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      Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar (515654)
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A classic with modern refinements.

A year after celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walter Hofner's original violin bass, made famous by a certain Beatle who shall remain nameless, they have decided to produce a contemporary version. It has a vintage look that will produce many "oohs", and an internal sustain block that creates a more modern, deep-resonating sound that will produce many "aahs." It's the kind of bass guitar people love to see, play, and hear.


Aesthetically, this model features a maple-beech-maple set neck with rosewood fretboard accentuated by mother-of-pearl dot inlays, the signature Hofner violin bass headstock, a brass trapeze tailpiece, and glossy spruce top with glossy flamed maple back and sides. An ebony bridge with movable metal saddles maintains intonation and string spacing. The nickel-plated hardware and floating celluloid pearl pickguard give it an extra little pop for the eyes.

On the electronics side, you're working with two original Hofner 511B 'Staple' humbucking pickups, as well as a control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, and a rhythm/solo switch for volume boost. The overall sound is warm like the original model, but with a little more sonic kick for a more "now" sound. Includes case.

Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar Features:

  • Rosewood fretboard
    22 frets
    Maple-beech-maple set neck
    Neck width at nut 1-5/8"
    4 individual machine heads
    Ebony bridge with movable metal saddles for perfect intonation and string spacing
    Brass trapeze tailpiece
    Selected German spruce top
    Flamed maple back and sides
    2 Hofner 511B 'Staple' humbucking pickups
    Control panel with boost and individual on and off switches and boost
    Nickel-plated hardware
    Floating celluloid pickguard, pearl designed
    Mother of pearl inlay dots
    Includes case




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  • Blew me away!!

    As reviewed by Alex D. on 12/19/2009

    This bass was amazing!! I bought it with a few pearloid parts and teacup knobs already installed but even without them it would of been awesome. I played it by itself and the sound was a nice warm tone that sounded incredible. I plugged it in and it was even better! One tip though, I found it easier to pick instaed of pluck because of the body shape. The finish was marvolousas well. I just couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a fantastic sound coming from a stunning looking bass get this one!!!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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  • Awesome!!!

    As reviewed by qwertyp on 1/14/2011

    I got mine for christmas and ever since I played it I couldn't put it down. It has a warm feeling to it and sounds like an upright bass. When you plug it in and start playing you will never let go of this beauty. I have been playing bass for a month now and I may not know a lot yet ,but I know quality when I see it. ...The Soapsuds...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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  • the neck binding

    As reviewed by randy lane on 1/12/2011

    I got mine on 1/12/11 and I must say it was a nice bass the finish is very nice the action was good for what little time i had it ,the sound was pretty good but need to change the strings to flatt wounds i ordered a set of labellas flatt wounds. The problem i found was the binding on both sides of the neck were messed up, it looked like the binding was cut to small for the side of the neck .,and noticed some minor scratches in the finish.the case is nice.I called guitar center.com and as much as i did not want to I sent it back to get another one next day air priority. It is not about what you pay for something it should be the way you want it Guitar Center will have no problem replaceing it.Cant wait to put flat wound strings on the other one,cross your fingers and hope this bass is great.I found another review on American Musical had problems with the binding on the neck as I did.thanks GuitarCenter.your great.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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