Of collector interest is probably also the fact that it came with its original Selmer case, which given its age, is in fantastic condition. As I’ve only had the bass for such a short time, there’s not really much to tell that’s of any interest.
Probably the most extraordinary thing about it is that I didn’t have to pay a single cent for it as my family and friends all contributed on account of it being for a milestone birthday.
Here’s the story behind Adrian’s 1996 Höfner 500/1… I’ve owned this little gem since it arrived at my studio on April 4th, 2012.
But for the sake of accuracy, the online transaction took place on March 20th, 2012. I searched high and low on the internet and missed out on a few e Bay auctions.
Despite the fact that Hofner produced only 250 of the 500/1 bass guitars in the seven years prior to the Beatles’ Sullivan appearance, Hofner was soon forced to increase production of the violin-shaped guitar just to keep up with new orders. Jordan, current sales director for Hofner, says that the Hofner violin bass has “been manufactured in large quantities almost unchanged for more than 50 years and is always attracting new aficionados.” The journey of the Hofner violin bass, from relative obscurity to icon status, began at the intersection of bad luck and necessity.
You see, Paul Mc Cartney didn’t want to play the bass guitar in the first place.
During the shooting, however, the 1961 bass was stolen, and Mc Cartney used his newer Höfner for the remainder of the film, including the famous rooftop performance.