The neck thickness measures 0.814" at the 1st fret and 0.967" at the 12th fret. Overall in very good condition for its age. The body has a lot of typical finish checking throughout. The body's binding is all in great condition with no cracking, just some normal yellowing and one little ding on the edge. All hardware is in great condition with light patina showing on some of the chrome.The back has one small spot of worming and regular checking. The neck heel is missing but is just cosmetic, not structural. There are some cosmetic finish checking lines around the neck joint. The back of the neck is glossy smooth with some finish wear around the edges.
The rosewood fingerboard is in great condition. The original frets are a little low but still plays great with no buzzing anywhere. All frets have just been polished to a bright shine. The neck is perfectly straight and the truss rod works.
The nut is in good working condition. The headstock has no major blemishes. The tuners all work perfectly.
All electronics are original and sound great with zero issues. Both potentiometers date to 1967. Includes the original hardshell case in good working condition. All latches work, as does he handle.
The exterior of the case's covering has quite a bit of wear and the tolex has come off. The previous owner wrote their name on the exterior of the case. The interior of the case is in good condition and fits the bass very well.
Does not include any other accessories. The Hofner 500/1 is closely associated with Paul McCartney and the Beatles. Paul's use of this bass in the early'60s propelled Hofner sales and turned the 500/1 into an absolutely iconic instrument. When German-made Hofner instruments were distributed in the United Kingdom, they were given model names to go along with their model numbers, and the 500/1 was dubbed the Violin Bass. It is also commonly referred to as the Beatles Bass.This design has been imitated by a number of other makers since including Vox and Greco. Years of Production: 1956 - present Unique to this Era: Louder blade-style pickups introduced in 1967. Body Style: Semi-hollowbody Wood Composition: Maple body, Spruce top, Rosewood fingerboard Design Elements: Bound body, glued-in neck, two pickups, dot inlays, three tone switches and two control knobs Notable Players: Paul McCartney, Chris Wood. The item "1967 Höfner 500/1 Violin Sunburst Beatle McCartney Vintage Hofner Bass Guitar" is in sale since Monday, April 19, 2021.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Bass Guitars". The seller is "holyheckmusic" and is located in Sonoma, California.This item can be shipped to United States.