Vintage 1975 Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass Sunburst


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What makes this guitar special: A real gem, in terrific condition for its age. Notoriously hard to date, some of the specs on this one place it as early as late ’74, and some as late as early ’76. Based on the combination of these, we’re calling it a ’75. It sports the polyurethane finish (late ’74 and on), Hofner embossed blade pickups (discontinued in ’76), black control knobs (’74 and on), and the all-white nut (late ’75 and on). It’s in remarkable shape for its age, and looks to have been scarcely played, with tons of fret life and almost no scratching or wear. Professionally inspected by the experts at Cream City Music, it’ll arrive ready to play out of the case!

Cosmetic condition: Terrific condition, with some light wear throughout. There are various scratches, dents, dings, nicks, and scuffs, most of which are visible only under particular lighting. There is an age old repaired crack on the top, which has been professionally repaired and filled. The bridge has been lowered to accommodate better action, the saddle fret for the d-string is missing, and there is some scuffing on the back of the headstock as well. There is also some chipping under the electronics cover, which just barely peeks out the side.   

Body: Hollow double bound violin body in sunburst finish. Trapeze tailpiece with fretted ebony bridge and floating rosewood base. Multi-ply pearloid pickguard with black Hofner logo and black pickup bezels.

Weight: 4 lb, 15 oz

Neck: C-shaped solid maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard. Black side dots and pearl dot inlays. 1 5/8” nut width with zero fret. 30” scale length. Bound headstock with black overlay and gold Hofner logo. Closed tuners with plastic buttons. Frets are in great shape with a ton of life left. Neck is straight and truss rod functions as it should.

Electronics: Dual Hofner-embossed blade pickups with enlarged pearl control plate. Black volume knobs and mini-toggles for adjustable bass, treble, and rhythm/solo.

Case: Unoriginal, contemporary Hofner hard shell case included.