The New H500/18 Bass

Take care..... the thunder is coming!


The Höfner 500/18 bass is inspired by large hollow bodied slimline basses that Höfner produced in the 1950s and 1960s.

The 17 inch slimline body, with spruce top and flame maple back and sides, is fully hollow, no centre block is used, in order to produce the distinctive deep resonation tone that this type of bass guitar is famous for. Plugged in this bass delivers a deep thunderous sound that is likely to make eveything in the room vibrate, pictures to fall off the wall and the windows to rattle. Playing this bass makes a statement about you, your style and the sound you prefer. It's a big, classic bass with a big classic sound.

The neck is short scale, 30 inch, as is usual with Höfner basses, which together with the lightweight hollow body makes for very comfortable playing well into the night. No shoulder or back strain here. 

It is fitted with a pair of Höfner "Staple" 510B humbucking pickups, famously used on the Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass, as these deliver, in our opinion, the best possible sound for this type of bass. The gloss finish in Höfner Brunette, is subtle yet rich, a glowing burst just like the basses from yesteryear. Further information for the technically minded is on the specification tab.

It is handmade in Germany in our workshops, where we produce high quality beautiful instruments in the traditional way, as we have done for years and years. 

Includes a Höfner deluxe case.





You'd better get some good speakers, you're gonna need them!

Instrument: H500/18 Bass
Model: H500/18
Category Term Description
Body Shape 17" Jazz
Wood Top Arched spruce
Soundhole  Traditional F-Hole (2)
Wood Back Arched - flame maple
Wood Sides Flame Maple
Binding Top Black / White / Black
Binding Back Black / White / Black
Binding Sides White
Centerblock None
Finish Brunette
Neck Wood Flame maple
Construction 3 piece
Headstock Shape Hofner traditional
Logo and Artwork Script Lily
Neck Joint Bass Set Neck
Joint At 16th Fret
Thickness Neck + FB At 1st Fret 21mm
Thickness Neck + FB At 12th Fret 24mm
Heel Cap White
Finish Brunette
Fingerboard Wood Rosewood
Scale 30"/76cm
Nut Width 42mm
Width At 12th Fret 48mm
Inlays Pearl Dots
Binding White
Side Dots Yes
Number Of Frets 22
Bridge Material Ebony
Type Hofner Fretted
Hardware Tuners Single Nickel Hofner H61/73B
Tuner Buttons Plastic - white
Tailpiece Hofner Trapeze Nickel - Long
Nut Material Plastic
Pickguard None
Pickup Neck Hofner Staple 501B
Pickup Bridge Hofner Staple 501B
Potentiometer Knobs White
Electrics 2 x Volume, 2 x Tone
Strings Flat Wound medium scale (Pyramid)
Approximate Weight KG
Setup Action Bass String at 12th Fret 3mm
Action Treble String at 12th Fret 2mm
All Specifications subject to change