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Hofner Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic

1965/66 Selmer 'Guitars and Accessories' catalog page 14

This page details two Hofner 'Country and Western' guitars: the Hofner Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic; basically the same flat-top acoustic guitar with a pickup at the 21st fret of the latter.

Ever aware of current requirements, the Hofner design team have produced a jumbo with the authentic Country and Western sound. The fine quality materials used and clever construction of the body combine to provide great carrying power and excellent tone for vocal accompaniment

1965/66 Selmer "Guitars and Accessories" catalog, page 14: Hofner Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic guitars
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Vintage 1940s Hofner Acoustic Guitar Slot Headstock Cracked Playable

Vintage 1940s Hofner Acoustic Guitar Slot Headstock Cracked Playable

Canyon, Texas, 790**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$295

Top is flat neck is solid in body neck is straight action at 12th feet is 1 / 4 of a inch has glued crack on top from bottom of bridge to bottom of guitar has overall checking end pin is broken off in body pretty back dings scratches and general wear lower bout is 13 5 / 8 inches body depth is 3 3 / 8 inches scale length is 24 1 / 4 width at nut is 1 3 / 4
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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

$1200

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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Hofner Congress No 8782 1959 Guitar Archtop 1950s Semi Acoustic Hollow Electric

Hofner Congress No 8782 1959 Guitar Archtop 1950s Semi Acoustic Hollow Electric

Dundee, DD5***, UNITED KINGDOM

£51

Here is my Honfer congress that I'm selling just because I don't play it anymore. The body is in pretty decent shape was clear coated to protect the original paint on the back and front. The neck was repair long before I got it but I've never had issues with it for all the years I've had it. That's the only issue with it. The neck is pretty straight considering it's age and pre truss rod. Plays really well. The tail piece is an original compensator that's in beautiful condition looks basically ... more
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Hofner Acoustic guitar with strap, case, books and additional items

Hofner Acoustic guitar with strap, case, books and additional items

Swindon, SN25***, UNITED KINGDOM

£135

Please note: I am not an expert and cannot play the guitar, so I have tried to describe this item as best as I can, for more information or photos please contact me
It is used but in good condition, with good sound. Some marks on the varnish but still looks good.
3 of the strings are plastic and new, the other 3 are older and metal There is a strap attached to it The case is brown, with a handle and in good condition
The other items are German music books and Country and Western ... more
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1958 / 59 Hofner Congress Semi Acoustic Guitar No. 6883 (Relisted Due To Non-pay)

1958 / 59 Hofner Congress Semi Acoustic Guitar No. 6883 (Relisted Due To Non-pay)

Stroud, GL6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£150

Introducing the Hofner Congress Semi Acoustic Guitar No. 6883, a perfect addition for any musician's collection. This acoustic guitar boasts excellent sound quality and is suitable for both beginners and professionals alike. Its sleek design and durable build ensure that it will last for years to come

Crafted with precision, this guitar is perfect for those looking for a unique sound and playing experience. The Hofner Congress Semi Acoustic Guitar No. 6883 is a must-have for any... more
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1960 Hofner Congress Acoustic Guitar

1960 Hofner Congress Acoustic Guitar

Exmouth, EX8***, UNITED KINGDOM

£350

Experience the classic sound of the 1960 Hofner Congress, a sought-after gem for guitar enthusiasts and collectors. This vintage instrument boasts a rich and warm tone that resonates through its smooth and beautifully crafted body.
Crafted by the renowned brand Hofner, this acoustic guitar is perfect for both beginners and seasoned musicians alike. This guitar is ideal for all styles of music and its model year of 1960 adds that extra touch of vintage charm. Don't miss your chance to own a ... more
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Vintage Hofner Guitar 12 String Acoustic 492 Circa 1966 Great Player

Vintage Hofner Guitar 12 String Acoustic 492 Circa 1966 Great Player

London, NW8***, UNITED KINGDOM

£375

Vintage Hofner Guitar 12 String Acoustic 492 Circa 1966 Great Player in lovely Vintage condition, has a great sustain and loud mellow tones
Wonderful instrument with straight neck, low action and no bellying
Can collect from London NW8
Good luck and happy bidding
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Vintage  1950??s Acoustic Arch top Model Jackson Hofner Style Guitar

Vintage 1950??s Acoustic Arch top Model Jackson Hofner Style Guitar

London, N7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£400

Vintage 1950??s Acoustic Arch top Model Jackson Hofner style guitar

Condition
Professionally setup
New Martin strings
All original
No cracks or repairs
Shows some scratching
Includes guitar only
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Hofner Congress Brunette c 1958 Hollow-Body Archtop Electro Acoustic Guitar

Hofner Congress Brunette c 1958 Hollow-Body Archtop Electro Acoustic Guitar

Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£460

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Hofner Congress Brunette c 1958 Hollow-Body Archtop Electro Acoustic Guitar
Here for sale we have a very special Hofner Congress Hollow-Body Archtop guitar in Brunette finish. Made in Germany, our research and the specification of this guitar indicate that it was... more
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Hofner Congress 1963 / 64 Electric acoustic archtop with case

Hofner Congress 1963 / 64 Electric acoustic archtop with case

Doncaster, DN5***, UNITED KINGDOM

£465

Absolutely stunning with original case (says Massar on the lock - no key unfortunately)

Serial number: 13426 (which puts it somewhere around 1963-4)

there are some knocks and bumps typical of age but otherwise is in great condition, as is the case. One tuner has been replaced with a Congress tuner from a different year

The action is nice and low and the pickup sounds brilliant.
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Hofner Senator Vintage 1957 Acoustic Guitar

Hofner Senator Vintage 1957 Acoustic Guitar

Bungay, NR35***, UNITED KINGDOM

£475

Hofner Senator 1957 Vintage Guitar. Serial number 4228 This is a used guitar and does have some marks and some damage round the neck area which I have tried to show on the photos Please let me know if you want some more pics This is being advertised elsewhere so could be removed if sold. Collection only.... more
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HOFNER President 1960 Archtop Acoustic Guitar  in Natural Blonde.

HOFNER President 1960 Archtop Acoustic Guitar in Natural Blonde.

Bridgwater, TA6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£495

1960 HOFNER President Acoustic Archtop guitar in Natural Blonde with Serial No. 7013. and being a 1960's model it has a truss rod fitted Spruce top, Flame Maple back and sides, Rosewood fingerboard, Mother of pearl flower inlay on headstock and triple dot fret markers As expected on a guitar of it's age it has some battle scars but overall in great order It has been thoroughly cleaned, restrung and set up to a high standard with an easy low action so plays and sounds great Machine heads are all ... more
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Hofner Senator 1958 Acoustic Guitar Pre-Owned

Hofner Senator 1958 Acoustic Guitar Pre-Owned

Sandbach, CW11***, UNITED KINGDOM

£500

Hofner senator 1958 acoustic guitar number 7756
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Hofner Guitar:Senator: Cutaway:Thinline:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Vintage 1965.

Hofner Guitar:Senator: Cutaway:Thinline:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Vintage 1965.

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£520

A Beautiful, Hofner Senator Guitar, cleaned, polished, serviced, new strings The Headstock carries the original Hofner tuners and logo The Neck is straight, the joint solid, the frets are in good condition, as is the fretboard with a low action The Hofner, Staple, pickup is linked to a Volume control and a Tone control knob The Hardwood Bridge is adjustable, has individual, metal, saddles for fine adjustment of the string spacing and coupled to an Iconic, Hofner Compensator ,Tailpiece The ... more
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Hofner 495 acoustic jumbo nylon strings 1957 / 58 vintage

Hofner 495 acoustic jumbo nylon strings 1957 / 58 vintage

Barcelona, 08***, SPAIN

€525

Hofner acoustic model 495 western jumbo flattop 1957 / 58 in excellent condition. Attached is a description from the expert Steve Russell: A rather unusual guitar, whit the five-piece nek of the contemporary President model, including Lily of the Valley headstock inlays, but mounten on a 20" long by 16" wide flattop body, with narrow waist and circular soundhole. Hofner themselves seem to have been pretty confused with this model, as generally it was produced with nylon strings but it would ... more
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Hofner Senator 1957 Acoustic Archtop Guitar Pre-Owned

Hofner Senator 1957 Acoustic Archtop Guitar Pre-Owned

Knaresborough, HG5***, UNITED KINGDOM

£599

Hofner Senator 1957 Acoustic Archtop Guitar Pre-Owned Pre-Owned condition rating - 3 Fantastic Condition for its age Guitar is in perfect working order
Fully serviced on arrival Action his medium-high due to no truss rod in the neck 1957 No. 4216 Pre-Owned Condition Rating
Rating Score 1 - Excellent - Item is in 'as new' condition
Rating Score 2 - Very Good - Item will show signs of light use
Rating ... more
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Vintage Hofner President 1960 Acoustic Archtop Guitar No. 6626 w /  original case

Vintage Hofner President 1960 Acoustic Archtop Guitar No. 6626 w / original case

Kingston upon Thames, KT1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£600

Vintage President Guitar from 1960 No. 6626. Looks great, sounds great.
Very clean guitar, no marks, scratches or dents. This beautiful guitar has been well looked after during its 64 years of age and playing
Comes with original case, however, due to age and use, the carrying strap has detached from the case
Collection only / Inspection welcome
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Hofner Congress guitar 1960s German acoustic

Hofner Congress guitar 1960's German acoustic

Monmouth, NP25***, UNITED KINGDOM

£625

Professionally set up with new ten guage coated strings

Bridge has been set up to correct angle

Some scratches on back - see pictures

Otherwise very good condition
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Hofner Guitar:Verithin:1960:Archtop:Blond:Electro-acoustic:Rare:Good condition

Hofner Guitar:Verithin:1960:Archtop:Blond:Electro-acoustic:Rare:Good condition

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£650

A Vintage, Hofner Verithin from 1960s, in Blond / Natural finish, few and far between Original finish on Neck and the body
The Headstock carries the original ,new set of Tuners, Hofner logo and inlaid design The Slimline Neck is straight, the joint soild, the frets and fretboard are in good condition with a low action Lightweight, easy to handle and a joy to play ,all the way down the fretboard The twin replacement P90 pickups have a good tone and a powerful delivery The Hardwood Bridge is ... more
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Hofner Guitar:Verithin:Vintage 1960s:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Good condition

Hofner Guitar:Verithin:Vintage 1960s:Archtop:Electro-acoustic:Good condition

Nunthorpe, TS7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£750

A Vintage, Hofner Verithin from 1960s, road worn so had the table resprayed Original finish on Neck and the back Original Hofner Tuners Replacement ,Hofner Tailpiece
The Headstock carries the original ,elegant ,set of Tuners, Hofner logo and inlaid design The Slimline Neck is straight, the joint soild, the frets and fretboard are in good condition with a low action Lightweight, easy to handle and a joy to play ,all the way down the fretboard The twin replacement P90 pickups have a good tone... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1968 Selmer guitar catalogue

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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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1981 'Gibson Specials' Pre-Owners Manual

1981 Gibson Specials Pre-Owners Manual'Gibson Specials' was part of the June 1981 pre-owners manual series, but unlike the other folders contained a mish-mash of different guitars: limited editions, test marketing and close outs. "You will find the unusual, the brand-new, and the bargain within this folder". End of line 70s guitars like the Marauder, S-1, and L-6S Custom mixed in with brand new models the The V, The Explorer and the Flying V Bass.
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1970s Shaftesbury 3263 bass

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1961 Hohner Zambesi

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1963 Vox Super Ace

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1966 Vox New Escort

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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

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1972 Fender Precision bass

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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'

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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 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.