17.11.2017

H500/5 "Reeperbahn" Bass

Inspired by the bass used by many players  but none quite so famous as Stuart Sutcliffe.

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The Höfner 500/5 bass was first produced in 1957 and continued until the early 1970s. A large hollow bodied bass (the body is 17 inches wide and 2.5 deep to which is fitted a short scale neck of 30”) it proved popular with many groups in the 50s and 60s.

The H500/5-REP-0 model is inspired by the bass as it was made in 1959, with twin black-bar close spaced pickups, tortoiseshell control panel and pickguard and with the slim headstock. The finish is Höfner “Brunette”, a delicate sunburst which looks stunning on this big bass. It comes in a Höfner case together with a vintage style leather strap, Höfner polishing cloth, certificate and a short history of the model.

Although used by many players none is quite so famous as Stuart Sutcliffe who, urged on by John Lennon, purchased a new 500/5 in 1960 (a 1959 model) and began his all too short career as the bassist with The Beatles. He would leave The Beatles in 1961 to follow love and art, selling his bass to Klaus Voormann. 

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The “Reeperbahn” bass perfectly captures the look and sound of those big bass guitars from the era when the Reeperbahn area of Hamburg had numerous clubs with live rock ‘n roll groups, a time of change, full of excitement and full of music.

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