Paul McCartney has played a Hofner Violin Bass since 1961
Of all the Hofner artists featured here one stands out above the rest. Paul McCartney has played a Hofner violin bass since 1961 when he purchased one whilst playing, with The Beatles, in Hamburg. Fifty years later he is still playing a violin bass, a 1963 model that he has owned from new, and used on more recordings than can be counted. Paul continues to compose and to tour all over the world.
The 500/1 Violin bass was first introduced to the public at the Frankfurt Music Fair in 1956. To commemorate the 50th anniversary Hofner produced the 'Anniversary Bass', a limited edition of just 150 items. Bass number 1 of the limited production was presented to Paul McCartney.