Paul McCartney

Of all the Hofner artists featured here one stands out above the rest. Paul McCartney has played a Hofner violin bass since 1961 when he purchased one whilst playing, with The Beatles, in Hamburg.  Fifty years later he is still playing a violin bass, a 1963 model that he has owned from new, and used on more recordings than can be counted. Paul continues to compose and to tour all over the world.

The 500/1 Violin bass was first introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Music Fair in 1956. To commemorate the 50th anniversary Hofner produced the  'Anniversary Bass', a limited edition of just 150 items. Bass number 1 of the limited production was presented to Paul McCartney.

Electric bass guitar -  500/1 Violin Bass

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