Signed by Sir Paul McCartney for fellow Bass Player Jose Luis Precioso
1965 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" Bass (Signed by Sir Paul McCartney)
This near mint and original 1965/1966 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" bass weighs just 4.50 lbs and has a just over two-inch thick, eleven inch wide, 'violin' shaped full hollow-body. Arched one-piece spruce top, arched one-piece laminated 'flamed' maple back and triple-bound laminated maple sides. Two-piece flamed maple neck (similar to the bass that McCartney plays today) with a nut width of just over 1 9/16 inches and a comfortable medium-thick profile. Single-layer pearloid heel-cap with added strap button. Rosewood fretboard with a five-piece nut, a 'zero' fret and twenty-one original 'medium-thin' frets and mother-of-pearl dot position markers. (Replaced - period correct) individual open-back tuners with scalloped metal buttons. Black laminated headstock face with 'raised' Hofner script peghead logo in white plastic with gold face. Two Höfner Type 511 "Super" staple single-coil pickups with outputs of 4.36k and 4.51k. Two 'rotary' volume controls and three two-way 'slider' switches for "Rhythm/Solo", "Bass" and "Treble". Hofner 'teacup' control knobs with ribbed sides and metal tops, all on a 'thin' rectangular mother-of-pearl panel with black edging. 'Floating' four-saddle ebony bridge with ebony base with four 'friction-fit' moveable saddles. Hofner specific nickel 'trapeze' style tailpiece. Housed in a later four-latch, shaped black hardshell case with yellow plush lining (8.75). This guitar is a Spanish model from ca. 1965/66 with "Fabrica en Espana / A-20-01536" stamped in white on the back of the body. Inside the control panel, on the back of the body, written in black ink is "Jose Luis Precioso 50.827646." This McCartney 'Beatle' Bass is signed on the top in black marker pen by Sir Paul McCartney. (#1813)
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