Hofner Germany Violin Bass – ‘Mersey’

Brand: Hofner
Stock Id: HOFNER-H500/1-62-0

Hofner Germany Violin Bass – ‘Mersey’

Brand: Hofner
Stock Id: HOFNER-H500/1-62-0

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 recognisable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound.

The ‘Mersey’ bass is inspired by a bass made in August 1963 for Paul McCartney. Two piece neck, two-on-a-strip tuners and unbound neck. Fully hollow body. Original ’63 Hofner neck profile. Fitted with flatwound strings. For the fully authentic look and sound of the early 1960s this is the bass.

Also available in left-handed (L) version. {Though may be a special order}

Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.

Flag Handmade in Germany


  • Back, Sides & Neck Wood: Flame Maple
  • Case: Included Made in Germany
  • Fingerboard Wood: Rosewood
  • Pickups: Neck & Bridge: Höfner
  • Style: Violin Bass
  • Top Wood: Spruce

Product number: H500/1-62-0

Handmade at Höfner, Germany. Reissue of a bass made for Paul McCartney in 1963.

Instrument: Violin Bass
Model: H500/1-62-0
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
Construction Two Piece
Headstock Shape Hofner Violin Bass
Logo and Artwork Script
Neck Joint Violin Bass Set Neck
Joint At 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 22mm
Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret 26mm
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 Strip Nickel
Tuner Buttons Plastic
Tailpiece Hofner Trapeze Nickel
Nut Material Plastic
Pickguard White Pearl
Pickup Neck Hofner Staple Nickel
Pickup Middle
Pickup Bridge Hofner Staple Nickel
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.