Hofner Germany Violin Bass – 61 ‘Cavern’

Brand: Hofner | Stock Id: HOFNER-H500/1-61-0

The Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass was designed by Walter Hofner and launched at the Frankfurt Music Messe in 1956. It has since gone on to become one of the most recongisable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound.

The Hofner 500/1 ‘Cavern’ Violin Bass takes it’s name from the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Opened in 1957 this Club was one of the most important small clubs in Europe for bands trying to make it big in the Beatboom era. In 1960 the first beat night session was held featuring Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with Ringo Starr on drums and by mid 1961 the Merseybeat scene was in full flow with the Beatles and the Cavern Club centre stage.

Inspired by the original 1961 model which was purchased by Paul McCartney in Hamburg. Fully hollow body. Original ’61 Neck profile. Also available in left-handed version. {Though may be a special order}

Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.

Flag Handmade in Germany

h500 1 61 0 1 n


Style: Violin Bass

Top Wood: Spruce

Back, Sides & Neck Wood: Flame Maple

Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood

Pickups: Neck & Middle: Höfner Diamond Nickel

Case: Included

Made in Germany


Product number: H500/1-61-0
The “Cavern” version of the Höfner Violin Bass.
Handmade at Höfner, Germany. Reissue of an early bass by Paul McCartney.
Instrument: Violin Bass ‘Cavern’
Model: H500/1-61-0
Category Term Description
Body Shape Violin Bass
Wood Top Spruce
Soundhole None
Wood Back Flame Maple
Wood Sides Flame Maple
Binding Top Black / White / Black
Binding Back Black / White / Black
Binding Sides White
Centerblock None
Neck 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
Fingerboard 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
Bridge Material Ebony
Type Hofner Fretted
Hardware 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
Pickup Bridge
Potentiometer Knobs Gold top
Electrics Hofner Pearl Panel
Strings Hofner Flat Wound
Approximate Weight Kg 2,1
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 2mm

Due to ongoing product development efforts, specifications are subject to change without notice.

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