The Hofner Committee was a really fine electric acoustic guitar produced by Hofner, and distributed in great Britain and the Commonwealth by Selmer, UK. It was designed primarily for the British guitar-buying market, with input from a "committee of Britain's top six guitarists", hence the name. It was introduced as an archtop acoustic in 1954, with an electric model following in 1956.
The Committee is a stunning guitar, with early models easily identifiable by it's ornate frondose headstock that only appears on this model, and the (relatively uncommon) Golden Hofner. This was a large bodied archtop, with a width of 17 1/2", and a carved spruce top; though electric models (only) transitioned to a larger body (18" wide) with a laminate top through 1963. At this point the headstock also took on a more conventional shape.
Taken from the 1960 Selmer Hofner catalog
Electric guitar advertisements originally published from 1968 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Hofner advertisements
Hofner Committee - Hofner is Not the Best Guitar in the World But it is By Far the Best in its Class (1968)
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, ...
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