Hofner serial number dating

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A qualified guess would be that those "de luxe" models turned up around 1958, in connection with the Hofner introduction in the UK.

For example 55395 = 1955 920874 = 1959 1977 Forward - finally a standard serial number was used.It's ironic but the 500/1 was not available in the UK until 1963.The Selmer company began importing Hofner guitars into Great Britain in 1958 however they did not import 500/1 violin basses until about 1963.It's a good thing Mc Cartney visited Steinway's Music otherwise the Beatles might be known for using a Fender or Rickenbacker bass !The 500/1 featured a hollow body, flat back (until 1962), light weight and short 30" scale.

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