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Hofner Beatles bass guitar Karl Höfner GmbH & Co. KG is a German manufacturer of musical instruments, with one division that manufactures guitars and basses, and another that manufactures other string instruments. Much of Höfner's popularity is attributed to Paul McCartney's use of the Höfner 500/1 bass throughout his career. This violin-shaped model is commonly referred to as the "Beatle bass."

The Höfner company was founded by luthier Karl Höfner in the city of Schönbach in 1887, at that time the city was German. He soon became the largest manufacturer of string instruments in the country. His sons Josef and Walter joined the company around 1920, and began spreading the brand's reputation worldwide. The company suffered some upheavals during and after World War II, but survived and continued to thrive.

The company was made famous through its association with the Beatles and Paul McCartney, principally through their Höfner 500/1 model hollow-body electric bass, first manufactured in 1956.

McCartney played two left-handed 500/1 basses during most of the group's career – a 1961 model with pickups mounted close together towards the neck, and a 1963 model, with the second pickup mounted closer to the bridge. McCartney used the 1961 bass until the recording of With the Beatles in late 1963, when he obtained his second 500/1. McCartney used his 1963 bass almost exclusively during the Beatles' touring career, using his 1961 bass (which was repaired and refinished in 1964) as a backup. Although by 1966 McCartney had begun using a Rickenbacker bass in-studio, he did break out his 1961 model for the "Revolution" promo film in 1968 and for the documentary Let It Be the following year. During the shooting, however, the 1961 bass was stolen, and McCartney used his newer Höfner for the remainder of the film, including the famous rooftop performance. McCartney has continued to use his 1963 Höfner extensively throughout his solo career and continues to use it today.

Beatles guitarists George Harrison and John Lennon also used Höfner electric guitars (Club 40 and President models) during the formative years of the group's career, and the band's former bassist Stuart Sutcliffe also played a Höfner 333 Bass.

Guitars

Beatle Electric Model 459TZ/G459VTZ/Super
Club Model 60
Club Model 126
Committee Model 4680
Deluxe Model 176
Galaxy Model 175
Golden Hofner
Jazzica Custom
Model 171
Model 172 II
Model 173 II
Model 178
Model 180 Shorty Standard
Model 450S Acoustic Archtop
Model 456 Acoustic Archtop
Model 457 President


Model 462 Acoustic Archtop
Model 470SE2 Electric Archtop
Model 471SE2 Electric Archtop
Model 490 Acoustic
Model 490E Acoustic Electric
Model 491 Flat Top
Model 492 Acoustic
Model 492E Acoustic Electric
Model 496 Jumbo Flat Top
Model 514H Classic Concert
Model 4560 Thin Electric
Model 4575VTZ/Verythin
Model 4578TZ President
Model 4600/V2
Model 4680 Thin Electric
Senator Acoustic Archtop
Senator E1
Verythin Standard

Bass Guitars

JB-59 Upright Jazz Bass
Model 5000/1 Super Beatle Bass
Model 172 Series Bass
Model 182 Solid Bass
Model 185 Solid Bass
Model 500/1 'Beatle' Bass
Model 500/1 '63 Beatle Bass Reissue
Model 500/1 '64-84 Bass Reissue
Model 500/1 50th Anniversary Bass
Model 500/1 Contemporary CS
Model 500/2 Bass
Model 500/3 Senator Bass
Model 500/5 Bass
Model 500/6 Bass
Model 500/8BZ
President Bass