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Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar Sunburst

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In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was brought to life, it proved a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that simply eludes most ordinary basses. Many players revere Hofner's Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like am...  Click To Read More About This Product

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In 1956, Walter Hofner had an idea for an amplified semi-acoustic bass. When it was brought to life, it proved a unique instrument with a smooth, sweet sound and a playing ease that simply eludes most ordinary basses. Many players revere Hofner's Violin Bass as a legend because of its historical significance and its warm, woody, double-bass-like amplified tone.

Named for the year the most familiar version of the Violin Bass was popularized by Paul McCartney, the Vintage '63 captures its characteristic tone - deep, warm and reminiscent of a full-size string bass. Built to be as durable as its legacy, the compact-sized, easy-to-play, light-in-weight Vintage '63 is equally at home onstage or in the studio.


  • Selected German spruce top, back, and sides of flamed maple
  • Maple-beech-maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard, 22 frets
  • Mother-of-pearl dots
  • Scale: 30" (76cm)
  • Neck width at nut: 1-5/8" (42mm)
  • Machine heads: Hofner 61/73B (4 individual)
  • Hofner 72/20B ebony bridge with movable metal saddles for perfect intonation and string spacing
  • Hofner 62/30 trapeze tailpiece, brass
  • Hofner 65/36-P floating celluloid pickguard, pearl
  • 2 Hofner 511B "Staple" humbucking pickups
  • Hofner A2-B: control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Antique-brown sunburst finish
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Worth Every Penny...

By Luke

from Youngstown, Ohio

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

The bass that you are looking into right now is by far the best bass guitar I have ever made music on. Period. I'm not going to beat around the bush, it is truly the best bass I have have played, and I've played many of them. Manufacturers like Warwick, Rickenbacker, Ibanez, Epiphone, Dean, MusicMan, Schecter, Gibson, and even the highly praised Fender can touch the quality of this bass manufactured by Hofner! These guys don't mess around. Read up on one of these babies and yu'll find that Hofner's pro luthiers travel far and wide looking for the right type of wood that these basses are carved from. That's right, each bass is genuinely, 100% hand-carved. No mass production factories, no machinery, just a man and his hands. However, since this is the method of construction, the wait on one of these beauties can range anywhere from one week to three years. I ordered mine in mid December and did not receive it until February. So i guess you could say that I lucked out. But the day finally came and my very own Hofner had arrived at my local Guitar Center. In fact, I couldn't even unbox the thing because I was in such disbelief. I had never held one in my hands but knew very well the magic behind one. So after reality had crashed over me, I flung open the case and there she was laying ever so gently in it. I presumed with caution and lifted it out from the case in order to perhaps check it over to make sure that there were no flaws. Unsurprisingly, there weren't and so I carried it over to my amp and sat down next to it. Anxiety levels were high. I set it across from me, simply admiring it. I had no clue what I wanted to play first. I had played my Fender up and down with all sorts of scales and an infinite amount of songs. But I couldn't just pick up a Hofner and play some stupid little tune. THIS WAS A HOFNER BASS! So I picked it back up and set it gently on my leg. It was perfect in weight and form . So lightweight that I feared that it would fall away at any moment if I had not gripped it tightly. I snapped the amp on and plugged her in and the ever so slight fuzz sizzled from the amp. I was about to break the silence on this guitar. This would be the beginning of who knows how many notes I would play along this neck and between these frets. Then I decided on a suitable tune for my first play-through. I struck the first note of the famous Lennon/McCartney song, "Something." Suddenly I felt the bass rush through my chest and the vibration of the strings ran up my arms. This was the sound that was always associated with the Hofner "Beatle Bass," and I was finally creating it with my own two hands. I wasn't watching someone else demonstrate it or listening to it on a record. This was all happening by my will. I played through the rest of the ballad and by the end I didn't need any more proof. I wiped her down and placed her back in her case and went to left the room. This bass will be with me forever. As long as I wanted to keep playing, it would be ready to create that beautiful tone and bright wave of sound that it is so widely known for. I'm not going into specifics with this bass. If you want specifics, you can go read about the measurements, and hardware anywhere. This is about the emotions that overflowed from me as I played on the bass I have been looking for all along. This guitar is truly one in a million. Quite literally when you take into consideration the hand made aspect. If you are looking for a bass that will never let you down and will certainly change your overall experience with the bass guitar, I can't imagine doing anything else but recommend the Hofner 500/1 violin bass to all players who are looking to expand their horizons. It's worth the wait and it's worth the expense so whatever you're doing in your musical career, stop right now. Stop right now and consider this bass. Because I know I'm glad that I did and now I can't imagine my life without it.

(51 of 55 customers found this review helpful)


What an amazing bass!

By Skyler

from Boston, MA

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

Plays better, feels better, and sounds better than any bass I have ever played. The flatwounds give it the ultimate dead sound and almost sounds like an upright. Handmade in Germany...doesn't get any better than that. Anyone that can make the investment, I would definitely recommend this instrument.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Hofner heaven

By Tea- bone

from hollidaysburg, pa

Comments about Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass Guitar:

I bought mine through Guitar Center had it shipped in 3 days - wanted to play at the store but it wasn't in stock so the sales man was quick to tke care of the order - I was fairly sure I would like it much bass-ed on other reviews and the history of Hofner, seeing McCartney play it etc. If you like the look and the short scale and narrow neck style - very easy on the fingers and hand for me, an occasional player. Man is it light weight!It is a quality made instrument, everything they say about it is true. And it comes with a very fine case, as it should for the price!

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