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Vintage Hofner and Selmer catalogues in Mint condition from 1960 to 1990's.  

I also have a comprehensive library of old Framus, Gibson, Gretsch, Guyatone, Harmony and Kay as well as Hofner catalogues on CD.    Please ask.

 

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#001 Gibson Byrdland 1965

 

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HOFNER 450 DELUXE.

 

This 70's Hofner has been in a private collection in Germany all its life.

It is like new.   Recently polished and set-up nicely, it is now available.

 

The 450 was Hofner's longest serving model, introduced in 1954 and phased out in 1984.     Initially it was a budget model, made entirely of Maple, with a solid neck and headstock and laminated body.  

Over the years it was refined to become a good acoustic rhythm guitar in the 60's then a more serious orchestra/jazz archtop but still always Maple.

In the early 70's Hofner upgraded the 450, restyling it close to the appearance of Gibsons ES-150    The Maple body was re-designed with a more modern construction and with the "new" half heel, one-piece solid Hard Rock Maple neck that Hofner still uses to the current day (although the half heel became unfashionable in the 80's).

These changes pretty much transformed the 450 to become a serious archtop, not sold in the UK,  but popular in Continental Europe.    It remained an acoustic model in the range but there have been one or two sightings of what are believed to be factory fitted electric versions right at the end of production.


 

 

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