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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


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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Hofner President Bass Rick Mod Rare Immaculate!

Hofner President Bass Rick Mod Rare Immaculate!

Alachua, Florida, 326**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Absolutely gorgeous and pristine specimen of the hard to find, more affordable and desirable Hofner President bass, professionally modded with aftermarket Rick style pickups
Plays and sounds fantastic with a full bodied, warm and solid tone that is just really FAT and wonderful
Everything functioning as intended, and barely any wear to be found ANYWHERE
You won't see many of these around, and virtually NONE with this perfect blend of Hofner and Rick attributes
Reasonable ... 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


Superb guitar well cared for so condition is very good, quite rare offering free UK delivery, reference IML... more
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Hofner Committee 1956 - Free UK Delivery

Hofner Committee 1956 - Free UK Delivery



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)
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Höfner New President Archtop-Gitarre

Höfner New President Archtop-Gitarre

Leipzig, 04***, GERMANY


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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1958 hofner committee. Great condition

1958 hofner committee. Great condition



1958 hofner committee. Great condition . Condition is Used. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class Letter.... more
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1959 Hofner 455 / S / b / E1 -Model President.  Excellent Condition! Rarität!

1959 Hofner 455 / S / b / E1 -Model President. Excellent Condition! Rarität!

Berlin, 13***, GERMANY


Die Hofner President Jazzgitarre aus dem Jahr 1961 ist eine Rarität und in einem ausgezeichneten Zustand. Mit einer Rechtshänder-Konfiguration und einem Korpus aus Riegelahorn / flamed Maple ist sie perfekt für professionelle Gitarristen geeignet. Das Modell 455 / S / b / E1 wurde in Deutschland hergestellt und kommt mit einem Koffer als Tasche. Diese 6-saitige Jazzgitarre ist von der Marke Hofner und hat eine natürliche Korpusfarbe. Ideal für Jazz-Enthusiasten und Sammler, die nach einem... more
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1960s Hofner President Bass No. 300 Vintage Sunburst

1960's Hofner President Bass No. 300 Vintage Sunburst

Liverpool, L1***, UNITED KINGDOM


Welcome to Protone Music and here we have for sale is lovely bass indeed a 1960's Hofner President Bass No 300 in Vintage Sunburst which as you can see is a great example and really looks the part, dont miss out as these are very sought after amongst collectors
Overall condition is preowned and in good / fair condition as you would expect from a instrument of this age there are many signs of use from over the years but it is a lovely example which plays superb please see all pictures, Any ... more
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northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1***, UNITED KINGDOM


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 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round Panel

Hofner President 1956 - Blonde - Rare Round Panel

Doncaster, DN6***, UNITED KINGDOM


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 ) 
Oval / Round Control Panel ( Rare / Early Feature )
Internally / Externally Original
Condition 8 75 / 10 ( Light ... 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


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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Vintage 1959  Hofner committee Electric Guitar.

Vintage 1959 Hofner committee Electric Guitar.

Southampton, SO30***, UNITED KINGDOM


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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1960 Hofner President Thinline Vintage Hollow body Guitar

1960 Hofner President Thinline Vintage Hollow body Guitar

Sherborne, DT9***, UNITED KINGDOM


Here we have a stunning Hofner President from 1960 in the Thinline electric variant

Being from 1960, the guitar is fitted with two of Hofner??s desirable ??Toaster?? pickups, which along with the fact that this is the ??Thin?? model makes this quite a collectible guitar

Overall it is in fantastic shape, the finish has aged beautifully and has a lovely sunburst present. The hardware also is in very good and still functional condition, and there is no celluloid rot to be ... more
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1959 Höfner President acoustic guitar

1959 Höfner President acoustic guitar

Felixstowe, IP11***, UNITED KINGDOM


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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Hofner president

Hofner president

Horncastle, LN9***, UNITED KINGDOM


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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Hofner Guitar:Committee:Vintage 1967:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Excellent.

Hofner Guitar:Committee:Vintage 1967:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Excellent.

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM


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 wear on the back, the frets are in good condition, as is the beautifully inlaid Fretboard The Hardwood based, Chromatic, Bridge, is linked to ... more
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Vintage (late 1950s) Hofner ??President?? Guitar (No. 2827), with Hard Case

Vintage (late 1950s) Hofner ??President?? Guitar (No. 2827), with Hard Case

Banstead, SM7***, UNITED KINGDOM


Vintage (late 1950s)Hofner ??President?? Guitar (No. 2827), with Hard Case
Please see photographs, rather than me trying to write a detailed Description. You're welcome to come and see it, try it!
VERY reluctant sale, owing to arthritis in my left wrist *SOB .
I bought it second-hand in the late 1960s, and have loved it ever since!
I found a website describing the ?evolution?? of the President, placing thismodel mid-to-late 1950s, particularly with the design of the headstock, ... more
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Hofner President acoustic archtop vintage guitar George Harrison Beatles

Hofner President acoustic archtop vintage guitar George Harrison Beatles

London, Camden , NW0***, UNITED KINGDOM


I was told it is the same model and year as George Harrison??s first good guitar when I got it, and I checked it back then.
The only details to take into account are: the pickguard is missing, the paint on the first fret section of the neck has some wear, and there are some cracks on the veneer at the back
The rest is in great condition, very little fret wear, straight neck, lovely look, and playing amazing.
... more
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Hofner President 1959 Sunburst

Hofner President 1959 Sunburst

St. Albans, AL1***, UNITED KINGDOM


Hofner President from 1959 in the Sunburst finish. This guitar is pure vibes. Once you pick it up it is hard to put down! This is an all original example!
Comes in weighing 4lbs 9oz
Spec wise you get;
Rosewood Fingerboard " Hydrant-style" Tuning PegsHofner Logo Decal On BodyThe guitar is in good shape for its age. It has got a nice amount of wear to the body and neck from use over the years. It has a lacquer crack at the base of the neck. There is a crack to the front of the body which... more
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Hofner President Thinline E2 1963 Natural Gloss Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Hofner President Thinline E2 1963 Natural Gloss Hollow Body Electric Guitar

Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7***, UNITED KINGDOM


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Hofner President Thinline E2 1963 Natural Gloss Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Here for sale we have a Hofner President Thinline E2 Hollow Body Electric Guitar in Natural Gloss finish. Made in Germany back in 1963, this guitar is a stunning example of the work that ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

1971 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1971 Selmer guitar catalogue showing the range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Gibson, Yamaha, Selmer, Hofner and Suzuki. 1960s Selmer had always placed Hofner at the front end of their catalogues, no doubt these were the better sellers - but into the 1970s Hofner were slipping somewhat and only appear at the tail end of this publication, pride of place going to Gibson, and to a lesser extent Yamaha. In fact this is the last Selmer catalogue to include the many Hofner hollow bodies (Committee, President, Senator etc) that had defined the companies output for so many years - to be replaced in the 1972 catalogue by generic solid body 'copies' of Gibson and Fender models. A number of new Gibson models are included for the first time: the SG-100 and SG-200 six string guitars and the SB-300 and SB-400 basses.

1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

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.