Pre-Order - Paul McCartney acquired his first Hofner 500/1 Violin bass in 1961 while the Beatles were playing in Hamburg Germany. Known now as the Hofner ‘Cavern’ model with the two forward neck pickups, Paul played his first Hofner for endless Beatle shows and recordings until he received his second Hofner 500/1 bass with the two pickups spread apart in 1963. In the early summer of 1964 Paul decided to have his road worn ‘Cavern’ bass refinished and refurbished as the pickup rings were broken. Paul said at the time, “It has seen so much work that some of it is held with sellotape!" Paul used his ‘refinished’ Horner Beatle Bass as a backup for The Beatles 1964 and 1965 tours, in the studio during the Get Back / Let It Be filming and recording sessions and most notably for the ‘Revolution’ video filmed in 1968.

For years as a Hofner dealer, customers have asked me, “I want to get a Hofner ‘Cavern’ Beatles bass like Paul McCartney’s first but the way it looked when he had it redone and used in the Beatles’ ‘Revolution’ video.” When I researched and wrote the Beatles Gear book in the 1990’s, I detailed the whole story of Paul’s first Hofner and how he had it redone (excerpts from the book below). It was with all this knowledge, detailed information and now as a Hofner Premium Dealer that I teamed up with the good people at the Hofner Custom Shop to come up with The Hofner Fab Gear Revolution 500/1-61-REV Limited Edition Model built by the Hofner Custom Shop exclusively for Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear.

Every detail was scrutinized to be as accurate as possible, including the custom made pickup surround and the special “Revolution Bust” finish with the correct 3 color sunburst and sunbursting on the sides and back of the neck to be most similar to Paul McCartney’s famous Hofner Revolution Beatle bass. Each Hofner Fab Gear Revolution 500/1 is hand numbered and comes with a Hofner deluxe tweed hardshell case, certificate of authenticity, Hofner warranty / paperwork and an autographed copy of my book “Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four’s Instruments From Stage to Studio – The Ultimate Edition”!



Instrument: Fab Gear Revolution Beatle Bass
Model: H500/1-61-REV

Shape Violin Bass
Wood Top Spruce
Soundhole None
Wood Back Flame Maple
Wood SidesFlame Maple
Binding Top Black / White / Black
Binding Back Black / White / Black
Binding Sides White
Centerblock None

Wood: Flame Maple / Beech / Flame Maple
Construction: Three Piece
Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass.
Logo and Artwork: Vertical
Neck Joint: Violin Bass Set Neck
Joint At: 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret: 24mm
Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret: 28mm
Heel Cap: White Pearl

Wood: Rosewood
Scale: 30"/76cm
Nut Width: 42mm
Width At 12th Fret: 48mm
Inlays: Pearl Dots
Binding: None
Side Dots: None
Number Of Frets: 22

Material: Ebony
Type: Hofner Fretted

Tuners: Single Nickel "Rugby Ball"
Tuner Buttons: Plastic
Tailpiece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel
Nut Material: Plastic
Pickguard: White Pearl
Pickup Neck: Hofner Diamond Nickel
Pickup Middle: Hofner Diamond Nickel
Potentiometer Knobs: Gold top
Electrics: Hofner Pearl Panel
Strings: Hofner Flat Wound
Approximate Weight Kg: 2,1

Action Bass String at 12th Fret: 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret: 2mm

Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear

Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear

Brand New
3-Color Sunburst
Original Hard
8 Years
Andy Babiuk's Fab Gear
Andy Babiuk
Rochester,, NY
11:50 PM
Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear Showroom Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am to 6pm After Hours by Appointment

Customers ordering merchandise via phone/internet may use all major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express), PayPal, Personal Check (must clear account before we ship), Cashier’s Check, Money Order, and Bank Wire Transfer (coordinates provided upon request). Please note that all international sales are by bank wire or PayPal only. For in-store sales we accept all major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express), Cashier’s Check, Money Order, and that green stuff they call Cash.

At Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear we ship your gear to you FREE! All qualifying items and orders over $100 placed through our website qualify for free shipping via UPS Ground and is limited to the continental United States. The shipping address must match your credit card billing address or your order will be cancelled. Repeat customers can call to request shipping to an alternative address. We usually ship by UPS or FedEx. With the high quality of instruments that we offer we feel that this is safest and most reliable method of shipping. On special request, we will try to accommodate all special shipping requests. All shipments are fully insured. You can upgrade to next day or second day shipping at your cost. Please call us to upgrade your shipment. Customer pays all shipping on any returned merchandise. All insurance claims are the responsibility of the customer.

24 hour approval with shipping at the buyers expense. Upon receipt, if you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you must notify us within 24 hours and we will refund your money as soon as the merchandise is returned to us in the same condition as when shipped (except for layaways). Customer is responsible for all shipping, insurance and bank charges that may occur. Call Fab Gear with any questions 585.425.0077