Hofner H500/18 ‘President’ Style Bass (Sunburst)

Hofner_H50018_President_Style_Bass_Sunburst_53242NEW - Hofner has made only a few of these German handcrafted H500/18 basses and they are no longer in production. We were very lucky to finally get our hands on one from the German factory and not only is it a stunning looking instrument it is probably one of the loudest basses acoustically that we have very played. It looks, plays and sounds AMAZING!

The Höfner 500/18 bass is inspired by large hollow bodied slimline basses that Höfner produced in the 1950s and 1960s. The 17 inch slimline body, with spruce top and flame maple back and sides, is fully hollow, no centre block is used, in order to produce the distinctive deep resonation tone that this type of bass guitar is famous for. Plugged in this bass delivers a deep thunderous sound that is likely to make eveything in the room vibrate, pictures to fall off the wall and the windows to rattle.

Playing this bass makes a statement about you, your style and the sound you prefer. It's a big, classic bass with a big classic sound. The neck is short scale, 30 inch, as is usual with Höfner basses, which together with the lightweight hollow body makes for very comfortable playing well into the night. No shoulder or back strain here. 

It is fitted with a pair of Höfner "Staple" 510B humbucking pickups, famously used on the Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass, as these deliver, in our opinion, the best possible sound for this type of bass. The gloss finish in Höfner Brunette, is subtle yet rich, a glowing burst just like the basses from yesteryear. Further information for the technically minded is on the specification tab. It is handmade in Germany in our workshops, where we produce high quality beautiful instruments in the traditional way, as we have done for years and years. Includes a Höfner deluxe case.

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SPECIFICATION SHEET

   
Instrument:

H500/18 Bass

 
Model:

H500/18

 
Category

Term

Description

Body

Shape

17" Jazz

Wood Top

Arched spruce

Soundhole 

Traditional F-Hole (2)

Wood Back

Arched - flame maple

Wood Sides

Flame Maple

Binding Top

Black / White / Black

Binding Back

Black / White / Black

Binding Sides

White

Centerblock

None

Finish

Brunette

Neck

Wood

Flame maple

Construction

3 piece

Headstock Shape

Hofner traditional

Logo and Artwork

Script Lily

Neck Joint

Bass Set Neck

Joint At

16th Fret

Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret

21mm

Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret

24mm

Heel Cap

White

Finish

Brunette

Fingerboard

Wood

Rosewood

Scale

30"/76cm

Nut Width

42mm

Width At 12th Fret

48mm

Inlays

Pearl Dots

Binding

White

Side Dots

Yes

Number Of Frets

22

Bridge

Material

Ebony

Type

Hofner Fretted

Hardware

Tuners

Single Nickel Hofner H61/73B

Tuner Buttons

Plastic - white

Tailpiece

Hofner Trapeze Nickel - Long

Nut Material

Plastic

Pickguard

None

Pickup Neck

Hofner Staple 511B

Pickup Bridge

Hofner Staple 511B

Potentiometer Knobs

White

Electrics

2 x Volume, 2 x Tone

Strings

Flat Wound medium scale (Pyramid)

Approximate Weight KG

 
Setup

Action Bass String at 12th Fret

3mm

Action Treble String at 12th Fret

2mm

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