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Old October 15th, 2009, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any Hohner love out there in TDPRI land?

I’ve found very little reference to Hohner guitars in this forum, and often times when they are referred to, it is in either apologetic or deprecatory terms. In other words, owners seem to feel like they have to apologize for their instruments when they mention them, and comments by others often belittle the brand. I’ve read a couple of exceptions to this rule, but just a couple.

For the record, I am talking about their acoustic guitars, not their electrics (Tele copies a la “The Artist”). I’ve never played their electrics, but I have owned a Hohner acoustic for more than 26 years.

I have never felt as though I had to apologize for my Hohner G940, a very nice dreadnaught made (in Japan) from 1979 to 1985. Yes, I know that Hohner now seems to focus on entry level, not higher end, guitars. I have not played any of these, and so quality may very well have gone downhill.

But 25-30 years ago, things were different. The Hohner brand had some very good guitars made in Japan, and at that time an imported Japanese guitar was a quality item.

So, the reason for this thread is twofold: to see if there is any other Hohner love out there among my fellow TDPRIers; and to (hopefully) gain some respect for Hohner guitars, or at least for the higher end models of yesteryear.

Along this line, I will be posting pics and specs and my evaluation of my Hohner G940. But first, I want to pause, and see if any others will answer my question: is there any (other) Hohner love out there in TDPRI land?

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Old October 16th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmmm … only 22 views and 0 replies to my post in 35 hours. Apparently, the answer to my question is “No.”

Or maybe I’m just looking in the wrong place. I would have thought that the “Acoustic Heaven” sub-forum was the place for this thread. However, I am asking essentially about the existence of a fan base for Hohner guitars, so maybe this thread should be submitted to the “Guitar Owners Clubs” sub-forum.

I will keep my promise about posting pics and specs and my evaluation of my Hohner G940 in this thread, but if no replies come in after that, then I will consider starting a “Hohner Owners” club in the “Guitar Owners Clubs” sub-forum.

In the spring of 1983 I bought a Hohner G940 acoustic guitar at a local shop, for about $600. Here are some pics of what I’m talking about.

Some of my guitars. The Hohner is on the right in the picture (in my left hand). The other acoustic is my Breedlove AD25/SM acoustic/electric, and my Logan Custom mahogany Tele is in the middle.


An older pic, of me playing the Hohner for my grandson Corbin (he turned 8 on Wednesday).


My Hohner in action.


There is very little information about Hohner guitars to be found on the Internet. And concerning my model, the G940, I’ve found no information on the Internet except what I’ve posted to this forum.

The Hohner G940 was a higher end guitar back in the day. One indicator of this (though not the best) is the price tag. As I said earlier, I paid about $600, which was serious money (for me, anyway) in 1983. According to the online calculator on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website, $600 in 1983 had the same buying power as $1,300.20 does in 2009.

But a better indicator of the higher end status of this model is the quality of build. About a year ago I contacted Hohner via their website, and got a response from Mike Blaylock, Hohner Fretted Instrument Specialist. He confirmed what I have long known about the quality of the G940.

The Hohner G940 model (a dreadnaught, as is obvious from the pictures above) was made in Japan from 1979 to 1985. The top was described back in the day as “aged close grain solid spruce.” Well, mine’s 26 years old now, so the top is definitely aged spruce. The back and sides are solid select mahogany. The neck is solid Honduran mahogany with an ebony fingerboard. The bridge is rosewood. The bindings are maple. The nut and compensated bridge saddle are bone. The bridge pins are ebony. The position markers are maple inlays. The scale length is 25.5".

That neck still plays like butter, and she has balanced tones and great projection, no doubt due to all the solid woods and the dreadnaught size. She’s not an acoustic/electric, so I play my Breedlove at gigs. Even so, my Hohner G940 is still my #1 guitar in my meager collection (a mere 5 guitars).
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Old October 16th, 2009, 08:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds and looks like a good guitar to me. Several Japanese guitar factories, contracted in the '70s with companies from around the world--isn't Hohner a German harmonica and accordian manufacturer?--to make guitars under their labels. The guitars are very often high-quality instruments such as yours obviously is, with good craftsmanship, solid tops and sometimes back and sides too, also sometimes "bling" like fancy inlay work.

I keep guitars hanging in my classroom for my kids to play. Last year a graduating senior presented us with a brand-new Hohner. It's made in Indonesia, and not solid-topped as yours is, but it's got a nice sunburst finish, and it's highly playable; the kids like it a lot.
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Sounds and looks like a good guitar to me. Several Japanese guitar factories, contracted in the '70s with companies from around the world--isn't Hohner a German harmonica and accordian manufacturer?--to make guitars under their labels. The guitars are very often high-quality instruments such as yours obviously is, with good craftsmanship, solid tops and sometimes back and sides too, also sometimes "bling" like fancy inlay work.

I keep guitars hanging in my classroom for my kids to play. Last year a graduating senior presented us with a brand-new Hohner. It's made in Indonesia, and not solid-topped as yours is, but it's got a nice sunburst finish, and it's highly playable; the kids like it a lot.
Thanks for your response, P Thought. I would have figured that at least some pickers in this forum, international as it is, would be Hohner owners (say that 5 times real fast). Oh, well...

Glad to hear that the student models are nice and playable. Mine is really a great guitar. Not the fanciest inlay work ever, but it's all wood. This baby just sings and rings, and is the best playing acoustic I've ever had my hands on. I've played some nice Takamines, Guilds, and some Taylors and Martins, and this Hohner can hold its own with any of them.
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. . .Hohner owners (say that 5 times real fast). . . .
Thass funny!

P.S. The more I play mine (mine's a Tak, though,) the more I like "hogs".
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Thass funny!

P.S. The more I play mine (mine's a Tak, though,) the more I like "hogs".
I've played some really nice Takamines over the years. My younger brother's, a nice sunburst he got as a birthday gift in 1975, was just a really sweet guitar. (It was stolen about about a decade or so later. )


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I have two--my wife's from the 1980s and a newer all-mahogany-laminate made-in-China one of unknown year (I bought it at a garage sale). Both are good players and sound surprisingly good for "cheap laminated guitars." I'll have to look up the model numbers.
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There is Honer love!

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Stumbled on to your thread searching for history on my old Honer. Glad to know there are others out there- it's a great box. I've had mine since I bought it new from Fatdog @ Subway guitars in Berkeley about 27 years ago. I think I paid about $350 for it at the time (a lot for me then too!)
He said he got it in some warehouse clearance deal and it was not a current model (in 1983-84), but I never found out when it was made. There are a few stamped numbers inside the sound box, but they are hard to make out. Anyhow it looks exactly like yours, except for the fret dot pattern, and mine does not have the 2 pegs (buttons, rivets?) on the bridge.
This was my main guitar for 20 years + and I wrote many many song on it. It was also used and abused on many a camping/rock climbing trips in my youth as the fireside mainstay, banging out the chords until the wee hours (or until the beer ran out).
About 1996-97 I formed a band and Installed an under-saddle peizo which was the beginning of the end for the bridge. Got a Taylor 614 after that and mothballed the Honer (the bridge finally cracked apart at the peg line).

Just a couple weeks ago I pulled the old plugger out of the shed and decided to tackle putting on an new bridge myself. I made my own out of a piece of Honduras rosewood which does not match the original color very well,
but when I strung it up and all was working again, I felt like I had found a long lost friend. I haven't been able to play it for over 10 years, but it sounds amazing, even better than I remember it- rich bottom, crazy amount of volume and clarity, it's just the perfect campfire guitar- it can keep up with several drunken climbers singing Pink Floyd or Neil Young at the top of their lungs!
Anyway, now I can't put that old Honer down!

There must be others like us out there.
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Hey, SansTele, got your private message, and no, I hadn't noticed your post here. I started to reply to your PM, then realized that your post here was essentially the same, so I'll just reply by posting here.

Thanks for posting, it's good to hear from someone else that knows about these great old Hohners. It can be frustrating at times that so few know about these guitars. Most seem not to know anything about them, or else they associate the name with the current line of guitars, mostly economy, entry level models.

You mention yours closely resembles mine, except for the position markers on the fretboard, and the two "pegs" on the bridge. In both cases, on the fretboard and the bridge, those are triangular shaped decorative wood (maple) inlays.

You mentioned not knowing just when yours was made, and that the model # stamped inside the sound box is hard to make out. I'm fortunate in that the # "G940" is clearly stamped inside mine, still clearly visible. Even so, if you're interested in finding out more about yours, I'd suggest contacting Hohner. I emailed the Guitar Department of Hohner USA (GuitarDept@hohnerusa.com) 2 years ago now (April 08, 2008), and got a reply just 2 days later from Mike Blaylock, "Hohner Fretted Instrument Specialist." I guess there's no way to know if Blaylock is still there, but I'll bet they'll be just as helpful in your case, and try to help better identify your model.

I really relate to your description of the sound of your Hohner: "rich bottom, crazy amount of volume and clarity". That says it for mine as well. And I've also used mine around any number of campfires at beaches and lakes. And my G940 was my only axe from 1983-2000. As much as I love my Logan Teles, this guitar will always hold a special place in my heart and in my (meager) collection.

BTW, on the 6th of this month we had a house fire, that started on the back porch. When I first ran out of the house, I didn't think it was as bad as it was, and I didn't grab any of my guitars (my Hohner and my Logan Teles were each on their guitar stands in the living room). By the time I realized how bad it was, I also realized that it would be life-threatening to go back in for them. The great thing is, when the firefighters had contained (although not yet fully extinguished) the fire, the first of my material possessions to come out that front door were my Hohner and my Logans! Then they asked me about my other gear, and went back in and brought out my other two guitars and my amps! I remember thinking in that moment: "Okay, one of you guys has got to be a guitar player!"
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I have one of their steinberger copies, and I love it. Very much. I love steinbergers, copies only mind you, never even had a chance to sniff at least one of the original carbonfibre ones, and I think hohner makes the best copies of 'em.


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I’ve found very little reference to Hohner guitars in this forum, and often times when they are referred to, it is in either apologetic or deprecatory terms. In other words, owners seem to feel like they have to apologize for their instruments when they mention them, and comments by others often belittle the brand. I’ve read a couple of exceptions to this rule, but just a couple.

For the record, I am talking about their acoustic guitars, not their electrics (Tele copies a la “The Artist”). I’ve never played their electrics, but I have owned a Hohner acoustic for more than 26 years.

I have never felt as though I had to apologize for my Hohner G940, a very nice dreadnaught made (in Japan) from 1979 to 1985. Yes, I know that Hohner now seems to focus on entry level, not higher end, guitars. I have not played any of these, and so quality may very well have gone downhill.

But 25-30 years ago, things were different. The Hohner brand had some very good guitars made in Japan, and at that time an imported Japanese guitar was a quality item.

So, the reason for this thread is twofold: to see if there is any other Hohner love out there among my fellow TDPRIers; and to (hopefully) gain some respect for Hohner guitars, or at least for the higher end models of yesteryear.

Along this line, I will be posting pics and specs and my evaluation of my Hohner G940. But first, I want to pause, and see if any others will answer my question: is there any (other) Hohner love out there in TDPRI land?
Hey Larry, I've got a G910 which has a spruce top with beautiful flamed obancole back and sides. Oddly if you ask Hohner the G910 or G940 don't exist, only Hg940 or Hg910. They both exist as I also had a Hg905. I think they may have had more than one supplier. In any case these are amazing guitars and great secrets!! I recently had a friend over who's played for years, who was just floored by this Hohner. He said it was the best acoustic he'd ever heard. Then he went on to throw out some big names, Martin and Guild which were great but that Hohner is special. Now I'm not saying this guitar is better than the big names, but it definetly ain't no toy!
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i bet the MIJ Hohners are really nice guitars ... probably the same factory that made Martin Sigma guitars til they were made in Korea, where they were made by Samick ... Cort may have also made some Hohner MIK guitars ... the Steinbergers were Cort guitars, IIRC ...
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Hey Larry, I've got a G910 which has a spruce top with beautiful flamed obancole back and sides. Oddly if you ask Hohner the G910 or G940 don't exist, only Hg940 or Hg910. They both exist as I also had a Hg905. I think they may have had more than one supplier. In any case these are amazing guitars and great secrets!! I recently had a friend over who's played for years, who was just floored by this Hohner. He said it was the best acoustic he'd ever heard. Then he went on to throw out some big names, Martin and Guild which were great but that Hohner is special. Now I'm not saying this guitar is better than the big names, but it definetly ain't no toy!
Any chance you've got some pics of that G910 to post? This thread needs more pics!
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Hi Larry, sorry it took so long to get this done, but here are some pic's. I tried to get some detailed pic's too show the quality of these guitars. This is a G910, your G940 must have even more looks, being a higher model!! You'll have too show some close up's of that baby!!
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I had a older "Countryman" (I belive that is correct) which is a entry level model, that I picked up used for @ $50 when I was at a VERY low ebb $$ wise. It was a nice guitar & served me well. I sold it to a college student who frequented a local shop, & I still see it in the hands of other local students...
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P.S. The more I play mine (mine's a Tak, though,) the more I like "hogs".
Mines a Tak f390s (Guild lawsuit copy) Rosewood sides and back and spruce top, have played a Guild just like it and can't tell the difference. Some of these old guitars were made with good quality components. I would never sell mine, she's my baby!!!
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I used to sell Hohner guitars back in the late 70's and early 80's. I bought a couple of their "Arbor" series of solid wood instruments that were incredible! Wish I still had em! I bet they would have aged in a most wonderful way. They were beautiful instruments.
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Hi Larry, sorry it took so long to get this done, but here are some pic's. I tried to get some detailed pic's too show the quality of these guitars. This is a G910, your G940 must have even more looks, being a higher model!! You'll have too show some close up's of that baby!!
Wow! You weren't kidding about the "beautiful flamed obancole back and sides" on your G910. That back is just gorgeous! Is that fretboard a rosewood? Looks too light to be ebony, but maybe it's just the sunlight striking it a certain way. Thanks for the detailed/close ups.

And yeah, I should probably get some new pics taken of my G940. I'm playing out tonight, but maybe tomorrow I can get the wife's help in taking some good pics (my picture taking ability stinks).
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I had a MIK Hohner strat and a Hohner made in europe looking semi hollow bass with pick-ups that were Hagstrom-esque. It was all maple and fretless. Like a three way frankenstien of a Kustom, a Ric, and an Alembic. A sight to behold. It also made a dull thumping noise, as I recall.
Your dred looks like a blast. Those MIJ's of a certain age can sing.
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