Höfner 500/1

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Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass
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Vintage 1962 model
ManufacturerKarl Höfner GmbH & Co.
Period1955-Present
Construction
Body typeHollow[a]
Scale30 in (760 mm)
Woods
BodySpruce (Top), Maple (Back/Sides)
NeckMaple
FretboardRosewood
Hardware
BridgeHöfner Ebony Bridge
Pickup(s)Höfner 511B Humbucking Pickups
Colors available
Sunburst, black, laurel, rosewood and many others
A 1961 Höfner 500/1 "Cavern" Bass reissue

The Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass (also called the "Beatle bass" or "Cavern bass") is an electric bass guitar made by Höfner since 1955. It became very popular in the 1960s when Paul McCartney of The Beatles started using it.[1]

History[change | change source]

In 1955, Walter Höfner made a semi-acoustic electric bass, that was made to be light. It was also made to sound like a double bass. It was first shown at the Frankfurt Music Fair in 1956.[2] Paul McCartney bought a Höfner 500/1 in 1961 while in Hamburg. It would become his main bass for the rest of his career. McCartney using the bass made it very popular and Höfner still make the bass because of this.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hofner 500/1". Hofner. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Miles, Barry (1997). Many Years From Now. Vintage-Random House. pp. 74–75. ISBN 978-0-7493-8658-0.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. The Contemporary series models have a wood centre block.