Building the Hofner "Beatle" Bass

June 10, 2014

Karl Hofner began making stringed instruments in 1887, but his company really took off one day in 1961 when Paul McCartney walked into a Steinway shop in Hamburg, Germany. McCartney later recalled:
"So… I found this Hofner violin bass. And to me it seemed like, because I was left-handed, it looked less daft because it was symmetrical. So I got into that. That became my main bass."

He also acknowledged that it was much less expensive than a Fender.

Over 50 years later, building the Hofner Beatles Bass hasn't changed much:


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