Hofner serial number dating
Another way of finding out the approximate year of manufacture, is by looking at the potentiometers.In 1961 Paul Mc Cartney purchased a left handed Hofner 500/1 Violin Bass from Steinway's Music in Hamburg Germany, an event that would make Hofner a recognized brand word wide.Some instruments however had the date of manufacture penciled, or stamped, on the underside of the top.The only way of finding this identification is by inserting a dental mirror and some illumination through the treble f-hole.
Information concerning which year a certain model was introduced, or when configurations where changed, varies a lot.The first and fifth numbers are the year, for example 8997653 = 8997653 or 1986 ES (Electric Spanish - hollow body with fixed pickup(s) T - Thinline D Double - 2 Pickups C Cutaway or Cherry Finish 3/4 - 3/4 side and short scale SV - Stereo and Veritone wiring option Please keep in mind that Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.As there were many variations over the years, abovementioned data can only be indications, especially since the limits of the model-years were not very sharp.Serial numbers show approximate date of manufacture.
For all dates, you will need to look at the construction technique and components used to get a more precise date of manufacture.
Depending on the hardware in stock, even a new model could get an item of an older one which causes an overlapping here and there.