer finishes.

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From left to right, these are:

  • 1961 Cavern LH Relic Varnish finish
  • 1962 Reissue 500/1 Relic Nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • 1963 Reissue 500/1 Relic Varnish finish – this is the McCartney model.
  • 500/2 Club Relic Black Varnish finish
  • 1961 Reissue 500/1 Relic Varnish finish
  • 500/2 Club Relic Burst Varnish finish

Here’s the builder on the Hofner Violin bass:

“The 500/1 Violin Bass was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Muiskmesse in 1956. It has been in continuous production ever since. Designed by Walter Höfner as an alternative to the upright double bass it fulfilled this aim and much more. It leapt to worldwide fame when Paul McCartney was seen playing one with The Beatles in the early 1960s. Today the 500/1 is offered in a number of models from the budget Ignition version through to the handmade German built re-issues and specials. Its short scale (30in) and ultra lightweight has found favour with many professionals over the years.”

And on the Hofner Club Bass:

“The 500/2 Club Bass was introduced in 1964 as an alternative to the increasingly popular 500/1 Violin Bass. It was aimed at players who wanted the unique Höfner bass sound but who didn’t want to look like Paul McCartney! The body had been in production since 1954 but only as a guitar. It was a fairly simple production decision to put the Violin Bass neck into a Club body and create a new product. The 500/2 Club bass today is still built in exactly the same way as in 1964 and uses the same components.”

The original hard shell cases are included.

Price: $0.00 CAD
  • Model: 500/1 and 500/2
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Reliced Varnish and Lacquer
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 22/02/2024

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 30in 762mm
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