Hofner® 500/1 ‘Cavern’ Violin Beatle Bass (Sunburst) (SN#W0124H029)

Hofner_61_500_1_5001_Cavern_Violin_Bass_Cavern_Club_The_Beatles_Paul_McCartney_Model_SNW0124H029_1242342NEW - 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 recongisable electric bass guitars in the music world in terms of both looks and sound. The Hofner 500/1 'Cavern' Violin Bass takes it's name from the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. Opened in 1957 this Club was one of the most important small clubs in Europe for bands trying to make it big in the Beatboom era. In 1960 the first beat night session was held featuring Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with Ringo Starr on drums and by mid 1961 the Merseybeat scene was in full flow with the Beatles and the Cavern Club centre stage. Inspired by the original 1961 model which was purchased by Paul McCartney in Hamburg. Fully hollow body. Original '61 Neck profile. Also available in left-handed version. Including a Hofner Vintage strap and Hofner case.

You are looking at Serial Number: W0124H029



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Price: $2,869.99





  • 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



  • Wood: Flame Maple/Beech/Flame Maple
  • Construction: Three Piece
  • Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass.
  • Logo and Artwork: Vertical
  • 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: 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


  • Material: Ebony
  • Type: Hofner Fretted
  • Finish Top: Sunburst
  • Body: Sunburst
  • Neck: Sunburst


  • Tuners: Single Nickel “Rugby Ball”
  • Tuner Buttons: Plastic
  • Tailpiece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Pickguard: White Pearl


  • Tone Controls: Hofner Pearl Panel
  • Pickup Neck: Hofner Diamond Nickel
  • Pickup Middle: None
  • Pickup Bridge: Hofner Diamond Nickel
  • Potentiometer Knobs: Gold top


  • Strings: Hofner Flat Wound
  • Setup: Action Bass String at 12th Fret: 3mm
  • Action: Treble String at 12th Fret: 2mm


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