The wonderful Hofner Committee was one of the finer guitars available in the United Kingdom during the 1950s and 60s, a time when imported American guitars were hard to source and hugely expensive. This is not to say that the Hofner Committee was inexpensive - far from it, but it was fairly readily available, being distributed by Selmer who had wide reach within the UK and wider commonwealth countries. Today, the Hofner Committee is widely regarded by jazz guitarists, and highly prized by vintage guitar collectors. Genuine carved top guitars are few and far between and tend to be enormously expensive. Early Hofner Committees offer exceptional value for money.
The guitar pictured hails from 1959, and is a typical example from that year. Hofner Committee features evolved over the years, with changes to the body, headstock, hardware and ornamentation. This example has the short-lived black plastic pickups, frondose headstock, no truss rod adjustment, and rectangular control consul.
The Committee neck inlay markings. Earlier examples had a rosewood fretboard with ebony/pearl inlays, but by 1959 the entire fretboard was ebony.
The Hofner Committee in it's original green-lined Selmer case. Like the fretboard, the floating bridge is also ebony.
Thanks to Gordon Randall for the use of these images.