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  Guitars for Sale.   Rodebald Hoyer Jazzstar.
  #111   Rodebald Hoyer Jazzstar.      1961.
  60 years old and looking good!    A nice example of Rodebald Hoyer's hand carved, solid Spruce top Jazzstar.    It is distinguished by its unusual headstock design and by its elegant sunburst finish -  most Jazzstars were finished in Natural.
  The Jazzstar is one of Rod's top models with a 17" x 3"  cutaway body and full-scale neck without a truss rod.     He is renown for the use of superior woods and this straight grain, hand carved Spruce top is typical.   Exceptional tone.
  The colours are magnificent  -  lots of rich shades in the sunburst.   Jazzstars feature this faux-tortoiseshell binding which looks very opulent, even Nouveaux.
  It is all original with a good strong 50's style neck so it has that old style feel about it.   Robust with a highish action  -   just what you would expect.   Nice!   
  The neck it fitted to the body by a Stauffer Screw, as favoured by most of the Czech/Bavarian luthiers of the period for their top of the range models.   It has the advantage of allowing the neck angle to be set up to the players preference.    But once set up,  it is best left alone.
  The 5-piece stripy neck also suggests nouveaux influences in its design.   Rod's trademark cutaway, rounding-off the corner with layers of binding.
  Deeply figured Rosewood fingerboard, still with original frets.
  Early 60's Jazzstars would normally have a symmetrical headstock with one, central red stripe.    This has the asymmetrical shape with four red stripes.     Four black stripes were used occasionally on other models but I have not yet seen pics of any other Rodebalds with four red stripes.

I have to say I like it a lot!

  The tuners are original but needed replacement buttons.    I managed to find the correct NOS 60's buttons lurking in an old stash of parts!
  The neck is 5 piece Maple and Mahogany and has the vintage feel of the 50's.    It is big, robust, and totally right for this guitar.  
  The back is hand-formed laminated Maple with solid Maple sides.    All very strong.
  Straight as a die and perfectly central (thanks to the Stauffer)  but it took quite a while to set it up so accurately.    The nice new Joseph Teller bridge helps to create superb tone and string clarity.   
  Some marks, of course, but overall in excellent condition.
  All joints and binding just like new and really solid.


Rodebald Hoyer (Rod) was born in Schoenbach (1909) in the German speaking part of what is now called the Czechoslovakia.   He worked alone with his father Anton and was later joined by Artur Lang, as Anton's student.   The family were not related to Arnold Hoyer,  the better known guitar makers.   

Schoenbach was a centre for stringed instrument making but after WW11, the German speaking peoples were expelled from the Czech Republic and the luthier community migrated to Bavaria.

Rodebald set up his own workshop when his father died, concentrating mainly on archtops.    Initially, all his guitars were carved from solid woods but later a few laminate models were introduced.    Throughout, however, he continued to use solid sides rather than to use laminated sides and always made his own neck blanks which he carved himself.

Some guitars are labelled but most are not.



This guitar is pure vintage.    It is a hand-carved, hand-made solid top and sides German archtop of the early 60's.     It has a robust full scale neck, comfortable,  not too thick and with a full relief so has a highish action,  just the way these guitars always were.

Perfect for punching out big chords all night long!

Musically,  it is superb.   It has a powerful, rich, majestic voice with a balanced tone and excellent projection.    This guitar has a very sophisticated sound with a big, mellow, majestic voice from which a series of subtle sub notes, overtones and choral sounds emerge and fade on its long, long sustain.   Amazing for such a full bodied guitar.    

At 60 years old  (1961)  it is in very good condition.    Cosmetically,  it looks amazing,  a few marks on the top but excellent elsewhere.    

Ideal for chordal work, it would need less relief for single string work.


* I couldn't resist.    I have tried it with my favourite pickup for this type of archtop (a Shadow AZ49)  and it sounds wonderful.  

   Price :  685 plus shipment (Insurance optional).   For overseas shipment please ask.


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