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The 500/1 Violin Bass was first shown to the public at the Frankfurt Muiskmesse in 1956. It has been in continuous production ever since. Designed by Walter Höfner as an alternative to the upright double bass it fulfilled this aim and much more. It leapt to worldwide fame when Paul McCartney was seen playing one with The Beatles in the early 1960s. Today the 500/1 is offered in a number of models from the budget Ignition version through to the handmade German built re-issues and Gold label specials. Its short scale (30in) and ultra lightweight has found favour with many professionals over the years.

The sound of a Violin Bass is unlike any other bass. When used with flatwound strings it produces a distinctive deep and penetrating thud not unlike an upright double bass. This sound can be used to emulate those pop sounds of the 1960s or slightly overdriven in a modern rock band to provide a deep driving bass. It is also commonly used today in studios for recording bass lines for dance music. It has also seen increasing use in reggae bands where a deep driving bass is always wanted. Despite being one of the smallest basses available it easily produces massive bass lines and is remarkably versatile


The 60th Anniversary bass, finished in stunning black and white, has a number of key features and unique points.

The artwork on the top of the bass was designed for Höfner by Klaus Voormann who is very closely associated with The Beatles and is the designer of the cover of the world famous Revolver album. This album celebrates its 50th anniversary since release and accordingly the artwork for the bass is in the same unique style. Each bass comes with a Certificate of Authenticity which has been personally signed by Klaus Voormann.

The headstock of the bass has the original 1956 design, not used before on any re-issue instruments. All hardware on the bass is in black. The strings are Höfner black tape-wound. The original style oval control panel has been used and specially produced in white and black.

The bass is supplied with several special items which include:

Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by Klaus Voormann.

Limited Edition (60 only) art print of the Klaus Voormann design (only available with this bass).

Prints of Klaus Voormann (only available with this bass).

60th Anniversary coffee cup (only available with this bass).

60th Anniversary pen and box (only available with this bass).

White Höfner strap (only available with this bass).

Höfner Limited Edition handmade bass fuzz FX pedal.

Höfner music CD.

Set of "Teacup" knobs.


The bass, which is numbered, is supplied in the Höfner H259B bullet case.

This is a strictly limited edition of just 60 instruments worldwide, no other editions of this unique bass will be produced.

Instrument: Violin Bass   
Model: H500/1-KV-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 Black
Centerblock None
Neck Wood Flame Maple / Beech / Flame Maple
Construction Three Piece
Headstock Shape Hofner 50s Violin Bass
Logo and Artwork Original 50s Inlay
Neck Joint Violin Bass Set Neck
Joint At 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 21mm
Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret 24mm
Heel Cap Black
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 Black
Tuner Buttons Plastic
Tailpiece Hofner Trapeze Black
Nut Material Plastic
Pickup Neck Hofner Black Staple
Pickup Middle  
Pickup Bridge Hofner Black Staple
Potentiometer Knobs Black. Gold top included.
Electrics Hofner White Oval Panel
Strings Hofner Black Nylon Tape Wound
Approximate Weight Kg 2,1
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 2mm
Quick Weekly Payments on $10,099.00
  • 12 mths$217.85
  • 24 mths$120.08
  • 36 mths$87.97