The dark, tight-grained rosewood fretboard retains the original frets. The frets are practically perfect with just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, playing cleanly in every register.
The scale length is 30", and the fretboard width at the zero fret is 1 1/2", forward of the carved bone nut. On the headstock, the original gold Hofner script is in great shape, and the original tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The electronics work as intended, and the Hofner-embossed blade pickups are wired to the original harness with Preh pots that date to the 5th week of 1974.
The harness includes the trio of black switches and stock knobs with silver caps and black ridged surrounds. The original ebony floating bridge is intact too. The original Sunburst gloss finish is a particularly rich and dark burst for a Hofner 500/1, and cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle rash central to the back, a few isolated spots of lacquer checking on top, and one spot of finish wear into the gloss at the treble-side waist on top. The gloss finish is smooth and clean along the profile length. The original black hardshell case with blue interior is included.
A previous owner has written "Karl Hofner" on the case lid with gold paint. Check out our shop "Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, " and please let us know if we can answer any questions!International orders will be declared as merchandise, and the value of merchandise will be declared as the amount paid. We cannot declare anything as a gift or for a lesser value. We do our best to describe all items with honesty and accuracy, but to be sure, please. The item "1974 Hofner 500/1 Beatle Bass Vintage Violin Bass Blade Pickups with Case" is in sale since Saturday, October 2, 2021.
This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Bass Guitars". The seller is "mmguitarbar" and is located in Seattle, Washington.
This item can be shipped worldwide.