Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Bass - Sunburst

4-string Hollowbody Electric Bass with Spruce Top, Flame Maple Back and Sides, 2-pc Flame Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Sunburst
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Hofner's Iconic 1962 Violin Bass!

Paul McCartney first picked up a Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass in 1961, and by 1962 the Fab Four's bass player was fast on his way to turning this instrument into a staple of early rock. This Vintage '62 Violin Bass gives you the same amazing experience McCartney enjoyed when he first received his favorite Hofner, providing you with timeless sound, style, and playing comfort. Between its breathtaking flame maple and spruce construction and its classic Hofner Staple humbuckers, this Vintage '62 Violin Bass delivers the warm, woody, and vibrant sound that held down the back beat of the golden age of rock and roll.

Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Bass at a Glance:
  • A spot-on re-creation of Hofner's famous '62 Violin Bass
  • Hofner Staple humbuckers deliver classic bass guitar tone
  • Hofner - creating fantastic stringed instruments since 1887
A spot-on re-creation of Hofner's famous '62 Violin Bass

By 1962, Paul McCartney's Violin Bass had become a permanent fixture on the Beatles' bandstand. What began as a conveniently symmetrical instrument that wouldn't look too awkward flipped upside down (to accommodate McCartney's left handedness) quickly turned into a major part of the Beatles' sound. This Vintage '62 Violin Bass captures the sound, spirit, and style of this legendary bass perfectly.

Hofner Staple humbuckers deliver classic bass guitar tone

Everyone knows that the biggest contributor to your tone is the set of pickups loaded in your instrument. The Staple humbuckers that come standard on the Vintage '62 Violin Bass are designed to provide you with the same vintage bass tone that put Hofner on the map, back in the early mid '60s. So, if you're looking for that iconic warm, woody, and almost acoustic tone, then you'll be thrilled with this Vintage '62 Violin Bass!

Hofner - creating fantastic stringed instruments since 1887

Karl Hofner sold his first violins in 1887, and the Hofner company has been hand-building exceptional instruments ever since. When Sir Paul McCartney purchased a 500/1 Violin Bass to use with The Beatles, Hofner became a household name amongst musicians worldwide. With a focus on top-notch craftsmanship and tone, you'll feel and hear the difference when you get the Vintage '62 Violin Bass in your hands.

Hofner Vintage '62 Violin Bass Features:
  • A prefect re-creation of Hofner's '62 hollowbody electric bass
  • Flame maple back and sides topped with spruce provide plenty of natural acoustic resonance
  • 2-piece flame maple neck looks amazing and delivers phenomenal natural sustain
  • Hofner Staple humbuckers deliver classic warm, woody, and almost acoustic-style tone
  • Full set of traditional 500/1 style tone controls let you dial the perfect sound for any tune
  • Hofner vintage strap and hardshell case included
Experience iconic Hofner sound and style with this Vintage '62 Violin Bass!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Violin
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Sunburst
Body Material Spruce top, flame maple back/sides
Neck Material 2-piece flame maple, set
Neck Shape Original '62
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Pearl dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 30"
Nut Width 1.654"
Bridge/Tailpiece Trapeze, nickel
Tuners Strip, nickel
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Staple Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Staple Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x pickup mute sliders, 1 x solo/rhythm tone slider
Strings Hofner Flat Wound
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number H500/1-62-O

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5/5

62 hoofer demo

Well, I know that if we purchase something and are all excited, we issue 5's; me included People either love these things or hate them, IMHO. I'll speak to the lovers only and I'll try to go bullet point 1. These basses would probably cost a lot less if they were not associated with "u know who". Having said that, these are hand made in Germany and the demo that I received looks brand new and I've gone over it very carefully. So, it gets a 5 because I got a demo with a dead straight neck and perfect action for a demo price. If you love these basses and are in the market; one is available..i think? 2. dead quiet; great for recording 3. The controls make perfect sense once u understand them. two volumes bass switch which turns on neck pickup and applies a table cut ( big and thick finger style or pick; loses the honkyness) treble switch turns on bridge pickup, ( could be cool for jumping into a solo)?? solo switch ( very nice if ur playing a tune and need a little boost for a section only; I think its a slight volume cut) Bass and treble both on turns bass off. I use this when I'm recording and need to shut it off without touching my warm tone beast ( a plug for WARM)! Wonderful thud tone for doodling around unplugged. again, some people hate this sound 5 This bass is very comfortable to play. Once you get used to the narrow neck and string placement, it is a pleasure indeed. In general, I favor the neck pickup whether its finger or pick style. Fingerstyle, I can play off the neck pickup or if I need to cut, I'll play off the bridge pickup. I had a 63 that I gigged with years ago playing with fingers only. If the bass wasn't cutting through like I needed it to, I just dialed in a little bridge pickup and I could cut through a wall of guitars and keyboards. Hope this helps either push u to this bass or away if its not you cup of tea oops, last point...I would NEVER buy an expensive delicate demo like this online except through Sweetwater; maybe thats sounds like a plug, but I did it without hesitation and am "blown away"! mitch tampa
Music background: pro/ recording hobby guy
5/5

Happy Hofner Owner

This is my first Hofner. I've played clones and copies over the years, but never a true Hofner. It was pretty expensive, but it is a true joy to own if you are a bass lover. Super clear tone. In tune, out of the case. Amazing flatwound strings. Not a scratch on it. Case needs a little Elmer's Glue in a few spots to fasten down the vinyl covering. It is a really, really nice instrument to take out of the case and play. I gasped when I first opened the case. Very satisfied with purchasing it. Let it sit a day or so before un-boxing, as Sweetwater warns.. You don't want to subject this bass to extreme changes of temperature or humidity...A work of art..
5/5

One-of-a-kind sound...the Hofner sound!

This is the vintage sound from the 60's, the sound from The Beatles and many others. Once you plug in this bass and listen to that classic Hofner growl, you'll know immediately that you've landed in authentic classic-land.I won't go into a lengthy discussion about this bass except to say that you'll want this bass if you know what you're wanting to see and hear. I own one, and I will say that this bass is not for everyone. The Hofner bass is extremely light-weight. It's a hollowbody bass and will feel like a toy around your body. It's also difficult - not impossible, difficult - to play with fingers. Also, the tone of the Hofner isn't anywhere near what you can get with modern electronics. This isn't saying the tone is bad - not at all! Rather, it's different, quite unique. Thus, if you like heavy basses that feel substantial and a tone that's more 'modern,' this might not be the bass for you. Additionally, the price for this bass is not without suspicion. Hofner knows these prices would be less than half what they ask had in fact McCartney not popularized the instrument. That aside....That aside, the Hofner is faithful. Still made in Germany by the original company that manufactured Paul's notable bass, this is an amazing instrument. Compare this Hofner to the Icon, et al, and you'll immediate notice why this one is worth the price. If you want the authentic Hofner experience, get this bass and don't go for the less expensive/copies. You'll not regret the purchase, and your ears will thank you a million times over.
Music background: Studio Work
5/5

This is the real deal!

In the land of Chinese guitars and low prices instruments This one......Still made in Germany, still handmade, still made by some of the same people and still sounds like a warm, thuddy upright made for 60s and 70s tones. I have had a few older ones and this one is as good or better than ever! Way to go Hofner!
Music background: professional bassist
See also: Hofner, Hofner 4-string Bass Guitars