If you are looking at this bass, you are probably not a casual bass shopper. And while "Closet Queen" tends to be an overly used phrase, this German made 2000's era Hofner 500/2 Club Bass seems to have been just that: Sitting in it's case for a decade or more with the hang tag still on the headstock. The pickups are a little tarnished, but we thought we'd leave it in the "found" state rather than mess with it.
Sir Paul literally put Hofner on the map with his famous Violin bass, and while this little guy lacks that shape it has similar vibe: Feather weight hollow body, spruce and maple construction, and a set 30" short scale slim neck with zero fret. And flat wound strings...anything else would just be wrong.
No pickup switch, but two independent volume controls, treble and bass cut switches, and a rhythm/lead switch give you plenty of tone shaping options. Plugged in it sounds exactly like all those early Beatle albums: Thumpy, woody, round and a heckuva lot like a real string bass. In reality, there is a lot more sounds lurking in that body, and the controls have a lot of range to them. You can get downright bright and twangy, but the 500/2 seems born to lay down deep woody rhythms that sound twice its size.
If you are thinking about a short scale bass, why not own an icon? Different instruments make you play differently and the Hofner 500/2 will lead you down the road less traveled....maybe straight to Liverpool.
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