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Höfner Unveils the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” Bass

Höfner has reissued another part of their history with the H500/5 “Reeperbahn” bass. Based on the 500/5 that was produced between the ’50s and ’70s, the instrument features a large hollow body and short scale neck. It was famously used by a Beatle, though not the one you’re thinking of.

Höfner H500/5 "Reeperbahn" Bass in Case

“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,” Höfner explains. “He would leave The Beatles in 1961 to follow love and art, selling his bass to Klaus Voormann.”

While the 500/5 was produced for a couple decades, the new “Reeperbahn” is designed closest to the specs of the 1959 version. It features a pair of black-bar pickups in a close configuration near the neck as well as a slim headstock. A tortoiseshell control panel and matching pickguard are set against the body’s “Brunette” sunburst finish. Höfner ships it with a case with a vintage leather strap, polishing cloth, certificate and a short history of the model.

Here’s a clip of Höfner’s Nick Wass explaining the bass at Musikmesse 2018:

The Höfner H500/5 “Reeperbahn” bass will be limited to six instruments with a TBD price point.

Höfner H500/5 “Reeperbahn” Bass Specs:

Body Shape:17? Jazz
Body Back and Sides:Flame Maple
Body Top:Arched Spruce
Purfling Top and Back:Black / White / Black
Binding Sides:White
Centerblock:None
Neck:Three-piece Flame Maple / Beech /Flame Maple
Headstock Shape:500/5 1959 shape
Logo and Artwork:Script Lily
Neck Joint:Bass Set Neck
Joint At:16th Fret
Heel Cap:White
Fingerboard Wood:Rosewood
Scale:30?/76cm
Nut Width:42mm
Width At 12th Fret:48mm
Inlays:Pearl Dots
Neck Binding:None
Side Dots:Yes
Number Of Frets:21
Bridge:Ebony Hofner Fretted
Finish:Brunette
Tuners:Single Nickel Hofner H61/73B
Tuner Buttons:Plastic - Pearl
Tailpiece:Hofner Trapeze Nickel - Long
Nut Material:Plastic
Pickups:Hofner Black Bar H517
Potentiometer Knobs:Hofner Teacup gold cap H909/15
Electrics:Hofner White Oval Tortoiseshell
Strings:Hofner Black Nylon Tape Wound