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Rodebald Hoyer. Jazzstar Mahogany.

  The Register of these stylish, opulent guitars currently includes 19 "Mahoganies"  identified by their dates.    Details have been provided by current or recent owners and from information gathered from eBay or other internet resources when these guitars were last sold.   

A few guitars are known at present only by their photos.   If you recognise any of these "owner unknown" guitars, and can supply date information, it would be much appreciated.   

The date of each guitar is shown below exactly as it is stamped in the body, sometimes with a leading 0 and sometimes not  ..... and sometimes with a space and sometimes not.

Also, the current owner of each guitar is shown beneath the date and, where known, the previous owner too.

This Register is being updated on a continuing basis.


Many thanks to Kield Frithiof Andersson for providing much of the information contained here.


November 2021



The first Mahogany appears.   The body has a laminated Mahogany top and back with Maple sides and tortoiseshell binding.   The neck is multi-stripe including Mahogany with the asymmetric headstock shape carried over from earlier models.   Initially the headstock was sharp edged then later the edges were softened but the same contour.   The Fascia has the familiar centre wedge in red marbled pearloid with white marbled pearloid either side .



  158 58   Unknown  

4 11 58

  Ivo Hunek   Unknown (sold by ReForged)   Cameron Brown
    Maybe this is 4 11 58.   Checking!   Dirk Baiersdoefer 
  Ivo Hunek's guitar (above) is not a cutaway and, some might say, not a Jazzstar but it has the same tortoiseshell binding as the Jazzstar and is certainly finished in Mahogany so, for now, I assume it is worthy of including in this Register to mark the earliest known Mahogany.

The January example continues with the asymmetric headstock but, by August, the design has developed into the shape more commonly recognised as a Jazzstar.

  13.1.59    24 8 59   7 9 59
  Unknown   Tobias Stepper   Alan Cramp
    Simon Graugaard   Florian Gurken
  7 9 59  

14 9 59


28 9 59

  Yann Wyssenbach  




  German Vintage Guitars rest'd        
  Unknown (sold by ReForged)        

The f-hole shape was re-designed for 1960 with a longer, more stylish shape closing with rounder holes than the previous oval holes.

4 7 60 Sports an elaborate but not typical headstock fascia.   It maybe original but perhaps a repair or upgrade.   It would be nice to see more photos of this guitar.

Two of these 60's instruments have been superbly restored.  The first by Herbert Rittinberger and the second by Martin Kemmler.   

  4 7 60  

5 9 60


10 10 60


Lewis Lovsin

  Herbert Rittingberger
  10 11 60   Unknown   Unknown
        Linas Peciura
  Unknown   12 12 60    
  Unknown   Unknown    
  Martin Kemmler restored        
  16 5 61        
  Unknown       Dated 15.11.2021


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