Cams sov - Dating hofner violin basses

But for the sake of accuracy, the online transaction took place on March 20th, 2012. I searched high and low on the internet and missed out on a few e Bay auctions.

Eventually I came across a link for a little guitar shop in London – New Kings Road Vintage Guitars. It’s vintage and as far as I understand it’s in its original condition – short of having had the wiring rewound before it was sold to me. There are no special characteristics so to speak, but one of the original cream dials is missing its gold concave covering which leaves a rusty screw visible as can be seen in some of the amazing photographs taken by the super talented Dean Schmideg.

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To this day, the bass is commonly referred to as the “Beatle bass.” The semi-acoustic 500/1 was first manufactured in 1956, with a lot of variation between models over the years.

According to the Höfner article on Wikipedia: Mc Cartney played two left-handed 500/1 basses during most of the group’s career – a 1961 model with pickups mounted close together towards the neck, and a 1963 model, with the second pickup mounted closer to the bridge.

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.

I can’t overstate what a privilege it was to work with such a luminary of the industry.

Sometime during the recording of Let It Be, the 1961 model was stolen from Abbey Road Studios, along with George Harrison's Gretsch Tennessean and Rickenbacker 360/12.

He switched back to the Rickenbacker for the recording of Abbey Road and he even used it with Wings and his solo career.

This really was the fantasy-come-true as it was a genuine German vintage Höfner from bang smack in the middle of the era of some of The Beatles most innovative recordings being sold in 2012 in a specialist guitar shop, bang smack in the middle of London. While I originally intended on tracking down a vintage replacement part, I kind of like it the way it is, as it’s like evidence of its age and its journey, and underlines how remarkable it is that it has been around for this long and that’s the worst that has happened to it.

Of collector interest is probably also the fact that it came with its original Selmer case, which given its age, is in fantastic condition. As I’ve only had the bass for such a short time, there’s not really much to tell that’s of any interest.

Any notable bassists (other than yourself, of course) play the same instrument/use the same gear?

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