The Selmer company began importing Hofner guitars into Great Britain in 1958 however they did not import 500/1 violin basses until about 1963.It's a good thing Mc Cartney visited Steinway's Music otherwise the Beatles might be known for using a Fender or Rickenbacker bass !The 500/1 bass featured a symmetrical violin style design, was very light weight, had very good playability and a was offered at a reasonable price.The 500/1 was conceived in 1955 by Walter Hofner who believed a violin shaped bass would be easy to manufacturer along side of his existing double bass production line.
If your into going to see it,make sure neck is ok (straight when looking down headstock) & playable. If I do end up buying it, I'll definitely post more pics and maybe record myself playing it if I can find the confidence. It was very well maintained, even had a brand new set of strings on it, in tune and everything. I can't seem to find anything on Google about them except that they're dreadnoughts in Martin style. I'm quite happy with the purchase, it's a much better guitar than I expected. __________________ It appears as if the signature's sole purpose is to advertise your guitars' awesomeness. Once again not all HG's at that time appear to have been stamped with the month and year of production. It is basically my guitar with less bling and a two piece back instead of the 3 piece back on the HG-320. PM me your email address and I'll send you a PDF of the 1978 catalogue with the HG-310 specs. I was just about to say I couldn't find my serial number, but I found it- 507008.When it comes to the 127/128/Club60, information is more ambiguous.Year of introduction varies between 1954-1961, depending on source of information.I have no idea what the name of the model is - I can't seem to find a serial number on the boday or neck anywhere.If anyone could shed any light on the name of the model or even if it is a genuine Hohner, I would be very appreciative!