2012 Hofner 5000/1 Deluxe Violin Beatle Bass Natural Made Germany Case Candy Hardshell Case

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A truly beautiful German Made instrument. It’s a discontinued model of the Hofner line. The very top of the line! A 2012 Hofner  Violin 5000/1 Deluxe Bass Guitar with the original Hardshell Case and included Hang Tags and Case candy! Both Hofner Hang Tags, one with this guitars serial number, a truss rod adjustment tool, and case keys…

This was a Pro Players baby. He reluctantly traded it in on a Fender Tweed Amp that he absolutely had to have…I was happy to get this one in trade. I have had Hofner Basses in the past, but never this high end model. This Bass is fantastic. The Natural finished woods are just beautiful and it plays and sounds as good as it looks…

The 5000/1 violin bass was Hofner's Deluxe version of the 500/1. Hofner decided to discontinue this bass in early 2015. This Violin Bass was available in a Natural Finish and fretted or fretless versions. The 5000/1 features Gold plated hardware, Ebony fretboard, a Hofner "Diamond" headstock inlay and highly sought after Birds Eye Maple back and sides. It's a beautiful bass. Note this was the only Hofner German bass available as a fretless bass. Also note these cool basses do not have a tone robbing center block in them.

Here is some info I found on the net regarding these cool bass guitars.


(1968 to Discontinued Spring 2015)

5000/1 is the name given by Hofner apparently to any violin bass which has a blonde/natural body. That surprised me, as I have always assumed that "5000/1" denoted only Hofner's top-of-the-range bass model with all its mother of pearl inlays, beautiful binding & purfling, superior laminates, and of course the gold-plating. The vast majority of 5000/1s do of course fall into that luxury category, but there have been very rare occasions when Hofner have produced a blonde violin bass called a 5000/1 that doesn't have every one of those trimmings. Perhaps matters are now made clearer by Hofner's adoption, since 2000, of the model name "5000/1 Deluxe" for the bass that the rest of us know simply as the 5000/1.

The 5000/1 has been in the Hofner price lists since 1968, when it was actually called the "5000/1 Super" ! This bass is very little changed from the present-day 5000/1 Deluxe, with the exception of different electrics which from around 1994 have been staple Type 511 pickups mated to a narrow (tortoiseshell) control console, in line with the '63 re-issue 500/1. Other features of the 5000/1 Deluxe are blonde/natural finish, laminated spruce body top, selected highly flamed maple or birds-eye maple (mainly on post 2006 basses) back & side, ebony fingerboard with double fret-marker dots, one-piece (usually flamed) maple neck, inlaid mother of pearl headstock inlay design, gold-plated, hardware, pearloid body & neck binding with plenty of body surround purfling.



Although it shares the violin body shape and body woods, and pickups, the Deluxe is a distinct departure from the Vintage models with a one-piece European maple neck, ebony fretboard, gold-plated hardware, and diamond-shaped mother-of-pearl headstock inlays. A dark, full-body binding that contrasts with the lighter woods of the body is another of the details that sets the Deluxe apart. Responsive and light in weight, it is truly a pleasure to play.


Selected German spruce top, back and sides of selected Birds Eye maple

1-piece maple neck

Ebony fretboard, 22 frets

Abalone double dots

Machine heads: Hofner 61/73B (4 individual)

Hofner 72/20B ebony bridge with movable metal saddles for perfect intonation and string spacing

Hofner 62/30 trapeze tailpiece, brass

Hofner 65/36-B floating celluloid pickguard, black

2 Hofner 511B "Staple" humbucking pickups

Hofner A2-B: Control panel with 2 volume controls, 2 on/off switches,    rhythm/solo switch for volume boost

Gold-plated hardware

Full body binding

Natural finish

It has 22 frets and a 30 inch scale neck…the nut measures 1 5/8th inches.

This Bass is a Pro Bass Players delight. Light weight yet has all the sound and features expected from the German made Hofner’s finest model.

Be sure to check out the cool Original Hardshell Case. As nice as the bass. Nothing to note. It was very lightly used. It comes with the shown Case Candy. Both Hofner Hang Tags, one with this guitars serial number, a truss rod adjustment tool, and case keys…

Sold as-is no returns as its used, however, I have been hand picking my customers instruments now for over 17 years. They have all loved the guitars I find. This beautiful Bass will certainly not be an exception.

Thanks for checking out our cool Guitars

Mike at Lawman Guitars

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