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Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Electric Bass Guitar

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The Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Hofner and launched at the Frankfurt Music Messe in 1956. It has since gone on to become one of the most recognizable electric bass guitars in the m... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 11-22-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

The Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Hofner and launched at the Frankfurt Music Messe in 1956. It has since gone on to become one of the most recognizable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound.

This special version was inspired by a bass made in August 1963 for Paul McCartney. It has a fully hollow body and original Hofner slim neck profile for added sustain and playability. Also available in left-handed (L) version.

Includes a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.

FEATURES

  • Body Shape: Violin Bass
  • Wood Top: Spruce
  • Wood Back: Flame Maple
  • Wood Sides: Flame Maple
  • Binding Top: Black / White / Black
  • Binding Back: Black / White / Black
  • Binding Sides: White
  • Neck Wood: Flame Maple
  • Construction: Two Piece
  • Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass
  • Logo and Artwork: Script
  • Neck Joint: Violin Bass Set Neck, Joint At 16th Fret
  • Thickness Neck + FB At 1st: Fret 21mm
  • Thickness Neck + FB At 12th: Fret 24mm
  • Heel Cap: White Pearl
  • Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Scale: 30" / 76cm
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • Width At 12th Fret: 48mm
  • Inlays: Pearl Dots
  • Number Of Frets: 22
  • Bridge Material: Ebony
  • Type: Hofner Fretted
  • Finish Top: Sunburst
  • Body: Sunburst
  • Neck: Sunburst
  • Tuners: Strip Nickel
  • Tuner Buttons: Plastic
  • Tailpiece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Pickguard: White Pearl
  • Pickup Neck: Hofner Staple Nickel
  • Pickup Bridge: Hofner Staple Nickel
  • Potentiometer Knobs: Gold top
  • Electrics: Hofner Pearl Panel
  • Strings: Hofner Flat Wound
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HofnerVintage '62 Violin Electric Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (3)
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5.0

Incredible instrument!

By Ian

from San Francisco, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    Incredible instrument....so rewarding playing and owning something actually built by human hands. Gorgeous finish and great feel.

     
    5.0

    A unique instrument!

    By Scotty Baby-Boomer

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No side dot markers

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

    The Hofner 500/1 '62 reissue is a great example of traditional German engineering in the modern world. While Hofner has updated some models (like the Contemporary version) the '62 model is made just like they used to way back when. I used to own a 60s vintage model and this modern bass holds it's own. The neck is much stronger and wider than the original model. Factory fitted with Hofner/Pyramid strings this baby nails those full bodied tones only a hollow body bass can make. The 30" scale is very comfortable even after playing a standard 34" scale Fender for many years. Hofner only builds up to 1000 of these models yearly, so I was very lucky to get a new model. Expensive? Yes...but if you're looking for the "real thing" it's the only way to go. Hofner's full tone fits into a lot more music than just vintage British rock...my advice is to experiment with it and find it's true voice that is very versatile. My only complaint is that there are no side dot markers on the neck. Another surprise is it's accurate intonation...I was truly shocked how "in tune" the bass is through out the octaves, great work!

     
    5.0

    Great Bass

    By Paul

    from Utah

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

      Have wanted one of these for years and it was worth the wait. Great Bass

       
      5.0

      Sounds like angels playing the bass!

      By David "Bonsai" Buck

      from Richboro, Pennsylvania

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Electric Bass Guitar:

        owning the Hofner is a dream come true, especially the Vintage 1962. I also have an an Ignition, Union Jack, which I purchased last year. I use the Ignition when I go to my lessons and if we are playing outside. My Vintage 1962 I also use practicing at home or when I play inside or with the church group.

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