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hofner violin bass 500/1

hofner violin bass 500/1
« on: September 07, 2009, 04:06:22 PM »
hi i was wondering if anyone can give me any info as to the date and the value on this bass all that i really know is that the pot numbers are 443 which i thought meant 1963 but have also been told that it is a 1964 by a colleague at work, and that is in not too bad a condition, i.e no holes or cracks mainly just scratches that dont look deep thanks for any help, gary

hofner violin bass 500/1
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 09:41:44 PM »
Quote from: gaz68;11277
hi i was wondering if anyone can give me any info as to the date and the value on this bass all that i really know is that the pot numbers are 443 which i thought meant 1963 but have also been told that it is a 1964 by a colleague at work, and that is in not too bad a condition, i.e no holes or cracks mainly just scratches that dont look deep thanks for any help, gary
She is a beauty! Sorry don't know the real value, at least 2k I would think

hofner violin bass 500/1
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2013, 08:30:40 PM »
Did you ever get any info on your 500/1 bass? I'd like to see what you've been able to do with it since Sept.2009? I could use some insperation!

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Hofner pot codes
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 09:29:53 AM »
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the pot numbers are 443 which i thought meant 1963 but have also been told that it is a 1964 by a colleague at work

More about reading pot codes in general (and hofner) here https://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/reading_pot_codes.php

hofner violin bass 500/1
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2013, 05:23:40 PM »
Code 443 should mean 44th week of 1963. I've looked at many older Hofner pots codes with dates like your that don't really make more than a year difference read backward but most really don't decode well when read that way.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2013, 02:01:41 PM »
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Code 443 should mean 44th week of 1963. I've looked at many older Hofner pots codes with dates like your that don't really make more than a year difference read backward but most really don't decode well when read that way.
sorry, yes of course you are right - I mistyped - the example shown here https://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/reading_pot_codes.php is from my Hofner President has code 383 from the 38th week of 1963

hofner violin bass 500/1
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2013, 07:25:32 PM »
Do any of you know if Preh brand potentiometers were used in any other eguipment besides Hofner? I'm having a ruff time trying to locate one 250K pot made by Preh for my Hofner control panel and searching thru Ebay for Hofner alone is narrow to not? I need one Preh 250K pot or I need to change both as I'm thinking the roll off will be different with a modern pot used with the original?

hofner violin bass 500/1
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2016, 11:45:08 PM »
1964 in 43rd week? Hofner didn't introduce the plastic gilded raised logo and bound fret boards until 1964. It sure looks sweet and I love the color!

hofner violin bass 500/1
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2016, 06:54:15 PM »
I'm guessing your bass is a 1964 since it has the raised Hofner logo and neck binding with the smaller control cover plate? Also the nut has been changed?

 

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