Welcome to the Registration page for the Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar.  (German-made Originals 1955 to the 1990's only please!)


If you fill in the details of your 500/1 here, it will appear on a register located on this website within a few days, or maybe a little longer if I happen to be away from home at the time. 

Please do spare a few minutes to fill in the form - it's a simple matter of picking from check boxes and drop lists, and typing in some basic information. All of the items listed should be able to be ascertained by a glance at your guitar - no complex measurements or specialist knowledge required - just a bit of observation of what's in front of you. It's for you to simply select the correct/relevant option from the drop-list in each case. 

The idea is to monitor some of the detail changes that this model underwent in the different time periods during its long production-period. By filling in all the details on the form, you can help us build up a bigger picture, and as the information you provide is collated, you'll be able to see just how and where your guitar fits in from the Detail Spreadsheets published on this website. You will also get your name on the Owners' Register also on this website!

Please ensure that your guitar is a German-made original 500/1 of the 1955 to c1990 period. I'm afraid that I can't register the German re-issues made from the 1990's to the present day, the 5000/1 Deluxe Bass, nor the Chinese made Contemporary (CT) and Icon Series instruments............simply because I will have all-on dealing with just the German originals!!



Hofner Model
Year of Manufacture (if known)


Your E-mail Address
(Not for publication)
Owners Name
Owners location
(County/State & Country)



Serial Number:

(Not all have this, so don't worry if yours doesn't!)
Serial Number
Location of Serial No.
Headstock Fascia Design
Help with Fascia Designs
Type of Tuners
Help with Tuner Types

Help with Neck Construction Types
Truss Rod in Neck

Total Number of Frets
(Ignore "zero" fret at the nut) 

Number of Fret Markers
(Take "double" dots as just one dot)

Neck Binding
Heel Type
Help with Heel types
Neck Finish
Body Top
Body Back
Body Edge Binding
Hofner Logo on Body

Body Date 
Help with Body Dates (Please note that not all 500/1s have a body date.)
Hardware and Electrics
Hardware Finish
Help with Tailpiece Types
Pickup Type
Help with Pickup Types
Number of Pickups
Electric Controls
Help with Console Types
Pot Code (NOT Post Code!)
Help with Pot Codes
Year of Purchase (Approx)

Name/Location of Store where Purchased
Please enter any history/provenance and/or further information about the bass that will assist in dating it:
Please click on the Submit button if you have completed this form.
Clicking on the Reset button will clear all data you have already entered.