HOFNER | COLORAMA

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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Hofner Colorama for sale

Hofner 163 Colorama from 1960 / 61

BIRMINGHAM, B27, UNITED KINGDOM

£450

Hofner 163 Colorama from 1960 / 61 serial number 809, i bought this back in the 90's it was not working at the time, i took it to a local music shop who restrung and serviced it, and the guy played it when i picked it up to show me it was working, i have never used it, nor will i, has been under my bed ever since so time to sell see pic's for details cash on collection preffered case and strap included in the sale may post at buyers expense have recieved this email today from an ebay member so ... more

Hofner Colorama Guitar circa 1964 Refurbished

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE2, UNITED KINGDOM

£190

Hofner Colorama Guitar circa 1964 Refurbished. Condition is Used. Dispatched with Other 48h Courier. A nice vintage and naturally worn body and set neck Original Pickups, control panel, trem bridge, tuners, scratchplate are long gone Replaced with nice P90s, Luthier cut scratchplate, Bridge Cavity filled with solid mahogany, Grover tuners fitted Floating Bridge cut from solid Mahogany and perfect intonation. May easily be replaced with another floating bridge if required. Neck lovely and ... more

Hofner Colorama II Genuine 1962 vintage - original red vinyl covered body.

CHIPPING WARDEN, OX17, UNITED KINGDOM

£449

Hofner Colorama II 1962 In original Red Vinyl covered body with Cream beading. Made in Germany by Hofner this is a Colorama II which denotes the 'two pick up' model. All original so far as I can tell, with 'diamond' pick ups, adjustable bridge, 'slide switch & Coffee Cup controls (cost of originals today if you can find them! is astronomic) and of course unique colorama 'tremelo arm' reminiscent of a bigsby in style and shape. I have set this up with new strings (Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinkies ... more

Hofner President 1959 - completely original and superb condition.

SANDY, SG19, UNITED KINGDOM

£1125

Hofner President I have a collection of Hofners which I have owned for many years because they are just lovely looking guitars and also are very good playing guitars too. But as I have rather a lot of guitars in my collection I am beginning to reduce the number somewhat reluctantly, but its now necessary. This Hofner President is in an amazing condition in every way - it has had a very good life and has been taken care off from the beginning of its life and consequently is beautiful. It is ... more

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