HOFNER GUITAR PROJECT - PART 7: DATING HOFNERS. Part 7 Dating Hofners. As stated in Part 4, there are numerous guitars about containing serial numbers that predate those prior to which are still available in Hofner's own records. The only satisfactory way to establish the year of production during this early period is by an internal. Sep 17, Since Hofner didn't keep pots in their inventory for very long, you can assume they were installed by Hofner within a month or two of their manufacturing date. Looking at the heel of the neck joint, it would indicate that the bass is a Hofner changed the shape of the heel in 68 to a flat style. TD. /1 and /1 Info; Year Comments; Black single coil Strat-type pickups. Control panel diamond shaped arrangement-solid top. Diamond pickups close together at top of body as in Vertical "flowery" Hofner logo. Long tailpiece. Narrow control panel. Early rounded neck heel design with pearloid trim piece at bottom of.
The following is a brief summary of the changes made. We don't know why this was done, presumably to improve the tone. The control panel uses cream pearloid and the pickguard changes from tortoiseshell to cream pearloid.
Laminate tops instead of solid tops start to be used. The treble pickup moves down next to the bridge. Two piece necks start to be used, but not on all basses. Single tuners start to relace the 2-on-a-strip type.
Paul McCartney got his second bass in He still uses it at evey concert. The decal logo is replaced by a 3D white and gold plastic logo.
The pickup mounts change to a type making height adjustment easier but this means the top has to be routed to accomodate the pickups. A shorter tailpiece is now used, this being common to the Club bass also. New enclosed type tuners are used.
By the raised logo will change back to a decal in gold. Metal tuner buttons are starting to be used. May 11, 7.
Violin Bass History A Short History of the Hofner /1 Violin Bass This is a short history of this famous bass so we cannot describe every change and modification that was made to it over the many years it has been in production. Excellent up-to-date history of dating from hofner galaxie model galaxy six-string electric guitars. Stop by some instruments until the vintage selmer etc. Bonjour, 39yo aries male from hofner /1, a 63 or Free shipping on hofner models can be roughly dated by hofner guitar is delighted to around late Hofner Model /1 "Beatle Bass" History and Dating Tips In Paul McCartney purchased a left handed Hofner /1 Violin Bass from Steinway's Music in Hamburg Germany, an event that would make Hofner a recognized brand word wide.
Jun 1, Tasmania, Australia. Even steven! May 11, 8. May 16, 9. Sorry for the bump but threads seem to get burried so fast here and this one still awaits some answers!
May 16, Nov 17, Southern California. Yes you are correct, you have a '68 pot and a '70 pot.
I would think the '68 pot is original. But with that '68 pot, I would call it a ' It doesn't really make a difference in value.
Help identifying/dating/evaluating this Hofner /1
I'm not sure if they changed the style of the pot in '70 to metal, but my '68's pots are both the plastic style. FranF or one of the other Hofner guys will probably chime in! May 17, No problem! Mine are K btw.
Hofner 500/1 history and dating tips
May 20, Sep 17, Feb 23, The photo looks like K 20th week You must log in or sign up to reply here. Pickguards generally less pearloid; more solid white than pearl.
Hofner 500/1 bass broken neck rescue PART 2
Hofner logo disappears from pickups by or so. Knobs change from teacup style white knobs to black with pointer.
This is just a brief guideline. Some parts vary.
General Hofner Bass Dating Guidelines
I have seen early style neck heels and logos on a Hofner. I have seen a lot of variation. The control panel can be removed and the pots used to get an approximate date.
The pots are coded. The first two digits are the week, the next digit the year. A code beginning would be the 25th week of78, or Use other visual clues to help determine the decade.