An exceedingly rare and fully original 1958 Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass with an original hard case.
Has a two piece arched spruce top, maple sides, and a one piece flat maple back. The top and back are triple bound. The early neck is without adjustable truss rod, and it measures 15/8" at the nut, has 30" scale length, and a deep D shaped profile. The fingerboard is rosewood and has 21 jumbo frets and pearl dot position markers. The strip tuning machines are original. The headstock has a black overlay with a vertical silk screened Hofner logo framed by decorative lines. The original pickguard is also present. It is of single ply "tortoise shell" plastic trimmed in thin white strips. Some sections of the white is missing. The two original single coil pickups are positioned 2 1/4" apart with thumb wheels on either end of each pickup to adjust the height.
The bridge, the tailpiece and the four original Preh potentiometers are present but two of them were replaced because they did not turn. These are included in the case pocket. They are date coded 278 (27th week of 1958). The pots are mounted in an oval tortoise shell plastic plate that is trimmed in white. There are a volume and tone control for each pickup. As far as I can tell, the electronics were never tampered with until we replaced the two potentiometers in order to make this bass fully functional. The neck has most likely been reset on this bass some time in the past, as evidenced by the finish mismatch on both sides of the neck where it butts up to the body. The neck is straight and the frets show no wear at all.
There are no cracks in the top, sides, back, or neck. There are dings at the bass side of the bridge pickup on the top as well as some small dings to the finish. The back has some finish dings in the upper bass bout. There are also some dings to the edges of the headstock and neck heel. Visually the instrument looks great.
The string height / action is low, and the neck is straight. It is strung with flatwound strings.
The bass weights 4 lbs 6.7 oz.