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Wondering if anyone could help me date this bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dansumisu, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. dansumisu


    Jul 2, 2011
    im looking at purchasing this hofner bass, although i can't seem to be able to figure out the date of it and i dont like the idea of buying a fakey!

    so any help would be much appreciated.i think it looks like a 500/1 1968. but theres just a few things that make me doubt it e.g black switches on the controls.

    thanks for the help :D

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  2. just ask it to dinner.
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    A bottle of wine and a Barry White album.
  4. dansumisu


    Jul 2, 2011
    ha, brilliant!

    maybe that's where i was going wrong!
  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Does it have a serial #? Have you tried contacting Hofner? That's where I'd start.
  6. tsunami1052

    tsunami1052 What the Funk?

    Sep 13, 2005
  7. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
  8. dansumisu


    Jul 2, 2011
    thanks, very helpful :)
  9. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Need to see a pic of the front of the headstock showing the Hofner logo, but I would guess it to be an early 70's 500/1.

  10. I'm not an expert, but I did some research on my Hofner and think it's a 1970-73 model because of features including the headstock logo and the fact that the Hofner logo also is embossed into the pickguard. The absence of a pickguard logo on yours makes me suspect it's a late '60s piece.
  11. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member

    Flowers, chocolate, dinner and a movie (NOT a guy film gets you points...)
  12. When you do take it to dinner make sure you let the bass do most of the talking. That way it will feel that you are genuinely interested in it. I would also recommend stopping somewhere to get a nice bottle of wood oil in case you get to take it home after dinner! :D
  13. lavmonga


    Jul 27, 2007
    New York, NY
    Let me know if it doesn't work out between you two, I'd date her.
  14. Peacefrog35


    Dec 26, 2009
    It appears to be genuine,but the only thing that throws me off is a bass of the early 70s, in fact anything after 1964 should have a larger control plate than what is on the bass. Maybe it's the angle of the pic, but it appears to have a narrow control plate. After 64 these were considerably bigger until the reissues came out in the1990s. Someone could have swapped the plate, but the hole cut into the top should be too large for a small control plate....hmmm Would need to see add'l pics to be certain. Also, the cats head single tuners on this bass weren't usually the ones fitted on an early 70s bass either.

    I just checked the Vintage UK Hofner site. It would actually appear this bass is from the early 1990s...around 92 or 93. There's another bass almost just like it that has a very close serial number. That solves the mystery I had on the tuners and the narrow control plate. This bass is approx. 20 years old which makes it seem like a very safe buy IMO.