Modifications/Anomalies: Swapped-out the original “Icon Series” truss rod cover for a blank one from my Bradley copy.

Details: Based on the original Hofner 500/1 design, this Icon series is licensed by Hofner to reach a more budget-conscious musician. I’ve played the German original model, and this feels so similar that it wasn’t worth it to sink thousands into the “original” version. It has similar controls, headstock, tuners and “staple”-style pickups; I put La Bella flatwound strings on it and it sounds like something out of the 60’s. Cosmetically, this Icon version is subtly different than the original German model, but only an aficionado would notice. Most importantly, it plays and sounds fantastic.

  • Color: Sunburst
  • Date purchased: 2006