Sweetwater is delighted to welcome Hofner to the fold. With a proud heritage dating back to the 1880s, Hofner will forever be associated with the â€śBeatle bass,â€ť Paul McCartneyâ€™s violin-shaped instrument of choice during the bandâ€™s formative years. Paul actually had two 500/1 basses (made in 1961 and 1963) and still uses the â€™63 to this day â€” a fitting testimony to this German companyâ€™s outstanding build quality.
Hofner started out making violins in 1887. This family companyâ€™s brand recognition grew throughout Europe, and after the first World War, it expanded into export markets and soon developed a worldwide reputation as a maker of high-quality stringed instruments. In the 1930s, Hofner began to make guitars, and after weathering the hardships of World War II, it found itself well positioned for the birth of rock â€™nâ€™ roll.
With American instruments expensive and hard to come by, Hofnerâ€™s reputation for well-made, affordable guitars caught the attention of the artists of the burgeoning 1960s European music scene. Itâ€™s said that Keith Richardsâ€™s and John Lennonâ€™s first electric guitars were Hofners, and that Eric Clapton learned to play guitar on a Hofner acoustic. â€™Nuff said.
From classical to jazz to rock, Hofner has you covered!