Höfner HCT-500/1-BK Contemporary

Electric Bass

  • Beatles bass
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Maple
  • Sustain block
  • Neck: 3-Piece maple-beech-maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia)
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 76 cm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 2 Höfner H511B "Staple Humbucking"
  • Pickguard with 2 volume control knobs
  • 2 On / Off switches
  • Rhythm / Solo switch for volume boost
  • Nickel hardware
  • Colour: Black
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Colour Black
Soundboard Maple, Spruce
Neck Maple, Beech
Fretboard Rosewood
Frets 22
Scale Shortscale
Pickups HH
Elektronic Passive
Incl. Case No
Incl. Bag No

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BEATLES STYLE: HAVE TO SAY MORE?

filippoercolani, 12.05.2017
Fantastic style, this violin bass bring me in the wonderful 60's.

Maybe german version is lighter because of his body is empty, but this model is a optimum compromise PRICE-QUALITY.

WITH FLATWOUND SET IS THE TOP
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H fner 500/1 Contemporary Series

Dominique 35, 11.05.2011
External appearance:

The Höfner 500/1 Contemporary Series is a semi-Hollow-body guitar, hollow with a central beam, so very light (2.9 kg). The violin is manufactured in China, but the shape and dimensions are exactly the same as the Höfner 500/1 manufactured in Germany.
The varnish is synthetic, not too thick and well applied on the whole instrument, no sagging, no scratch, very nice overall appearance therefore. Very good work of lutherie.
The Pickguard is very pretty, mother-of-pearl cream look vintage. It can be pulled out in seconds with a small Phillips screwdriver to give this bass the McCartney look "concert on the roof" movie Let It Be.
The handle is fine, with a rosewood fingerboard. The reduced pitch provides a very appreciable playability. The grip is therefore very nice. The frets are well machined and do not hook at all.
The Wilkinson mechanics hold the tuning well.

Sounds:

At first, the sound is good, but not top. Yet the microphones that fit this Contemporary Series are original Höfner microphones, the same ones that are mounted on basses totally made in Germany. I think we should consider replacing two things so that this bass becomes really good:

The strings: The guitar is delivered with RudWound low-end strings, the mid (the biggest) frieze and it is not a problem of adjustment of the neck. I strongly advise to change these strings right away by FlatWound. Already, just by changing the strings, it's really day and night at the sound level. On sale on this site.

The control pad: The control pad that was originally mounted is not terrible. The 2 volume buttons and the 3 black sliders are lousy, and the mother of pearl color is not identical to the mother-of-pearl color of the beautiful Pickguard. When you remove this control panel, you also notice that the welds are not terrible and that the potentiometers are of a small quality (made in China).

So I bought the control panel HA2B Höfner (made in Germany) to replace it, and there is no picture. The Höfner selector HA2B is a high-end piece, the selection is clear and precise, without any cracking, the potentiometers turn in velvet, Höfner electronics is really much better quality than Chinese electronics. In addition, the Höfner HA2B support plate is exactly the same color as the Pickguard because it is made of the same material.

With good strings and once replaced the control panel, now the sound is stunning, well felted or clear depending on the setting and the microphone used, you can easily sounds very 60's.
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Colour: Black
Höfner HCT-500/1-BK Contemporary
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Höfner HCT-500/1-BK Contemporary

Electric Bass Beatles bass, Top: Spruce, Body: Maple, Sustain block, Neck: 3-Piece maple-beech-maple, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), 22 Frets, Scale: 76 cm, Nut width: 42 mm, Pickups: 2...

  • Colour: Black
  • Soundboard: Maple, Spruce
  • Neck: Maple, Beech
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Shortscale
  • Pickups: HH
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
Höfner HCT-500/1-SB Contemporary
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Höfner HCT-500/1-SB Contemporary

Electric Bass Beatles bass, Top: Spruce, Body: Maple, Sustain block, Neck: 3-Piece maple-beech-maple, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), 22 Frets, Scale: 76 cm, Nut width: 42 mm, Pickups: 2...

  • Colour: Sunburst
  • Soundboard: Maple, Spruce
  • Neck: Maple, Beech
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Scale: Shortscale
  • Pickups: HH
  • Elektronic: Passive
  • Incl. Case: No
  • Incl. Bag: No
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