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  #070   HOFNER President Special.  
  Unique!    Stunning!!
  A very gentle, transparent Cinnamon-burst lets the grain shine through.
  The mock tortoiseshell pickguard is new and really suits the body colour.
  Hofners blade pickups are so good.    These are humbuckers.
  Originally the head had a raised gold logo.   You can just see its shadow.
  It just glows from every angle.
  Back and sides using flashlight to reveal the luxurious bold Flame Maple.
  Hofner's very strong half-heel joint, typical of the 80's.


1980's Hofner President Special.


I acquired this lovely President from someone living in Bubenreuth, within a mile of the old Hofner factory.    He had lived in the village all his life and had worked for Hofner at one time.

His parents owned a small music shop in Bubenreuth and, so he told me,  the Sales Manager  from Hofner would occasionally drop in with a mystery guitar and ask if they wanted it.    Apparently the mystery guitars were ones which did not fit the standard catalogue of the time.   These mainly were prototypes.

This guitar,  from the 80's,  was essentially the standard President of the day but finished in this gorgeous Cinnamon cellulose.     As this is a colour that Hofner introduced about 20 years later, I can only assume it was an early colour experiment that was not put into production at that time.


 It measures 16" lower bout by 3 " (80 mms) deep but with those very distinctive f-holes that lets you know its a late 80's model.   The top is laminated Spruce and the back and sides are nicely flamed laminated Maple.   The neck is Hofners single-piece Hard Rock Maple with a half heel

Satisfying the jazz player's desire for simplicity without ornamentation, it has single dot markers on a Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and 25" scale.

The pickups are type 513 blades with conventional controls.


This is a jazz players dream .... sweet but punchy, the twin 513s rank as Hofners best in my opinion

Recently cleaned and polished and rebuilt it is in outstanding original condition, except for the addition of a new handmade pickguard.    The original Hofner tortoiseshell pickguard had become very fragile.    

Overall,  this is a great archtop  -  very jazzy, with a nice slim neck and a wide tonal spectrum!   Hardly any discernable play-wear,  set up just right,   you won't be able to put this one down .............. !     




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