Hofner 500/1 Violin “Vintage Toaster” bass, short scale, 30" four string bass :: For sale, UK, On offer, Warwick, Bass Direct, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bass Direct, Paul McCartney, Beatles


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Hofner 500/1 Violin 58 Ltd Edition (6) Natural (list £2350)


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A Limited Edition of just 6 pieces this special bass is inspired by the original model made in 1958 but with a contemporary look and feel. A high gloss lacquer has been applied to the natural woods in conjunction with black binding to produce a stunning looking bass. Like the original 1958 model, we have used black bar single coil pickups set in the "close spacing" position, a vertical Höfner headstock logo and an oval control panel. The panel on this model is black, for a more modern look, unlike the original which was tortoiseshell. Black control knobs have also been used. This is a slight B stock bass.

This bass looks good in any current setting but also has an essential retro vibe. Comes complete with a fitted Höfner black case.

Actual bass shown, please click on images to enlarge:

Tel: 01926 886433

Nine months interest free credit on up to £5000 on Instrument purchases! For UK residents aged between 16 and 25.


Pictured below imperfections;

Slight marks in the black finish on the binding

Slight bleed of binding in to the wood

Small marks in the finish on the edge of the headstock

Handmade in Germany

The Hofner 500/1 violin bass was designed by Walter Höfner and launched at the Frankfurt Musikmesse 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.

Founded in 1887, Höfner's comprehensive range of guitars draws on the firms long-standing success making precision string instruments for musicians. The Beatles' Sir Paul McCartney has played a Hofner Violin Bass since 1961 and continues to do so today. The company's superb attention to detail and stylish design has inspired musicians in rock, jazz and all genres for decades. Despite changes over more than 130 years the company is still very much a family firm with strong values for customers and for high quality musical instruments.

Inspired by a bass made for Paul McCartney in 1963. Fully hollow body. Original Höfner '63 neck profile with 2 piece neck. Original “Staple” pickups. Also available in left-handed version.

Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.





H500/1-58-NA-0  58 Natural Finish


Shape - Violin Bass

Wood Top - Spruce

Soundhole  - None

Wood Back - Flame Maple

Wood Sides - Flame Maple

Binding Top - Black

Binding Back - Black

Binding Sides - Black

Centerblock - None


Wood - Flame Maple

Construction - Two Piece

Headstock Shape - Hofner Violin Bass

Logo and Artwork - Vertical Logo

Neck Joint - Violin Bass Set Neck

Joint At - 16th Fret

Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret - 21mm

Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret - 24mm

Heel Cap - Black


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

Tailpiece - Hofner Trapeze Nickel

Nut Material - Plastic

Pickguard - None

Pickup Neck - Hofner Black bar SC 

Pickup Bridge - Hofner Black bar SC

Potentiometer Knobs - Black metal

Electrics - Hofner black oval panel

Strings - Hofner Flat Wound

Approximate Weight Kg - 2,1


Action Bass String at 12th Fret - 3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret - 2mm