SOLD 1 of 5 Limited Edition Hofner Hand Carved H500/1 HGL + Vintage H64 Case Rare Green Line Violin Bass

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by sludgetail, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    RARE AS ALL HELL & MINT AS DAY-ONE: Here is something you don't see everyday -- this is 1 of 5 Hofner 500 / 1-HGL Green Line Basses made for the the United States and this is definitely a rare showcase model -- highly figured flame maple neck, back and sides -- check out those stripes! This is hand carved, no CNC machines, all beautiful walnut appointments (check out the vid below)!

    Gorgeous satin natural finish on a Spruce top -- still smells new as day-one, has not left case for more than an hour tops, and never left the studio! Color goes from light natural to beautiful butterscotch in sunlight -- see pics!

    This one if for the small batch/rare Hofner collectors & players of finely crafted & tuned German instruments!

    This stunning German-crafted, MINT example which has spent it's life in its case inside a climate controlled dust/smoke/pet free studio, features beautiful walnut binding (instead of plastic on the others), walnut bridge, walnut pickguard & knobs, plus no ugly rectangular control panel -- gorgeous 3-knob control layout! Also has a beautiful walnut-bound fretboard! German Schaller tuners and straplocs come standard on these rare models (still in packaging with tags, case candy, etc).

    She's killer sounding and extremely resonant, light, articulate and classic, featuring those traditional Hofner Blade Pickups and Hofner flatwounds ! All hangtags/case candy and original tweed Hardshell case included! Best of all -- NO EASILY CRACKED PLASTIC LIKE ON THE OTHERS!

    Priced to go and last of its kind in the USA. Get this rare piece that will only continue to rise in value at a bargain price while it lasts; hardshell case included and affordable shipping at just $69.00 including insurance to your door in the CONUS/Top 48 States.

    From Hofner, Germany:
    One of our aims with this instrument has been to eliminate as much plastic as possible and to use an environmentally friendly finish whilst retaining the looks and sound of the iconic Violin Bass. To this end the plastics used in the headplate, truss rod cover, heel plate, nut, pickup surrounds, scratchplate, dot markers and body binding have all been replaced with non-endangered walnut wood. The tuners and buttons are now metal which can easily be recycled. We replaced the ebony bridge with one crafted from walnut. The bass is finished in a light wax coat which is not poisonous to the environment and also very easy to repair should that ever be needed in the future.

    Specs via Hofner -

    Instrument: Violin Bass Green Line
    Model: H500/1-HGL-0
    Shape: Violin Bass
    Wood Top: Spruce
    Soundhole: None
    Wood Back: Flame Maple
    Wood Sides: Flame Maple
    Binding Top/Back: None
    Binding Sides: Walnut
    Centerblock: None
    Wood: Flame Maple
    Construction: 3 Piece (Maple/Walnut/Maple)
    Headstock: Hofner Violin Bass
    Logo/Artwork: Script laser cut with wooden insert

    Neck Joint: Violin Bass Set-Neck
    Joint at: 16th Fret
    Thickness Neck+FB at 1st Fret: 21mm
    Thickness Neck+FB at 12th Fret: 24mm
    Heel Cap: Walnut
    Fretboard Wood: Dark Composite / Walnut Bound Board
    Scale: 30" / 76cm
    Nut Width: 42mm
    Width at 12th Fret: 48mm
    Inlays: Pearl Dots
    Neck Binding: None
    Side Dots: Yes
    Number of Frets: 22

    Bridge, Hardware & Appointments
    Material: Walnut
    Type: Hofner Fretted
    Tuners: Enclosed Schaller Metal Tuners
    Neck & Bridge Pickup: Hofner Blade H513B
    Tuner Buttons: Metal, Locking Schaller Straploc
    Potentiometer Knobs: Walnut
    Control Layout: Volume - Volume - Tone

    Setup & Weight
    Approximate Weight (kg): 2,1
    Approximate Action Bass String at 12th Fret: 3mm
    Approximate Action Treble String at 12th Fret: 2mm

    Have sold for years on both Reverb (preferred seller) and decades on eBay, check out my feedback by clicking those links and see what people are saying. I pack well and you get my cell at purchase, along with pics of the process and updates and fast shipping.

    Free Shipping to Your Door (I will cover the cost); as crazy as shipping fees are -- I'm trying to keep it affordable for buyers & players!

    Local pickup in SoCal is okay and preferred; I'm in the city of Orange!


    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019
  2. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
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  3. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    I hope that’s a good censor?!

    Much love man
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  4. bassingeorge

    bassingeorge Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2003
    San diego, CA
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  5. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    much love my friend, have a great weekend!
  6. that's a beauty man , very cool. what year was it built ? GLWTS !!!
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  7. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    Thanks brother -- 2017! I just went back and did some research, 1 of 5 for the USA, all hand carved... cool little vid here:

    Have an awesome rest of your week my friend!
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  8. sludgetail


    Feb 26, 2018
    Orange, CA
    SOLD ON REVERB! Woohoo!