Hofner serial number dating
According to the Höfner article on Wikipedia: Mc Cartney played two left-handed 500/1 basses during most of the group’s career – a 1961 model with pickups mounted close together towards the neck, and a 1963 model, with the second pickup mounted closer to the bridge.Mc Cartney used the 1961 bass until the recording of in late 1963, when he obtained his second 500/1.Therefore, while helpful in determining a of production dates, a neck date is obviously not a precisely definitive reference.Most specifications for a given Fender instrument model change little (if at all) throughout the lifetime of the model. KG is a German (originally Austro-Bohemian) manufacturer of musical instruments, with one division that manufactures guitars and basses, and another that manufactures other string instruments, such as violins, violas, cellos, double basses and bows for stringed instruments.Much of Höfner's popularity is attributed to Paul Mc Cartney's use of the Höfner 500/1 bass throughout his career.SERIAL NUMBERS and APPROXIMATE PRODUCTION DATES 1965 to 1976 In 1982 the Vintage Series of guitars was introduced.The vintage series used a "V" prefix in serial numbers.
Given the modular nature of Fender production techniques, an individual neck may have been produced in a given year, then stored for a period of time before being paired with a body to create a complete guitar, perhaps, for example, in the following year. Twin body cutaways and a "very thin" body, only 1.25" or 30mm Introduced in 1960 with Venetian cutaways.Most were finished in a rich cherry-red lacquer, however,the very first examples had either a russet mahogany or blonde finish.Another superb example of the first version of the Verithin, with the "russet-mahogany finish, the rectangular control console, and "toaster" pickups.The optional Bigsby vibrato tailpiece has also been fitted.