In 1963 Hofner changed the name of the Hofner 500/5 to Hofner 500/5 President. Both models a full hollowbody basses.
50-years later there was a new release called Hofner Contemporary Series 500/5 President that featured a center block instead ...
The 1959 Höfner President 500/5 was Roger's first (pre-Floyd era) bass he played around 1964-65. Today, Höfner manufactures the vintage version of the 500/5 President bass, inspired by the Höfner models of the 1950s and 60s (as played e.g. by Stuart Sutcliffe in the early days of The Beatles). With a fully hollow 16,5" wide body and fitted with close spaced original Höfner 'Black Bar' pick-ups, and with the Höfner control panel to ensure a sixties style sound.more
I purchased this all original collectors item from the 60's in London several years ago. It's almost the same model used by Stuart Sutcliff in the early Beatles (different pick-ups). You can see it in The Beatles Anthology Book on page 42. According to the book, Paul McCartney used Stuart's bass until he bought the now more famous violin shaped Hofner bass. This bass is all original except for the pickguard -even the strings are original! It sounds very much like the violin shaped Hofner and plays great.more
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