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Hofner advertisement (1968)

Hofner is Not the Best Guitar in the World But it is By Far the Best in its Class

Hofner Committee, Hofner President, Hofner Vienna acoustic

UK magazine advertisement. Not the most expected of advertising claims - but this Hofner guitar advertisement was placed by Selmer, the UK Hofner distributor, who also sold guitars made by Gibson, and Fender. Three Hofners are shown here: the very popular President and high-end Committee six-string electrics and the Vienna acoustic.

...the Hofner is a mighty fine guitar - used by some of the worlds top stars. And nothing - we repeat nothing - can touch a Hofner for value for money

Hofner advertisement (1968) Hofner is Not the Best Guitar in the World But it is By Far the Best in its Class

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Hofner New President (has bronze frets)

Hofner New President (has bronze frets)

Louisville, Kentucky, 402**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$2700

This beautiful Hofner New President Acoustic-Electric Guitar is a must-have for any musician. With its hollow body type and 24 bronze frets, this guitar produces a unique and rich sound that will captivate any audience. The guitar is perfect for both beginners and professionals alike, and is sure to be a valuable addition to any collection Crafted with the finest materials and exquisite attention to detail, this Hofner New President Guitar is both durable and reliable. It is an ideal choice for ... more
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Vintage 1959  Hofner committee Electric Guitar.

Vintage 1959 Hofner committee Electric Guitar.

Southampton, SO30***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1100

1959 Hofner committee Electric Guitar . Is in fairly good condition for
for it age but is showing some signs of wear mainly on front of the body where the finish has worn off by palm, fingers and picks. The pick guard is missing which left two small screw holes in the bottom rim .There is laquer checking and some nicks marks as you would expect on a 63 year old instrument and one small ding on the neck which I have tried to show in the photos. All the electrics look to be original and are ... more
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1958 hofner committee. Great condition

1958 hofner committee. Great condition

Havant, PO9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2500

1958 hofner committee. Great condition . Condition is Used. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class Letter.... more
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Hofner  Committee acoustic  1959-60 Brunette, tobacco burst

Hofner Committee acoustic 1959-60 Brunette, tobacco burst

Horncastle, LN9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1500

OHV is offering our only accoustic fat body committee
For 60 years of age it is in remarkable condition. There are some scratches, in fact quite a few all around the body. Cosmetic and with the nicely darkened laquer they give the instrnent this wonderfull patina. Around the side srew of the pick guard is a little touched up area and on the backside bottom edge where the ornamentel inlay ends is a tiny patch of dopped out laquer. The neck has no trussrod and is pretty chunky, but as the... more
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HOFNER COMMITTEE  1957 / 8 ORIGINAL  WITH HARD CASE

HOFNER COMMITTEE 1957 / 8 ORIGINAL WITH HARD CASE

northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1750

An early Hofner Committee archtop from 1957 / 8 has the original pickup , switch , strap and lead (when i can find it), Comes with the original hard case , and also a lined newer one (illustrated) . . could deliver nearby, or even further afield by courier , but regrettably i cannot post... more
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Hofner president

Hofner president

Horncastle, LN9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£995

Hofner president 1960
The guitar is in very good playing and looking condition
All electrics are working and the action is very low, with a straight neck
The guitar has a trussrod which means that the neck is not a fork handle diameter. An original hard shell case is in the deal as well
Happy hunting
... more
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Höfner Thin President With Hard Case

Höfner Thin President With Hard Case

Liverpool, L6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£400

Höfner Thin President With Epiphone Hard Case
Semi-hollow
Centre block
Colour: Glossy Black
©Bigsby Vibrato
Beautiful guitar, needs a good home
Includes an Epiphone hard case
COLLECTION ONLY
CASH ON COLLECTION
Collection from Liverpool L6
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Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round Panel

Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round Panel

Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1699

FINESTSELECTIONSHIPPINGSPECIALISTS24 HourSupportLondon Vintage Guitars are please to offer:Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round PanelGerman Connection
 We are happy to offer the following Hofner President that has just been secured from its original owner   , details as follows
Hofner President
1956  ( Circa ) 
Blonde
Electric
Oval / Round Control Panel ( Rare / Early Feature )
Internally / Externally Original
Condition 8 75 / 10 ( Light ... more
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HÖFNER HNC-SB New Committee, Archtop, Jazzgitarre - sehr guter Zustand!

HÖFNER HNC-SB New Committee, Archtop, Jazzgitarre - sehr guter Zustand!

Leutershausen, 91***, GERMANY

€2500

HÖFNER HNC-SB New Committee, Archtop, Jazzgitarre - sehr guter Zustand!
- Spruce Top
- Flamed Maple Back & Sides
- 643mm Scale
- Ebony Fingerboard
- 44mm Nut
- Höfner Diamond Floating Neck Pickup
- Höfner Diamond Bridge Pickup
Inkl. Koffer
Sehr guter Zustand, nur im privaten Bereich gespielt!
Probespielen möglich nach Vereinbarung
KEIN Versand - nur Abholung!
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Hofner President 1959

Hofner President 1959

Bristol, BS3***, UNITED KINGDOM

£550


A Hofner President from 1959 converted to Electro-acoustic by addition of a Pickup(Hofner Toaster copy, 9K ohms), Volume and Tone controls
The Headstock carries an original set of Hofner Tuners (high e needs attention) and the Hofner logo and inlays
The frets and fretboard are in good condition with a comfortable action
The Hardwood Bridge, with individual metal saddles is linked to an iconic, Compensator Tailpiece
The Acoustic voice is mellow, sounds great through an amp... more
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Hofner Acoustic with case Hofner Committee serial number 3900 date 1963

Hofner Acoustic with case Hofner Committee serial number 3900 date 1963

Nuneaton, CV10***, UNITED KINGDOM

£3500

Superb guitar well cared for so condition is very good, quite rare offering free UK delivery, reference IML... more
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1959 Höfner President acoustic guitar

1959 Höfner President acoustic guitar

Felixstowe, IP11***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1000

1959 Höfner President acoustic guitarGorgeous with some cosmetic marks, some of which are very noticeable
Cosmetic damage can be seen in the pictures, nothing happening that effects palyability I'm a big fan of Höfner, they truly make fantastic guitars
The guitar palys well and looks beautiful (even with the cosmetic marks), constructed to last forever It comes with a TGI Extreme padded case (I bought this new, exactly for this occasion)
I box all my guitars for shipping, it is ... more
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Höfner New President Archtop-Gitarre

Höfner New President Archtop-Gitarre

Leipzig, 04***, GERMANY

€2500

Hallo! Ich verkaufe meine Höfner, da ich sie selten bis fast nie spiele Die Gitarre ist in gutem Zustand, bis auf ein paar kleine Lacksprünge und Dellen, die auf den Bildern recht gut zu erkennen sein sollten. Ein zweiter Steg und der Koffer sind auch dabei Ich würde die Gitarre ungern versenden, bitte kommt vorbei und macht euch selbst ein Bild bzw. holt sie ab, falls sie euch gefällt! Ich habe einen Fender Princeton, über den die Gitarre ausprobiert werden kann
Der Verkauf erfolgt ... more
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Hofner PRESIDENT 1959

Hofner PRESIDENT 1959

Stroud, GL5***, UNITED KINGDOM

£800

This lovely Höfner President electric guitar from 1959 is a true gem for any guitar enthusiast. With its beautiful blond body colour, right-handed configuration, and iconic Höfner brand, this guitar is a must-have for any collection. The model year adds to its vintage appeal, making it a unique and special addition to any musician's arsenal
The guitar was purchased in a damaged condition, including a break where the neck meets the body. It has been fully refurbished and is now in ... more
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Hofner Guitar:Committee:Vintage 1967:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:V Good condition

Hofner Guitar:Committee:Vintage 1967:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:V Good condition

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£980

A unique, Vintage, Hofner, Committee, Guitar from 1967 converted to elecro-acoustic by the addition of an original, 1960, Hofner Toaster, Pickup and a control panel The panel has Bass, Treble, Rhythm and solo switches and a Volume knob The headstock carries an elegant set of Van Ghent Tuners, inlays and the Hofner logo The Neck is straight, with some play ware on the back, the frets are in good condition as is the beautifully inlaid Fretboard The Hardwood based, Chromatic, Bridge, is linked to a... more
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HOFNER President 1960 Archtop Acoustic Guitar  in Natural Blonde.

HOFNER President 1960 Archtop Acoustic Guitar in Natural Blonde.

Bridgwater, TA6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£495

1960 HOFNER President Acoustic Archtop guitar in Natural Blonde with Serial No. 7013. and being a 1960's model it has a truss rod fitted Spruce top, Flame Maple back and sides, Rosewood fingerboard, Mother of pearl flower inlay on headstock and triple dot fret markers As expected on a guitar of it's age it has some battle scars but overall in great order It has been thoroughly cleaned, restrung and set up to a high standard with an easy low action so plays and sounds great Machine heads are all ... more
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HOFNER PRESIDENT ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR (1963)

HOFNER PRESIDENT ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR (1963)

Bognor Regis, PO21***, UNITED KINGDOM

£799

Totally original Hofner President electric bass guitar from 1963, serial number 361 and showing George Cummings of Merton High Street, London SW19 as the supplying dealer
Guitar is in very good condition for its age, with some scratches on reverse. Price reflects the fact guitar has been in long term storage and could use a fresh set up
Guitar stand not included in the sale
CASH ON COLLECTION ONLY FROM BOGNOR REGIS, WEST SUSSEX.... more
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Hofner Guitar:Committee:Vintage 1959:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Very Good

Hofner Guitar:Committee:Vintage 1959:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Very Good

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£980

A Beautifully, aged, Vintage, Hofner Guitar from 1959, that has been well looked after The Ornate, Frondose, Headstock carries the original Hofner Tuners, two have been replacement, with VintageTuners, from a Hofner President, the elegant MOP inlays and the Hofner Logo The Neck is straight, the joint solid, the jumbo frets are in good condition ,as is the Rosewood and "Blackwood" fretboard, with a low action The Twin Hofner, Black Bar, pickups are linked to the original ,control, panel with twin... more
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Hofner Committee 1950s body in very nice condition Vintage & rare

Hofner Committee 1950's body in very nice condition Vintage & rare

maison, 78***, FRANCE

€990


Hi there, Here is a for sale a very nice Hofner Committee guitar body from 1950's
Sold as is & as the pictures show Best regardsShipping rates :
... more
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Hofner Committee 1956 - Free UK Delivery

Hofner Committee 1956 - Free UK Delivery

Bath, BA1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2750

Hofner Committee 1956
In very good vintage condition with the original case. Very nice playing condition. No buzzes. All original. Small glue splodge on the pickguard. Can probably be removed. (See photos)
FREE UK DELIVERY INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING ALSO AVAILABLE... more
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1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.