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Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63 Violin Bass #H05086 - Used  From Other

The classic Hofner Violin Bass modeled on the 1963 specs.


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Condition: Used, Excellent

Exactly what you were hoping for. A proper German Hofner with all the thundering lows, comfortably carved thin but deep neck, and woody note definition you've come to expect from a real deal Hofner bass.

Manufacturer's Description from Other


The 500/1 Violin Bass was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Muiskmesse in 1956. It has been in continuous production ever since. Designed by Walter Höfner as an alternative to the upright double bass it fulfilled this aim and much more. It leapt to worldwide fame when Paul McCartney was seen playing one with The Beatles in the early 1960s. Today the 500/1 is offered in a number of models from the budget Ignition version through to the handmade German built re-issues and specials. Its short scale (30in) and ultra lightweight has found favour with many professionals over the years.


Unique Sound

The sound of a Violin Bass is unlike any other bass. When used with flatwound strings it produces a distinctive deep and penetrating thud not unlike an upright double bass. This sound can be used to emulate those pop sounds of the 1960s or slightly overdriven in a modern rock band to provide a deep driving bass. It is also commonly used today in studios for recording bass lines for dance music. It has also seen increasing use in reggae bands where a deep driving bass is always wanted. Despite being one of the smallest basses available it easily produces massive bass lines and is remarkably versatile.

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About Manufacturer

Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Model: Hofner 500/1 Vintage '63

Serial: H05086

Year: 2007

Weight: 4.85 lbs

Color/Finish: Sunburst

Shape: Violin Bass

Wood Top: Spruce

Soundhole: None

Wood Back: Flame Maple

Wood Sides: Flame Maple

Binding Top: Black/White/Black

Binding Back: Black/White/Black

Binding Sides: White

Centerblock: None

Neck Wood: Flame Maple

Neck Construction: Two-Piece

Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass

Logo & Artwork: Script

Neck Joint: Set Neck

Joint At: 16th Fret

Thickness Neck & Fingerboard @ 1st Fret: 21mm

Thickness Neck & Fingerboard @ 12th Fret: 24mm

Heel Cap: White Pearl

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Scale: 30"

Nut Width: 42mm

Width @ 12th Fret: 48mm

Inlays: Pearl Dots

Fingerboard Binding: None

Side Dots: None

Number of Frets: 22

Bridge Material: Ebony

Bridge Type: Hofner Fretted

Tuners: Strip Nickel

Tuner Buttons: Plastic

Tailpiece: Hofner Trapeze

Nut Material: Plastic

Pickguard: White Pearl

Neck Pickup: Hofner Staple

Bridge Pickup: Hofner Staple

Potentiometer Knobs: Gold Top

Electronics: Hofner Pearl Panel

Case: Hofner Hardshell