Hofner H500 '61 Violin Cavern Bass



  • Inspired by the original 1961 Hofner bass bought by Paul McCartney
  • Spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Made in Germany

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£ 2,416.00

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

The Hofner 500/1 'Cavern' Violin Bass takes it's name from the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Opened in 1957 this Club was one of the most important small clubs in Europe for bands trying to make it big in the Beatboom era. In 1960 the first beat night session was held featuring Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with Ringo Starr on drums and by mid 1961 the Merseybeat scene was in full flow with the Beatles and the Cavern Club centre stage.

Inspired by the original 1961 model which was purchased by Paul McCartney in Hamburg. Fully hollow body. Original '61 Neck profile.



  • Model Name: Violin Bass 'Cavern'
  • Model Number: H500/1-61-0
  • 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: White
  • Centreblock: None


  • Wood: Flame Maple/Beech/Flame Maple
  • Construction: Three Piece
  • Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass
  • Logo and Artwork: Vertical
  • Neck Joint: Violin Bass Set Neck
  • Joint at: 16th Fret
  • Thickness Neck + FB at 1st Fret: 24mm
  • Thickness Neck + FB Near Heel: 28mm
  • Heal Cap: White Pearl


  • Wood: Rosewood
  • Scale: 30" / 76cm
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • 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 "Rugby Ball"
  • Tuner Buttons: Plastic
  • Tail Piece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Pickguard: White Pearl
  • Neck Pickup: Hofner Diamond Nickel
  • Middle Pickup: Hofner Diamond Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup:
  • 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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