Hofner Fab Gear Limited Edition 500/1 Model Beatle Bass (Fab Gear Burst)


NEW - "For years as a Hofner dealer, customers have asked Me 'I want to get a Hofner Beatle bass just like Paul McCartney’s'. When I researched and wrote the Beatles Gear book in the 1990’s, I sourced and archived thousands of photos, and videos of The Beatles with Paul using his famous Hofner Beatle bass. We even gained access to Sir Paul’s actual Beatle bass which we photographed for the book. It was with all of this knowledge, detailed information and now as a Hofner Premium Dealer that I teamed up with the good people at the Hofner Custom Shop, to come up with a Beatle bass that is identical to McCartney’s iconic bass that was built for him by Hofner in 1963." - Andy Babiuk

The Hofner Fab Gear Burst 500/1 Limited Edition Model is built by the Hofner Custom Shop, exclusively for Andy Babiuk’s Fab Gear. Every detail was scrutinized to be as accurate as possible, including the special “Fab Gear Bust” finish with the correct sunburst color on the body, and sunburst on the sides and back of the neck to be most similar to Paul McCartney’s famous Hofner Beatle bass. Each Hofner Fab Gear Burst 500/1 is hand numbered and comes with a Hofner deluxe tweed hardshell case, certificate of authenticity, Hofner warranty / paperwork, a replica of Paul’s original leather strap and an autographed copy of Andy's book “Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four’s Instruments From Stage to Studio – The Ultimate Edition”!


Includes free shipping in the continental USA, and free expert guitar setup!

The first set are sold out!

We have more coming from the Hofner Custom Shop. Call us at Fab Gear or email to special orders yours today! 585.425.0077

Price $3495



  • Shape: Violin Bass
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back: Flame Maple
  • Sides: Flame Maple
  • Binding Top: Black / White / Black
  • Binding Back: Black / White / Black
  • Binding Sides: White
  • Centerblock: None
  • Finish: Fab Gear Burst


  • Wood: Flame Maple
  • Construction: Two Piece
  • Headstock Shape: Hofner Violin Bass
  • Logo and Artwork: Script
  • 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


  • 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


  • Tuners: Strip Nickel
  • Tuner Buttons: Plastic
  • Tailpiece: Hofner Trapeze Nickel
  • Nut Material: Plastic
  • Pickguard: White Pearl
  • Neck Pickup: Hofner Staple Nickel
  • Bridge Pickup: Hofner Staple Nickel
  • Tone Knobs: Gold top
  • Electronics: Hofner Pearl Panel
  • Strings: Hofner Flat Wound
  • Approximate Weight Kg: 2,1

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