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 Vintage Toaster (list £2699)


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A beautiful example of the Violin Bass in a limited edition of just 7 pieces worldwide. This Premium Hofner is based around the famous 500/1 Mersey model, however this limited edition features twin Toaster pickups, single tuners, tortoiseshell control panel and a beautiful vintage shellac finish from our own violin department. Not a re-issue, instead a simply stunning vintage style bass that captures the essence of the late 50s and early 60s Violin Basses. Comes complete with a fitted Höfner case.

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Tel: 01926 886433

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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.




Violin Bass 




Vintage Toaster Pickups





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


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 - 21mm

Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret - 24mm

Heel 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

Tuner Buttons - Plastic

Tailpiece - Hofner Trapeze Nickel

Nut Material - Plastic

Pickguard - None

Pickup Neck - Hofner Toaster Nickel 

Pickup Bridge - Hofner Toaster Nickel

Potentiometer Knobs - Gold top

Electrics - Hofner Tortoiseshell Panel

Strings - Hofner Flat Wound

Approximate Weight Kg - 2,1


Action Bass String at 12th Fret - 3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret - 2mm