The Walrus Was Paul
Originally developed to appeal to both acoustic and electric players, the Hofner 500/1 turned to more aggressive tones in its 1967 iteration.

The Hofner 500/1 violin bass has been McCartney’s career-long sidekick. Let’s spotlight a 1967 model.

Paul McCartney has seemed unstoppable since he returned to touring in 2009 after a four-year break. But then … COVID. Which stopped everybody. Although not entirely. Like many others, McCartney spent his 2020 “rockdown," as he calls it, writing the songs and playing all the instruments for his new album, McCartney III.

I'm guessing that among those instruments was his beloved 1963 Hofner 500/1 violin bass—his main axe with the Beatles, and all of his work, including tours, since he took it out of mothballs for his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt.

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