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The Golden Hofner

Page 3 of the 1960 Selmer Catalog

1960 Selmer guitar catalogue. Page 3. The short-lived Golden Hofner was the finest electric guitar in the 1960 catalogue, with it's carved spruce top, flamed maple sides, Grenadilla ebony fingerboard, pearl inlays and engraved gold plated hardware. It was also the largest, with a body width of 21 1/4" at its widest point. Typical of high-end Hofner guitars, it had the characteristic frondose headstock shape. Like the rest of the guitars in this catalogue it was fitted with the thinner "Slenda-nek", adjustable truss rod and new "Super Response" pickups.

Two models are described: the full-bodied (3 1/8") Golden Hofner, no. 523, and the thinline version, no. T523 - both listed with a UK price of 95 gns.

A sister model, the acoustic Golden Hofner, is also shown on page 17.

The superb Golden Hofner is the combination of years of experience in guitar design

1960 Selmer Hofner guitar catalog page 3 - details of the Golden Hofner

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Hofner Colorama double-cut HH electric red

Hofner Colorama double-cut HH electric red

Lynn, Massachusetts, 019**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Works great. Straight neck, good action, frets have very little wear, truss turns, electronics are clean. There's some chipping on the nut. Doesn't affect playability. Regular player wear throughout. Features set maple neck, rosewood fretboard, abalone inlays, mini humbuckers, Grover tuners. Ships to lower 48. No case. No trades.... more
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1960s Hofner Colorama model 161 Circa 1960s - Redburst Made in Germany Vintage

1960's Hofner Colorama model 161 Circa 1960's - Redburst Made in Germany Vintage

Brooklyn, New York, 112**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This Hofner Model 161 Colorama was made in Germany in the early to mid 1960's. The guitar is a fun little single pickup guitar that plays and sounds good. The guitar is super light and weighs 4 LBS & 8 ounces. The body is very thin and comfortable to play. The guitar is in good shape for it's age but does show a fair amount of nicks, dings and scratches. The high E tuner is changed but the guitar is otherwise original to the best of my knowledge. The pickup sounds good and the electronics ... more
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1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

1960s Hofner 172 Colorama II Electric Guitar Red Vinyl

Benicia, California, 945**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Buy with confidence knowing this guitar will rock your socks off! We ship off same day or next business day!
In the early 1960s, rock music was sweeping across Europe, and one of the most iconic bands of that era was undoubtedly the Beatles. Their arrival on the scene in 1962 and 1963 marked the onset of Beatlemania, a phenomenon that swept the globe, with audiences clamoring to see them perform and emulate their style
The immense demand for instruments like the ones the Beatles played ... more
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late 60s Hofner Galaxie 176

late 60s Hofner Galaxie 176

Long Beach, California, 908**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Let's go surfing now!Tremelo is repaired & working great. All electronics have been cleaned & work as they should too. One exception is the tone for the neck pickup is frozen. Fortunately it's in the all-the-way-up position. There is some fret wear mostly on the high E and B, but it doesn't buzz and there's plenty of meat left on the frets if you want to do a level Lots of finish checking & character Remains of a hard case included.... more
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Fort Worth, Texas, 761**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA





If you have ANY questions, please ask BEFORE bidding
Thanks, Chris

My Feedback rating is 100% and I do my best to accurately describe my items for sale  
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Vintage RARE Hofner 4990-12 1975 Natural Acoustic Made in Germany

Vintage RARE Hofner 4990-12 1975 Natural Acoustic Made in Germany

Mount Sinai, New York, 117**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale is a RARE Hofner 4990-12 from 1975. Made in Germany. Featured on Steve??s Vintage Hofner website! A photo of this guitar was apparently never put in their 1975 catalogue. I have never seen another like one like this. Definitely a rare find

The projection in on this guitar is very powerful. The grain on the woods are beautiful. And the bookmark matched back is truly stunning. It is a work of art!

Open chords are easy to play. The action is high as you get down ... more
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Vintage 1965 Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar 4570e NEAR MINT W. GERMANY

Vintage 1965 Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar 4570e NEAR MINT W. GERMANY

Montclair, New Jersey, 070**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage 1965 Höfner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Model 4570e NEAR MiNT! MADE IN GERMANY
This gorgeous, vintage 1965 wide-body semi-hollow Höfner was made in West Germany and is a special instrument. It has been remarkably preserved over the years and shows little to no signs of its age.
A beautiful medium sunburst, a pearloid inlay fretboard and headstock make this a work of art. Every bit of this guitar is original.
The pickups were rewired about five years ago (see pictures) and ... more
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Vtg 60??s Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Vtg 60??s Hofner Hollow Body Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Vintage Electric Guitar

ALL contacts between bidders / buyers and seller must be made via EBAY MESSAGES ONLY.
Please, DO NOT send any emails to our email address, we are not able to get to them in a timely manner

All items get checked before listing.

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Hofner Jazzica Custom

Hofner Jazzica Custom

San Pedro, California, 907**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Hofner Jazzica Custom.

Excellent condition Hofner Jazzica Custom.

Guitar sounds and plays fantastically. Currently set up with flat wound 12s.

Comes with F holes mutes and hardcase. However some of the stands have fallen off the hardcase.
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1957 Hofner model 127 Club 50 a killer John Lennon "Beatle" guitar very clean !

1957 Hofner model 127 Club 50 a killer John Lennon "Beatle" guitar very clean !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This super rare and very early ?Sunburst?? Model 127 Club 50 it has a 13 inch wide, 2 inch thick, single cutaway hollow body, with a slightly arched top and a flat-back. One-piece natural spruce ?carved?? top with a one-piece maple back. The sides of the body are lightly flamed maple and triple-bound bound in black. Original two-layer pearloid over black plastic heel-cap. Three-piece (maple-beech-maple) neck with a scale length of 24 1 / 4 inches, a nut width of just under 1 5 / 8 inches and a ... more
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Rare Vtg Hofner Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Rare Vtg Hofner Electric Guitar Made in West Germany

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Electric Guitar
ALL contacts between bidders / buyers and seller must be made via EBAY MESSAGES ONLY
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1 knob ONLY
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Framus Guitar With Rare  Hofner pickup

Framus Guitar With Rare Hofner pickup

Tonbridge, TN11***, UNITED KINGDOM


a Framus made in the late fifties, it??s fitted with a very collectible aftermarket pick up that is Hofner branded!

well used some damage to the veneer and there seems to be a knob / marble stuck inside!!

Lovely for strumming as well as plugging in
Used by my husband but no longer plays!
Pick up in person and welcome to try before you buy!
Also see other guitars for sell
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 Vintage 1969 Hofner 492 E 12 corde / 12 string

 Vintage 1969 Hofner 492 E 12 corde / 12 string

Napoli, 80***, ITALY


Vintage 1969 Hofner 492 E 12 corde / 12 string. La chitarra suona bene, manca il pickup nella buca ed una meccanica è da riparare. Il top è in masello e i lati sono in mogano laminato Tastiera in palissandro, capotasto in metallo e tasto zero
Vintage 1969 Hofner 492 E 12 string guitar Elewctric pickup missing, one tuner needs fixing. Body size is 20 5" longx 16 25" 4.75" depth
Spruce top and mahogany laminated sides Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, metal nut with zero fret
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Project - Vintage Hofner Colorama (Germany) Circa. 1960s Electric Guitar - Red

Project - Vintage Hofner Colorama (Germany) Circa. 1960s Electric Guitar - Red

Nottingham, NG3***, UNITED KINGDOM


A nice Hofner Colorama electric guitar, made in Germany circa 1960s
Hofner introduced the Colorama model in order to compete with its USA contemporaries?? dual pickup, double cut designed electric guitars
This is one such example, made in Germany circa 1960s
All original, save for a replaced nut and electronics touch up by Dicky of Fontaine Guitars (Nottingham). Note, Fontaine noted that while working, the single pickup has a relatively weak output - and may be in need of rewinding, ... more
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* missing parts=as pictured
* tuner buttons were changed out
* neck has a back bow around first 4 frets
* frets are worn
* has the large Galaxie tremolo=worth 200 quid
* NO truss rod bullet present=check last pic
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Lap Steel Hofner anno 1961

Lap Steel Hofner anno 1961

Napoli, 80***, ITALY


Vendo Lap Steel Hofner anno 1961 in condizioni ottime e funzionante. Astuccio originale Vendo Lap Steel Hofner anno 1961 in condizioni ottime e funzionante... more
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Vintage Hofner Colorama (Germany) Circa. 1960s Electric Guitar - Red gloss

Vintage Hofner Colorama (Germany) Circa. 1960s Electric Guitar - Red gloss

St. Albans, AL4***, UNITED KINGDOM


Vintage Hofner Colorama (Germany) Circa. 1960s Electric Guitar - Red gloss. 1961 / 2 German Hofner Colorama V2 before the awful plastic covered ones Natural relic body, the neck has been refurbished as the guitar was saved from a fire and the head only was scorched, it has been Professionally re varnished in vintage tint and new sealed logo applied. The tuners are original as are all the components of the guitar. The buttons have been replaced as they were scorched The chrome is exceptional ... more
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Hofner solid 173  /  galaxy vintage electric guitar. Germany 60??s

Hofner solid 173 / galaxy vintage electric guitar. Germany 60??s

Willesden , NW10***, UNITED KINGDOM


Hofner solid body guitar, vintage, made in Germany in the 60??s.

The neck doesn??t belong to the body originally, but these solid models were very similar, so it fits and looks perfect, I think the only difference with the neck is the fretboard mother of Pearl marking. I think the neck is model galaxy, and the rest is 173, but I might be wrong, as I said, these models are very similar.

The neck is in great condition, it is straight and the truss rod works. The frets have... more
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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

1968 Selmer guitar catalogueScan of 1968/1969 Selmer guitar catalogue (printed July 1968), showing the entire range of electric and acoustic guitars distributed by the company: guitars by Hofner, Gibson, Selmer and Giannini. Selmer were the exclusive United Kingdom distributors of Hofner and Gibson at the time, and this catalogue contains a total of 18 electric guitars, 7 bass guitars, 37 acoustics, and 2 Hawaiian guitars - all produced outside the UK and imported by Selmer, with UK prices included in guineas. This catalogue saw the (re-)introduction of the late sixties Gibson Les Paul Custom and Les Paul Standard (see page 69) and the short-lived Hofner Club 70. Other electric models include: HOFNER ELECTRICS: Committee, Verithin 66, Ambassador, President, Senator, Galaxie, HOFNER BASSES: Violin bass, Verithin bass, Senator bass, Professional bass GIBSON ELECTRICS: Barney Kessel, ES-330TD, ES-335TD, ES-345TD, ES-175D, ES-125CD, SG Standard, SG Junior, SG Special GIBSON BASSES: EB-0, EB-2, EB-3 - plus a LOT of acoustics branded Gibson, Hofner, Selmer and Giannini

1961 Hofner Colorama I

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1971 Commodore N25 (Matsumoku)

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1960 Hofner Colorama II

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1971 Epiphone 1820 bass (ET-280)

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1981 Gibson Marauder

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1971 'Pick Epiphone' Catalog

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1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

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1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

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1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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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'

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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 catalog Hagstrom 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 President The 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.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional