Inspired by the original 1961 model launched at Music Messe 1956 and purchased by Paul McCartney in Hamburg. A hollow-bodied bass guitar with an instantly recognisable sound and fantastic stage presence. Please note: This bass guitar features all the same specs as the Hofner 500/1 Vintage 61 Violin Bass reissue but has been renamed 500/1 Cavern Violin Bass.
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 Hofner 500/1 Vintage 61 Violin Bass takes its 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. Founded in 1864 Hofners comprehensive range of guitars draws on the firms long-standing success making precision string instruments for musicians. The Beatles Sir Paul McCartney played a Hofner Violin Bass and the companys superb attention to detail and stylish design has continued to inspire both rock and jazz musicians to this day. Despite the numerous changes over 125 years the company is still strongly a family firm with strong values for customers and for high quality musical instruments. Features/Specifcations: Model: H500/1-61-0 Family: Violin Bass Finish: Sunburst Body Wood Top: Spruce Wood Back: Flame Maple Wood Sides: Flame Maple Centreblock: None Neck: Wood: Flame Maple/Beech/Flame Maple Fingerboard: Rosewood Scale: 30″/76cm Nut Width: 42mm Number Of Frets: 22 Hardware Pickup Neck: Hofner Diamond Nickel Pickup Bridge: Hofner Diamond Nickel Hofner Guitar-and-Bass J7L
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Hofner 500/1 Cavern Violin Bass Sunburst