A Fine and Totally Original 1958 Honer 500/1 Violin Bass
1958 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" Bass
This exceptionally rare and totally original 1958 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" bass weighs just 4.40 lbs and has a 10 3/4 inch wide 'violin' shaped full hollow-body with a two-piece spruce top, a 'flat' two-piece book-matched laminated maple back and triple-bound laminated maple sides. Early style (no truss-rod), thirty inch scale three-piece maple/beech/maple neck with a nut width of 1 5/8 inches and a really fat profile. Rosewood fretboard with twenty original 'jumbo' frets and mother-of-pearl dot position markers. 'Kolb' open-back strip tuners with engraved plates and squared-off pearloid oval buttons. Black laminated headstock face with vertical "HOFNER" logo printed in white and framed by decorative lines. Original single-ply 'tortoiseshell' pickguard with white edge. Two 'close-spaced' (2 1/4 inches apart) Hofner black plastic bodied single coil "Bar" pickups with individual height adjustments and outputs of 5.79k and 5.82k. Two 'rotary' volume controls and three two-way 'slider' switches for "Rhythm/Solo", "Bass" and "Treble". Hofner white plastic 'teacup' control knobs with ribbed sides and metal tops, all on a 'wide' rectangular tortoiseshell base with white edging (stamped in black "D.G.M. cng"). The original potentiometers are made by 'Preh' and are all stamped "278" (July 1958). 'Floating' four-saddle ebony bridge with ebony base with four 'friction-fit' moveable saddles. Hofner specific nickel 'trapeze' style tailpiece. Apart from a few small insignificant surface marks on the top and back this fantastic bass is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition. Housed in a fifties Gibson EB-1 four-latch shaped, brown hardshell case with pink plush lining (9.00). (#1821)

Year Condition Color Case
1958 Excellent Sunburst Hard


Fretted Americana
David Brass
Calabasas, CA
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