Hofner serial number dating
As the popularity of Mc Cartney's band increased, the 500/1 Hofner violin bass earned it's nick name "the Beatle Bass" forever linked to the most popular band of the 20th century.The 500/1 bass featured a symmetrical violin style design, was very light weight, had very good playability and a was offered at a reasonable price.The first one or two digits were indicating the production week (of the pot), the last digit stood for the year. week 1968, 250K355=351965 For more information about that topic look here.Information concerning which year a certain model was introduced, or when configurations where changed, varies a lot.The 500/1 was conceived in 1955 by Walter Hofner who believed a violin shaped bass would be easy to manufacturer along side of his existing double bass production line.The 500/1 was unveiled in 1956 at the Frankfurt Music Fair.Depending on the hardware in stock, even a new model could get an item of an older one which causes an overlapping here and there.In the old days people simply could give Hofner a phone call and they easily made custom changes.
*The 'Preh' potentiometers used until the seventies had a two- or three-digit number following the 250K resitance value.We also know that there where fairly long transition periods when old parts where mixed with newer parts.Therefor instruments manufactured during the same year can have different configurations in terms of pickups and controls.Gibson Solid Body Serial Numbers Gibson Serial numbers are located on the back of the headstock Years 1953-1961 Use the first number of the 5 or 6 digit serial number.For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.
Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.