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Hofner 500/1 German Violin Bass - Sunburst

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Hofner 500/1 German Violin  Bass (Beatle Bass)  -  Sunburst

This bass was previously owned by Nashville session pro Buddy Blackmon. An original member of Barefoot Jerry, Buddy has recorded and performed with legends including Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton and Earl Scruggs—and many others. 

This bass will need a neck reset and we've lowered the price, accordingly. 

While this isn't the cleanest one we've ever seen (it's a 2007 model), it certainly hasn't been abused. Hardware could use a little cleaning up and it will need a neck reset (as mentioned), but the body and neck look very nice with only a few dings (we've tried to include photos of all the "points of interest"). Also, the pin holding the pickguard to the neck is loose.

Like all Hofners, this one's easy to play (Hofner bridge saddles don't fan out like most basses, making them feel very guitar-like), and it has all the good old German 500/1 features like teacup and slider controls, plenty of aged pearloid trim.


  • Body:                     Solid spruce top, Flame Maple sides/back 
  • Finish:                   Sunburst gloss; Multi-ply bound body 
  • Neck:                     1-piece Maple 
  • Fingerboard:         Rosewood, pearloid dot inlays 
  • Nut Width:             1.6” bone; Zero fret
  • Scale Length:       30”
  • Headstock:           Black; Gold Hofner script logo
  • Bridge:                  Ebony, adjustable arch-top style
  • Tailpiece:              Nickel-plated brass trapeze
  • Tuners:                 2-in-line open-gear; oval pearl buttons
  • Hardware:             Nickel
  • Pickups:                2 Hofner Staple humbuckers
  • Pickguard:            Pearloid (connected at body, but not at the neck)
  • Controls:               Volume/Tone; Bass, Treble, Rhythm/Solo sliders
  • Knobs:                  Teacups
  • Strings:                 Flatwound and old  
  • Serial No:              H06195
  • Case:                     Hardshell

Why We Like Hofner Basses

You kinda have to like Hofner basses. They aren’t right for everything—not by a long shot. But if you have any appreciation for Sir Paul, or the '60s, or that famous sound that changed music forever, it comes back to the Hofner bass. We don’t know many bassists who would use a Hofner exclusively; but for its weightlessness, it’s ease of playing and that sound, a Hofner is unbeatable. Or maybe that’s un-Beatle-able …