Hofner Colorama

solid body electric guitar

The Hofner Colorama range of solid body guitars was first offered in 1958 and it underwent numerous changes in design, construction, and materials throughout the years of production. Generally one and two pickup versions were available, with optional vibrato available in some incarnations

One of best guitars designated Colorama was first shown in the 1960 Selmer catalogue, but perhaps not shipped much beyond 1961. It was a well made guitar, Gibsonesque in looks (have a look at the Les Paul Junior in the 1960 Gibson catalogue), with it's dark cherry finish and double cutaway body style, but also Gibsonesque in construction and materials, having a hardwood body, mahogany set neck and rosewood fingerboard. It had "the styling todays guitarists demand" and was not too highly priced. Sounds perfect, but it was only short-lived, quickly being replaced by a similar looking model, but with a much cheaper to prodce bolt-on maple neck.

By 1964 the body style had changed to an offset cutaway. With the earlier change to a bolt-on, the transition from 'Gibson' to 'Fender' was complete in just a few short years!

Hofner instruments were distributed in the UK and throughout the commonwealth by the largest British musical instrument company Selmer. They produced their own Selmer brand amplifiers, but also distributed guitars by Fender, Gibson, Hagstrom and of course Hofner; but Selmer Hofner guitars sometimes differ from those in many European and American catalogues and have there own model names. The European equivalent to the Colorama was the Hofner 163 and 164.

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