Hofner HCT 500/1 Violin Bass Contemporary Series Left Hand

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  • Recreation of the 1964 version
  • Sustain block to give deeper tone
  • Spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Jatoba fretboard

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£ 525.00

-£ 134.00

£ 659.00

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History

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.

Details

The best-selling 500/1 Contemporary version of the Hofner Violin Bass Guitar in sunburst offers those wanting to own one of the World's iconic guitars the chance to do so at a very attractive price. 

Recreating the style of the 1964 version.

Featuring a sustain block inside the body to give modern, deep-resonating bass sounds while still retaining the original Hofner Beatles bass sound. With a short scale of 30" and the small violin bass body it is one of greatest electric bass guitars ever made.

Specs

Category Term Description
Body Shape Violin Bass
Wood Top Spruce
Soundhole   
Wood Back Flame Maple
Wood Sides Flame Maple
Binding Top Black / White / Black
Binding Back Black / White / Black
Binding Sides White
Centerblock Spruce
Neck Wood Maple / Beech / Maple
Construction Three Piece
Headstock Shape Violin Bass
Logo and Artwork Script
Neck Joint Hofner Violin Bass Set Neck
Joint At 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 22mm
Thickness Neck + FB Near Heel 24mm
Heel Cap Pearl
Fingerboard Wood Jatoba
Scale 30" / 76cm
Nut Width 42mm
Width At 12th Fret 48mm
Inlays Dots
Binding White
Side Dots Yes
Number Of Frets 22
Bridge Material Ebony 
Type Hofner Fretted
Hardware Tuners Single Nickel 
Tuner Buttons Pearl
Tailpiece Trapeze Nickel
Nut Material Plastic
Pickguard White Pearl
Pickup Neck Hofner Staple Nickel
Pickup Middle  
Pickup Bridge Hofner Staple Nickel
Potentiometer Knobs Black and Silver
Strings Hofner HCT Roundwound
Approximate Weight Kg 2,7
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 2mm

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