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The Hofner legendary H500/1 Vintage 1964 violin electric bass guitar is an iconic instrument that helped define the British rock sound of the 1960s and continues to produce a warm, resonant tone that bassists around the world revere. The H500/1 Vintage '64 model features a slim neck profile and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard for comfortable playing and soloing capability. Its fully hollow body provides an acoustic quality and lightweight feel, including an included gig bag for portability.

Iconic Hollow Body Design

The H500/1 Vintage '64's hollow spruce and flamed maple body gives an upright bass-like tone with woody warmth and resonance. At only nine pounds, this lightweight bass is comfortable for long playing sessions and easy to transport, while still producing a big, rounded tone. Its violin-inspired shape is a classic, instantly recognizable design that helps the H500/1 Vintage '64 achieve a vintage vibe with modern playability.

Slim Neck Profile and 22-Fret Fingerboard

While the H500/1 Vintage '64 nods to the past, Hofner updated this reissue with a slim neck profile and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, allowing for fast playing and soloing beyond what was previously possible. The slim neck's comfortable, familiar feel will appeal to bassists of all genres. No longer just a rockabilly or early rock staple, the H500/1 Vintage '64 works well for anything from jazz to hard rock.

Dual Pickups and Pearl Control Panel

The H500/1 Vintage '64 features dual Hofner Staple pickups for a range of tones from warm and round to punchy and defined. Its pearl control panel allows for adjusting volume and tone, dialing in the perfect sound for recording or performance. Paired with the hollow body, the pickups reproduce an authentic vintage rock bass tone that shaped the music of the 1960s and continues to inspire today.

Premium Components and Playability

From its ebony bridge to nickel tuners and trapeze tailpiece, the H500/1 Vintage '64 is equipped with premium components for solid tuning, intonation and tone. Set up to Hofner's high standards, this bass arrives ready to play out of the case with comfort and clarity. Experience the legend and get your hands on this iconic hollow body bass.

Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst
Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst
Hofner H500/1 Vintage 1964 Violin Electric Bass Guitar Sunburst

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  • Authentic replica of the '64 model
  • German spruce top
  • White celluloid neck binding
  • Flame maple back and sides
  • 2-piece maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Mother-of-pearl dots fretboard inlays
  • 22 frets
  • 30" scale length
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Ebony bridge
  • Brass tailpiece
  • Floating celluloid pickguard
  • 2 'Staple' humbucking pickups
  • Electronics: 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches, rhythm/solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel-plated hardware
  • Antique-brown sunburst finish
  • Case included

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