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Help date a Hofner 500/1,...PLEASE !

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by renown, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. renown


    Jan 5, 2005
    This bass has no serial # No control plate. A prototype ??
    Headstock logo is silkscreened on. Seller says it's late 60s. Hofner book shows one dated 1970.
    Can any of you fellows throw some light on this ???

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  2. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    If you wanna date a Hofner, try taking it out to lunch first...

    Silkscreened headstock? Maybe it's a decal, and maybe it's a Hofner copy.
  3. I'm sure the asking price is quite high, too. I sure wouldn't risk a lot of money on something that has a lot of questionable points (no ser #? different controls, etc)

    Gruhn Guitars www.gruhn.com has a 67 Hofner that belonged to Dan Fogelberg for $3000 IIRC. You pay a little more sometimes to buy from companies like Gruhn, but at least they won't rip you off !!!
  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    This bass is a 1970-71 and it's a Hofner not a clone. These are often referred to as the "500/1 Custom" because of the controls, or lack there of compared the standard 500/1.

    Can't say for sure how many were made, but they are common.