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Hofner HCT-500/1 CT Violin Bass Guitar

The HCT-500/1 gives you the vintage tone and feel of the legendary violin bass with a contemporary look.


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The Contemporary Series version of the famous Violin bass by Hofner is the upgrade to the Icon series. The HCT-500/1 faithfully reproduces the look, feel and tone of the classic, German made violin bass from back in the early '60s.

The HCT-500/1 features beautiful Flame Maple body with a Spruce top and hand carved solid Spruce sustain block inside the body of the bass to give you an in-depth, resonating bass tone with superior sustain. The 30'' scale of the set, 3-piece Maple/Beech/Maple neck combined with 22 frets and Rosewood fingerboard featured on the HCT-500/1 give this bass it's incredible feel and playability. Housing original Höfner (German made) Staple-Top pick-ups, the HCT-500 is sure to give you that highly sought-after vintage tone. The classic control panel features dual volume controls, on/off switches for the bass and treble, and a rhythm/solo switch that gives a your bass that extra boost, allowing you to really pushes your sound over the edge. Includes hardshell case.


  • Binding Top: Black / White / Black
  • Binding Back: Black / White / Black
  • Binding Sides: White
  • Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret: 22mm
  • Thickness Neck + FB Near Heel: 24mm
  • Heel Cap Pearl
  • Nut Width: 42mm
  • Width At 12th Fret: 48mm
  • Dot Inlays
  • White Fingerboard Binding
  • Ebony Hofner Fretted Bridge
  • Single Nickel Tuners with Pearl Tuner Buttons
  • Trapeze Nickel Tailpiece
  • Plastic Nut
  • White Pearl Pickguard
  • Action Bass String at 12th Fret: 3mm
  • Action Treble String at 12th Fret: 2mm
  • Hardshell Case Included

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  • Bass Guitar
  • Case

Awesome Instrument


As soon as I brought this bass home I tried to change out the strap holders with locking holders. The screw stripped out and I had to exchange it. Also, although the intonation was checked at the store with a guitar tuner, my strobe tuner said it was off. This was easily fixed by moving the adjustable metal pieces on the bridge back on the A and D strings. That did the trick. When I started playing it through my Mark Bass amp, I couldn't put it down. The sound was so rich, clear, full and warm. The sounds you can get out of this by using the bass and treble on/off switch were incredible. Add a lot of treble and you can make it sound raunchy. Use only bass and it has an incredible low end. I will play mostly with a blend of the two by turning both the treble and bass knobs off. I also love the scale as it is much easier to play than my Fender P bass. You can also get way up high on the frets. The solo switch acts like the active switch on the Fender American Deluxe Jazz bass, which I also considered purchasing. I'm not sure how they do that without using a battery. The light weight and good looks are two more captivating features this instrument offers. Our band plays classic rock and this is perfect for that. Because of the various tones you can get, I'd say it would fit with most any genre. It has re-kindled my love of music.




The right sound, right look, right price


A high quality instrument. Add a set of lightweight flatwounds and you'll get the exact sound you are looking for your Beatles band. Afficionados will critique what is different from the $2500 bass but you will fool even them by replacing the knobs and truss rod cover. Do a google search and you will find them.

Mike the Bass Player

Chicago, Il


Hits the mark. Just what you need!


I play this in a Beatle band. We work a lot. This bass has exactly the sound you need for this use. Note: use flatwounds, thin gague. Labella makes a great set.

Mike the Bass Player

Chicago, Il


Not Durable, but sounds great


The Hofner is great if you can stand the constant breakage. The strings always slip off the bridge and the pickguard always falls out of the neck. Besides that though, it has a nice warm feel ideal for playing softer rock/pop. That's probably why Sir Paul choose this because that's what the Beatles usually play. He didn't use this model, but I think the others sound alike. I use this and a Peavey T-40 in my school band. We play mostly jazz. It's really fun to bass solo with the bass boost on. This won't last long, but it's a sounding with a really good neck feel.




Incredible sound, Bang for the Buck!


I just got my lefty contemporary. I had never seen a lefty contemp anywhere, but on a whim I asked my Sam Ash Salesman if it was available, he looked it up and said yes, I ordered it. I also own a EPi Viola, but the Hofner has a bass boost that can shake the house! It is really light and comfortable to play. With this bass you will never have top worry again about getting drowned out by the band! I recomend restringing with Flatwounds for that sixties sound.

lefty louie

North Bergen, NJ


Best of both worlds!!


Best of both worlds? Well, what i mean by that is that you get a beautifully made Hofner "Beatle Bass" without really having to pay alot. This model is an improvement over the Icon B series. The Bass Boost provides some extra "umph" when needed. And this model really provises a really nice balanace of tone and bass and some very effective options to adjust those sounds.

God O' Funk

Queens, NY


I highly recommend this bass guitar!


Growing up in the 60's I listened to The Beatles religiously. I subsequently followed their solo careers along with other artist. In my youth I learned to play a cheap low end bass that died a slow death. Recently, I was given a Hofner CT Series Bass and I couldn't be happier. I own an Ibanez semi-hollow guitar, and a Fender Eric Clapton signature Stratocaster, so I know high quality instruments. The addition of a Hofner Beatle Bass completes my wildest dreams. Hofner seams to have corrected the problems encountered with the Icon line, while producing an affordable high quality bass. Its light weight still amazes me. For the price, I expected some buzzing of the strings. To my surprise, there's none. The tuning keys hold the strings true, the sound is vintage Beatles, and the look is pure McCartney. Whether I'm playing Beatles tunes or Pearl Jam, the sound is perfect. I highly recommend this bass guitar!


Philadelphia, PA


HCT-500/1 CT Violin Bass Guitar

4.9 7


Series Contemporary
Other Features Original Hofner 'Staple-Top' pick-ups
Model HCT500/1
Warranty Info:

HCT-500/1 CT Violin Bass Guitar

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for two years and labor for two years from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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