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Dating hofner guitars

The only way of finding this identification is by inserting a dental mirror and some illumination through the treble f-hole.

He soon became the largest manufacturer of string instruments in the country.The 500/1 was unveiled in 1956 at the Frankfurt Music Fair.It's ironic but the 500/1 was not available in the UK until 1963. KG is a German (originally Austro-Bohemian) manufacturer of musical instruments, with one division that manufactures guitars and basses, and another that manufactures other string instruments, such as violins, violas, cellos, double basses and bows for stringed instruments.Much of Höfner's popularity is attributed to Paul Mc Cartney's use of the Höfner 500/1 bass throughout his career.His sons Josef and Walter joined the company around 1920, and began spreading the brand's reputation worldwide.

The company became involved in production for the Germany army in World War II producing wooden crates and soles for boots.

The 500/1 bass featured a symmetrical violin style design, was very light weight, had very good playability and a was offered at a reasonable price.

The 500/1 was conceived in 1955 by Walter Hofner who believed a violin shaped bass would be easy to manufacturer along side of his existing double bass production line.

The 500/1 featured a hollow body, flat back (until 1962), light weight and short 30" scale.

The back and sides were made of laminated flamed maple with a solid spruce top. The fret board was made from Brazilian or Indian rosewood and had 20 frets (the 1957 models had 21 frets). Early Hofner basses used strip style tuners however later models used individual tuning machines.

In 1961 Paul Mc Cartney purchased a left handed Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass from Steinway's Music in Hamburg Germany, an event that would make Hofner a recognized brand word wide.