Item description for Höfner Violin Beatle Bass 2nd Edition (Hardcover) (Book) by Dunn Joe...
Made famous by Sir Paul McCartney, the 500/1 Hofner Violin Bass is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This is the only book dedicated to this historic guitar. New edition features hardcover format, all color and updated with new McCartney photos and letter from the founder.
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Studio: Rvier Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.63" Width: 7.87" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.88 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher River Books
ISBN 9749863216 ISBN13 9789749863213 UPC 073999341874
Reviews - What do customers think about Höfner Violin Beatle Bass 2nd Edition (Hardcover) (Book)?
john'sreview Apr 2, 2007
I found this book to be very informative. I can now identify my hofner Bass 500/1 and its year of manufacture with confidence.
Modest book with much to be modest about Nov 2, 2005
There is so much one could say about this guitar. Joe Dunn makes little effort.
Photos obviously cropped from old catalogs (you can see the fold where it was once crumpled up), or distorted because the page it was on was not photographed flat, out-of-focus photos snapped in back yards, abstract paintings by a friend of his of the 500/1 serve to pad out an already very slender volume.
The only reason I kept it was for the photo of Paul's first 61 model in it's refurbished state (new pickup mounts and resprayed). Joe's photo shows Paul playing this instrument, which complements Andy Babiuk's "Beatles Gear" photo showing Paul (from the same Thank Your Lucky Stars broadcast; tuning it. With both these photos together we get to see the entire guitar in its new livery. Andy, however, gives us much more information. Andy also shows it again, "backstage", as a backup guitar to the 62 model whilst the Beatles are playing in the USA.
Several photos of early models merely serve to illustrate the complex history of the instrument which this book could have addressed had it tried. And what about the instrument itself? How about a mention about the very odd wiring of the control panel, the unique (fragile) pickup mounting technique, things like that? H'm.
Nothing here you couldn't find on the internet in better quality.
Hofner 500/1 by Joe Dunn Mar 26, 2001
This book could have provided the Hofner enthusiast with more. There is just basic information on some of the models and some pictures. It is missing so much on the bass that was made famous by McCartney. It was kind of a let down but if your happy with some basic info and a few pics then this book could be for you.
Hofner Violin Bass Dec 28, 2000
I was very disappointed in this book. After waiting 26 years for more info on Paul's bass, this edition is pretty thin. The author has many good pictures of vintage instruments, but he could have included so much more. There is no info on current players, construction details, care and maintenance, or tips and techniques. The author is obviously a Paul fan, which is ok, but their are other dimensions to this story. If you are looking for a "owner's manual" for your Hofner, this isn't it. If you want pictures of your bass, you will be happy. Go on and buy it!