The 477 was Hofner's big body jazz archtop in
the 1980's, measuring a full 17" lower bout by 3½ " (90
deep. So, in size, nearer the
Committee than the President but with those very distinctive
f-holes that let you know its a 477. Satisfying
the jazz player's desire for simplicity without
ornamentation, it has single dot markers and a single Master
Volume control with separate Tone controls. Only
the multiple binding gives a clue to its quality.
The top is laminated Spruce and the back and sides are
nicely flamed laminated Maple.
neck is Hofners single-piece Hard Rock Maple with a half
heel and fitted with a large radius Rosewood fingerboard and
is a delight to play.
This is a jazz
players dream .... sweet but punchy, the twin 513s rank as
Hofners best in my opinion and the resulting Tone from this
"Big Body" equals Gibson's best. 477s come
in a variety of finishes but this "Sunset" version is a
genuine tribute to Barney Kessel! It
is very similar to my 4577 (#11 in the
In the 80's
Hofner used a polyester type finish which weather-checks
more prominently than cellulose. This 477 is
showing just a few checking lines, some running around
the sides as well, nonetheless it is only in the finish.
In all other respects it is
in perfect condition and is all original with its original
17" fitted case.
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 .............. !