Hofner beatle bass dating
Also marketed in the US during the late 60's/early 70's as the "Model G500/1 Super Beatle".
Any special history or story behind this instrument or the company who made it? At this stage, it’s something I’ve been using exclusively in my studio.
The deluxe version of the 500/1 Bass, with blonde finish as standard, beautiful flame maple back and sides, fancy body binding, and on later versions, gold-plated hardware.
Most 5000/1's up to the 1990's seem to have been fitted with active electronics - either a "bass booster" (B) or occasionally a "sound mixer" (M) circuit being incorporated.
Interestingly I don’t record bass or guitars with any live amps, preferring to use amp modeling software like Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig, IK Multimedia’s Amplitube and Universal Audio’s Softube Amp Room. I’ve also played in lots of bands in Melbourne, Australia, including “underground” ’90s outfits Alice In Wonderpants, Aubergine and Grannyflat.
The ability to chop and change, long after the source performance is tracked, is a Godsend for tweaking the tone. I also just mastered a track at Abbey Road studios with their senior mastering engineer, Steve Rooke, who among squillions of other era-defining recordings also mastered the Beatles Anthologies.
Its semi-hollow body and hot, blade-style pickups are just a few of the parts that make up the singular Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass.