Hofner H500 '62 "Mersey" Violin Bass - Reissue



  • Reissue of bass designed for Paul McCartney
  • Two piece flame maple neck
  • Spruce top
  • Two-on-a-strip tuners
  • Unbound neck

Please note this is an ex demo instrument and as a result has a few marks and dings on it. We'd suggest you pop in and take a look at the bass for yourself.

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£ 1,349.00

-£ 1,067.10

£ 2,416.10

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What Hofner Say

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 recognisable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound.

The 'Mersey' bass is a re-issue of a bass made in August 1963 for Paul McCartney. Two piece neck, two-on-a-strip tuners and unbound neck. Fully hollow body. Original '63 Hofner neck profile. Fitted with flatwound strings. For the fully authentic look and sound of the early 1960s this is the bass.



  • Model Name: H500 '62 "Mersey"
  • Model Number: H500/1-62-0
  • Series: Violin Bass
  • Colour: Transparent 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: Black
  • Centreblock: None


  • 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: 22mm
  • Thickness Neck + FB Near Heel: 26mm
  • Heal Cap: White Pearl


  • Wood: Rosewood
  • Scale: 30" / 76cm
  • Nut Width: 48mm
  • Width at 12th Fret: 48mm
  • Inlays: Pearl Dots
  • Binding: None
  • Side Dots: None
  • Number of Frets: 22


  • Material: Ebony
  • Type: Hofner Fretted


  • Tuners: Single Nickel
  • Tuner Buttons: Plastic
  • Tail Piece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Pickguard: White Pearl
  • Neck Pickup: Staple Nickel
  • Middle Pickup: None
  • Bridge Pickup: Staple Nickel
  • Potentiometer Knobs: Gold top
  • Electrics: Hofner Pearl Panel
  • Strings: Flat Wound
  • Approximate Weight Kg: 2,1


  • Action Bass String at 12th Fret: 3mm
  • Action Treble String at 12th Fret: 2mm

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