An Incredible 1968 German Hofner 'Fretless' 'Beatle' Bass
1968 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" 'Fretless' Bass
This unbelievably rare, near mint and totally original 'German' 1968 Hofner 500/1 "Violin" fretless bass weighs just 4.80 lbs and has a two-inch thick, eleven inch wide, 'violin' shaped full hollow-body with a nitro-cellulose one-piece spruce top. 'Curved' one-piece book-matched laminated 'flamed' maple back and triple-bound laminated maple sides. Ono-piece maple neck with a nut width of just over 1 9/16 inches and a wonderful fat profile and a 'short' heel. Rosewood fretboard with a 'zero' fret and twenty-two original flat white fret lines and pearloid dot position markers. Individual 'van Gent' closed-back tuners with squared-off white plastic oval buttons. Black laminated headstock face with "Hofner" script decal in gold. Gold decal on back of headstock "Genuine / Hofner / Original / Made in Germany" and another smaller decal with the serial number printed in black. Two Hofner 513 (blade) single-coil pickups with engraved "Hofner" and individual height adjustments, with outputs of 6.47k and 6.54k. Two 'rotary' volume controls and three two-way 'slider' switches for "Rhythm/Solo", "Bass" and "Treble". Hofner black plastic control knobs with ribbed sides and aluminium tops, all on a 'wide' rectangular mother-of-pearl base with black edging (stamped in black "D.G.M. cng"). The original potentiometers are made by 'Preh' and are all stamped "706" (February 1967). Original three-ply 'mother-of-pearl' over black plastic pickguard with the "Hofner" script engraved in black. 'Floating' four-saddle ebony bridge with ebony base with four 'friction-fit' moveable saddles. Hofner specific 'short' nickel 'trapeze' style tailpiece. Cream plastic strap buttons on neck heel and tailpiece.This super rare bass in in almost new (9.50) condition. Housed in the Original Hofner four-latch, shaped black hardshell case with medium blue plush lining (9.00). (#1807)

Year Condition Color Case
1968 Near Mint Sunburst Original Hard


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