Hofner has redesignated the model names of its famous Violin Bass to reflect the iconic bass's Beatles lineage. The three German-made models have been the cause of some confusion among McCartney connoisseurs due to the order in which they were issued. The new model names should put any debate to bed, and instead of having years associated with them have new 'evocative' titles that reflect the era they are associated with.
To that end, the Vintage '61 Re-issue, based on the first Violin Bass Macca picked up in Hamburg, becomes the 500/1 'Cavern'. The Vintage '62 Re-issue becomes the 500/1 'Liverpool', inspired by the bass Hofner built for McCartney August 1963, and finally the Vintage '64 Re-issue becomes the standard 500/1 Violin Bass model. All clear now? Good! The three German built 500/1 Violin Beatle Basses on the current Höfner catalogue have received changes to the model names in order to more closely associate them with historical events. The construction and fittings remain, however, exactly the same. Due to the sequence that re-issue models were released in, more than 10 years ago, the McCartney spec bass became the Vintage '62 Re-issue despite the fact that his bass was built around August 1963.