The Hofner Violin Bass Guitar is one of the most instantly recognizable musical instruments ever made. Also known as "The Beatle Bass," or more formally as the "500/1 Model," Walter Hofner's creation has acquired a loyal following all over the world. This fully illustrated book charts the complete history of the Violin Bass, beginning with the rebirth Hofner after WWII and the conception of the bass in 1955, its development over the years, including the full story of the re-issue models, up to the Contemporary and Ignition models, and the Union Jack bedecked Violin Bass unveiled by Sir Paul McCartney in 2012. The authors had access to the Hofner Company archives, with help from, and a foreword by, Walter Hofner's daughter Gerhilde. Also covers: dating a violin bass, serial numbers, body dates, pickup information, more. 317 pp.