Hofner beatle bass dating
Here’s the story behind Adrian’s 1996 Höfner 500/1… I’ve owned this little gem since it arrived at my studio on April 4th, 2012.
But for the sake of accuracy, the online transaction took place on March 20th, 2012. I searched high and low on the internet and missed out on a few e Bay auctions.
I’d love to be able to say that Sir Paul has played this particular specimen but unfortunately, that’s most unlikely as it’s a right-hander.
Sadly I don’t have any other information about who has graced her slender, woody neck.
In terms of other musicians who are associated with this classic instrument though, it can be heard most recently and to magnificent effect on the two ‘Tame Impala’ albums, .
Any special history or story behind this instrument or the company who made it? At this stage, it’s something I’ve been using exclusively in my studio.
The deluxe version of the 500/1 Bass, with blonde finish as standard, beautiful flame maple back and sides, fancy body binding, and on later versions, gold-plated hardware.
KG began building instruments in 1887, later becoming the largest manufacturer of string instruments in Germany.
This has allowed me to present a much greater range of models and vintages than encompassed by my own collection, and maybe this will help other visitors to the site to identify and date their own Hofner.
Click on the underlined heading for each guitar to view photographs of that particular example.
According to the Höfner article on Wikipedia: Mc Cartney played two left-handed 500/1 basses during most of the group’s career – a 1961 model with pickups mounted close together towards the neck, and a 1963 model, with the second pickup mounted closer to the bridge.
Mc Cartney used the 1961 bass until the recording of in late 1963 when he obtained his second 500/1.