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’
BodyShapeViolin Bass
Wood TopSpruce
Wood BackFlame Maple
Wood SidesFlame Maple
Binding TopBlack / White / Black
Binding BackBlack / White / Black
Binding SidesWhite
NeckWoodFlame Maple / Beech / Flame Maple
ConstructionThree Piece
Headstock ShapeHofner Violin Bass.
Logo and ArtworkVertical
Neck JointViolin Bass Set Neck
Joint At16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret24mm
Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret28mm
Heel CapWhite Pearl
Nut Width42mm
Width At 12th Fret48mm
InlaysPearl Dots
Side DotsNone
Number Of Frets22
TypeHofner Fretted
HardwareTunersSingle Nickel “Rugby Ball”
Tuner ButtonsPlastic
TailpieceHofner Trapeze Nickel
Nut MaterialPlastic
PickguardWhite Pearl
Pickup NeckHofner Diamond Nickel
Pickup MiddleHofner Diamond Nickel
Pickup Bridge
Potentiometer KnobsGold top
ElectricsHofner Pearl Panel
StringsHofner Flat Wound
Approximate Weight Kg2,1
SetupAction Bass String at 12th Fret3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret2mm

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

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