Hohner were a German musical instrument company most associated with harmonicas and accordions. They had no guitar manufacturing facility of their own, but in the late 1950s / early 1960s they started to sell Hohner branded guitars in the UK, under the brand name Hohner London. Early examples included the Kingsway, Holborn, Farringdon and Metropolitan - all names associated with their London address, and the surrounding area. Kingsway, for example, was a street just a stones-throw from their central London headquarters. Guitars were built by various third party manufacturers, with solid body guitars produced in the United Kingdom, and hollow bodies from Germany. Solid body body/neck construction was by Stuart Darkins (a UK furniture manufacturer who also built early guitars for Vox), and pickups and electronics by Fenton Weill.
An early, lightweight, single pickup, single cutaway solid body. Model 111. Kingway was a main street running parallel to Hohners Farringdon Road address.
An area of London, and a well known London Station, on Kingsway, and close to Farringdon Road
Two models of the Hohner Zambesi were available, model 334 with tremolo, and model 333 without.
Both an area of London, and a well known London Station, very close to Farringdon Road
The original Metropolitan Railway served Farringdon, evolving into the Metropolitain underground line in 1933. The significance of the railway to this part of London was huge.
Hohner's first foray into guitar manufacture was not a great success. Although nicely built, these guitars must have already seemed dated in 1961, with no adjustable truss rods and floating, rather than fixed intonatable bridges, even in the high end models. By mid/late 1962, Hohner were the UK distributor for Kay guitars, which seems to have focused their attention away from Hohner branded guitars. The above models are rarely seen for sale on the vintage guitar market.