Selmer 1960 Hofner and Futurama catalogue, page 21. Details of the Hofner Congress acoustic guitar. The Congress was one of Selmer's best-selling guitars in the UK from 1958 and throughout the 1960s. In contrast to most of the other Hofner archtops (i.e. the Committee, President and Senator) it had no electric equivalent; there was no Congress with pickups fitted.
It did, however, come with some of the new features appearing on all Hofner guitars from 1960: the thin "Slendernek" and adjustable truss rod.
Full arched top and back with new style internal bars for greater resonance. Fitted with exclusive Hofner "Slendanek" with adjustable internal truss rod. Rosewood fingerboard with inlaid mother of pearl position dots and easy action brass frets. Steel screw cog, brass single plate machine heads. Floating finger plate in rich tortoiseshell grained celluloid. Hand-made adjustable bridge. The body has white purfled edge, rich brown colour with sunburst shading and is hand-rubbed to a high lustre finish. The Congress model has an easy action and the tone is very responsive. Compensator tailpiece.
It was also only available in brunette finish (no blonde) at a price of 14 gns.
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