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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. I... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

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.

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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HofnerH500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing

The 500/1 Contemporary Series is a bump up from the Icon B series. This model is made in China like the Icon B, but the wood and electronics are much better. The...Read complete review

The 500/1 Contemporary Series is a bump up from the Icon B series. This model is made in China like the Icon B, but the wood and electronics are much better. The little bass really has a surprising kick to it. The bass and the treble are very effective on this model and the Bass Solo switch really kick the sound up when needed. The look of the bass is beautiful. So, not only is it great on the ears but on the eyes as well. If you want a quality Hofner without really breaking the bank? Then the H500/1 is the one for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible instrument

I bought the instrument to play in a touring band. It's short scale and I'm small so it worked well for me. The sound is great, sounds upright. It is a terribly unstable...Read complete review

I bought the instrument to play in a touring band. It's short scale and I'm small so it worked well for me. The sound is great, sounds upright. It is a terribly unstable instrument due to its hollow body and floating bridge. The intonation is horrible, I wish I could return this instrument, and get my money back.

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(54 of 55 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Mike M.

from Queens, NY

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

The 500/1 Contemporary Series is a bump up from the Icon B series. This model is made in China like the Icon B, but the wood and electronics are much better. The little bass really has a surprising kick to it. The bass and the treble are very effective on this model and the Bass Solo switch really kick the sound up when needed. The look of the bass is beautiful. So, not only is it great on the ears but on the eyes as well. If you want a quality Hofner without really breaking the bank? Then the H500/1 is the one for you.

(38 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Sweet Bass

By paul rockman

from Windsor Locks, CT.

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

I must say that I'm very impressed with this bass guitar. I've played many basses over the 30+ years of playing and this bass not only looks great,but has great playability! super low action,excellent paint and quality workmanship. For that price, you really can't afford not to have one in your collection! The tonal ability is surprising with a good spread of sound quality.If you allways wanted a Hofner,but couldn't afford one,check this one out!

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible!

By Beatle Bass Bob

from Red Hill, PA

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

I have played bass semi-professionally for almost 40 years and have mostly played Fenders, but have always wanted to own a Hofner bass. Cost was always a factor but this bass has the price points, quality, and sound that that made me want to purchase it. Out of the box, it was in perfect shape, and the only modifications I had to make was to lower the action a bit, and replace the strings with Hofner flatwounds. The workmanship on this bass is high quality, and it has that wonderful warm, fat bass sound that Hofner is known for. If you want the Hofner vibe and sound without breaking the bank, this is the bass guitar to get. I also recommend playing with a pick, preferrable a Dunlop Tortex or similar style.

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Bass

By BadBoyBob

from Red Hill, PA

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

I've been playing bass for 40 years, and this Hofner is such an excellent looking and sounding bass, that I may want to use this as my main bass now. It played well out of the box, but I needed to lower the action a bit, and replaced the round-wound strings with Hofner flat-wounds. It's got many of the great features the expensive version has but for a fraction of the cost, and is a big improvement over the Icon. I highly recommend!

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Blew me away!!

By Alex D.

from Granby, Connecticut

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

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!!!

(7 of 149 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Think twice, or thrice ...

By Corky Clark

from Plano, Texas

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

Not what you're expecting. Had to send it back. Quality is questionable. Didn't even plug it in. Repacked and returned. Might want to look at a 'knock-off.' I'm sticking with Gibson and Fender.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!!

By qwertyp

from aejfbwjsvv

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

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...

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

the neck binding

By randy lane

from cincinnati,ohio

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

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.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Warm Sound but still a chinease mad guitar, dont let the name fool you

By Daniel

from Yorktown Va

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

I bought this guitar over christmas and loved it until I started having problems with the input jack. I had to take it to get fixed and it cost $15 but I would not trade this guitar for the world, everyone complements the sound quality, its light on your shoulder and it has awesome looks and its a real attention getter,the only other thing is that the case is really cheap and that this guitar is made in China not Germany

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Traded Up

By PETER

from undisclosed

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light Weight
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Strap Button too close

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

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

I traded up from the Ignition model and glad I did. The pickups are much better. Love the sustain from the center block, which also eliminates the neck dive. And the hard case is gorgeous. I had no trouble with the setup, intonation and action was perfect. I made 2 modifications--I put on LaBella Black Nylon Beatle strings and raised the strap button. The button was easily fixed at GC with a few small washers (I couldn't get a decent strap in the space provided). If not for that, I would have rated 5 stars. If you love the Ignition (and I did), you'll really love the CT.

 
4.0

Everything I imagined and perhaps a wee bit more

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

It mite have been five stars, but I'm a tough grader. There is that fret buzz that others have mentioned ... but you can put a positive spin on that: it punishes you for not hitting the fret clean and square ... encouraging you to improve technique! Other than that, great sound, great look, great feel ... Hey I'll be honest ... I wanna pretend I'm Paul McCartney circa 1964 and even with my limited imagination, thanks to this instrument it really happens.

 
5.0

I would buy this again.

By Jim

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful! just Beautiful! plays excellent sounds. I feel like Beatle Paul when playing it.

 
5.0

Great addition to our collection...

By Greg

from undisclosed

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    We purchased this bass for my wife since the 3/4 neck size and small body would make this a perfect practice bass for her. But what happened is that the great sound and feel of this instrument has made it a favorite for both of us. The detail to the bass like the white lacquer edging around the gear head, the mother-of-pearl used for the pick guard, control face plate and the guitar strap peg on the back along with the white ribbing silhouetting the body on both front and back of the body make this instrument stand out. We just changed the strings to La Bella Flat-wound Deep Talkin' Bass strings as other reviewers recommended but the strings that came with the bass were bright and I thought were of good quality - we saved the originals in case we want to go back to them. In changing the strings I found that the floating bridge height adjustment doesn't allow the strings to be lowered any further than on the original setup since the screw wells aren't deep enough - I was going to drill the wells deeper but my wife stopped me for now. Anyways the action is good enough for now without any string buzz. The hard-shell case that came with the bass is of good quality with some plush lining but the guitar probably won't see it much since this instrument is so much fun to play! Our Ampeg BA-115 amp used with the bass pumps out the guitar's fabulous lows and smooth mids and highs. We highly recommend this instrument as either a go-to practice bass, for recording or stage use.

     
    5.0

    H500/1-CT Contemporary Series Violin Bass Guitar

    By Tom Bassplayer

    from Brooklyn, New York

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      The bass has a beautiful, mellow tone, and is easy to play, given the guitar-like neck. My only problem is the action, which is quite high. I hope to correct this at a local repair shop.

       
      5.0

      Great purchase

      By Papa Smurf

      from Pittsburgh, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Well balanced

      Cons

      • no cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

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

      This is my new go-to bass. Light weight, easy to play with great action.

      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Terrible instrument

      By Little player

      from Charleston SC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Aesthetically Looks Cool

      Cons

      • Had Physical Defects
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Severe Intonation Problem

      Best Uses

      • Recording

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

      I bought the instrument to play in a touring band. It's short scale and I'm small so it worked well for me. The sound is great, sounds upright. It is a terribly unstable instrument due to its hollow body and floating bridge. The intonation is horrible, I wish I could return this instrument, and get my money back.

       
      5.0

      Most Excellent

      By John

      from Massachusetts

      Site Member

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

      The last time I had a Hofner was in 1963. This one is far better then my first. The finish is excellent, no flaws on the guitar. Like everyone else, needs some flat wound strings. The sound is perfect with my new Ampeg mini stack is a perfect combination, and a great sound. This is worth the price for both the guitar and amplifier. occasional

       
      4.0

      The bass control was a problem.

      By Jerry

      from Ft.Woth, Texas

      Site Member

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

      Out of the box I was very impressed with this bass. It is more attractive than the picture advertised. This Hofner handles great and the new sustain feature is different, but cool. This is my fourth Hofner bass. Out of the box I could not get the bass control to operate. I took it to my local Guitar Center and left it to be serviced. I am certain they will resolve the concern. It's so beautiful, I could hang it on the wall and enjoy it as just art. Nope!!!! I'm gonna play it.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hofner H500/1-CT Contemporary Series

      By Mark Buvelot

      from Enfield, CT

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

      I have wanted this bass for a few years. After getting it, I found the Hofner to be a gem. The warm tone and action are most appealing to me. It is lightweight and easy to adapt to. It is a beautiful instrument and I am very happy with the purchase. The only downfall is the case that comes with it. The cheap cardboard has warped within a week and the latches do not close. Good thing for the middle locking latch. I have wrapped Velcro around both ends of the case. Will buy a better case. I believe the case is only used to protect the bass for shipping.

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