Dating Hofner Beatle Bass

We never give valuations. Our identification and dating service is at our discretion. We will do it when we have time. We do not enter into long discussions about guitars nor provide detailed explanantions. Old acoustic and classical guitars are often very hard to identify. We cannot guarantee to be able to identify these. Dating is not exact. Often the best we can do is say that your guitar was made within a range of years.

A surprising number of non-standard guitars were built and we often have trouble identifying these. If you wish us to attempt to identify and date your guitar then you must do the following: Supply clear, sharp pictures of the front, the back, the headstock and any labels. Reduce the images to a size not greater than K per picture and not greater than px on the long edge.

Often found on the back of the headstock. However some modern parts can fit vintage Höfner guitars and basses, but we do not guarantee this. Many of the parts made were from local manufacturers many of whom have long since ceased trading. Höfner, like all manufacturers, has changed suppliers over the years and we have also changed designs and fittings to suit new models. In the same way that Mercedes would not be able to now supply parts for a car made in the s neither can Höfner supply parts for a guitar made then.

Also, please note, we do not supply parts direct from the workshops. If you contact us asking to buy parts we will not supply them. You must order from a Höfner dealer. Some of the parts we use today can be used for vintage guitar and bass restorations. Some pickups such as the "Staple" and "Diamond Logo" and "Toaster" and "Black Bar" and "Blade".

These are not exactly the same. They may require some modifications to fit or be held in surrounds. There are no special characteristics so to speak, but one of the original cream dials is missing its gold concave covering which leaves a rusty screw visible as can be seen in some of the amazing photographs taken by the super talented Dean Schmideg. Of collector interest is probably also the fact that it came with its original Selmer case, which given its age, is in fantastic condition.

It was all coordinated by my rather incredible partner, Rachel. Any special history or story behind this instrument or the company who made it? Do you use it on gigs? I have a few other basses in my collection including a Fender Jazz bass fretted and fretless models and a custom Steinberger-style headless bass.

It just oozes this woody, honey-like tone. Would love to experiment with it live, but kind of scared to take it out of the studio. What else do you want to share about your gear? The ability to chop and change, long after the source performance is tracked, is a Godsend for tweaking the tone. Any other vintage gear?

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Old School: 1964 Höfner 500/1 “Beatle” Bass