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Any Hohner love out there in TDPRI land?

LGOberean
October 15th, 2009, 07:21 AM
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?

LGOberean
October 16th, 2009, 06:07 PM
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.
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/My_Guitars_-_some_of_them_-_and_me.jpg

An older pic, of me playing the Hohner for my grandson Corbin (he turned 8 on Wednesday).
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/Corbin_PaPaw2.jpg

My Hohner in action.
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/My_Hohner_G940.jpg

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).

P Thought
October 16th, 2009, 08:28 PM
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.

LGOberean
October 23rd, 2009, 07:31 PM
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.

P Thought
October 23rd, 2009, 07:56 PM
. . .Hohner owners (say that 5 times real fast). . . .

Thass funny!:lol:

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

HOBBSTER01
October 23rd, 2009, 09:10 PM
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll277/hobbster01_bucket/theprinz.jpg

LGOberean
October 24th, 2009, 12:48 AM
Thass funny!:lol:

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. :cry:)


This one is pretty cool:
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll277/hobbster01_bucket/theprinz.jpg

:confused:

Radspin
October 24th, 2009, 05:04 PM
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.

SansTele
May 21st, 2010, 01:45 AM
HeyLGO
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.
Cheers!

LGOberean
May 31st, 2010, 09:13 PM
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! :shock::grin: 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!" :lol:

lupowitz
June 1st, 2010, 01:56 PM
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.


http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/7/4/3/270743.jpg

kpb7669
July 1st, 2010, 10:52 PM
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!

rangercaster
July 1st, 2010, 11:26 PM
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 ...

LGOberean
July 2nd, 2010, 12:28 AM
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! :wink:

kpb7669
July 4th, 2010, 08:41 AM
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!!

Warm Gums
July 4th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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...

motwang
July 4th, 2010, 09:30 AM
Thass funny!:lol:

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!!!

BB
July 4th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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.

LGOberean
July 9th, 2010, 08:42 PM
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).

john kleeman
July 9th, 2010, 09:08 PM
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.

bridgepinSr.
July 28th, 2010, 03:39 PM
Hi Larry
Oh there's much love from this camp for the Hohner HG- and G- "900" Arbor Series guitars here's what I have out of the run I got my first the HG-920 in April 1980 from L to R HG-950,HG-940,G-930,HG-920,G-912

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/HohnerHGguitars001.jpg?t=1280345307

bridgepinSr.
July 28th, 2010, 03:48 PM
Here's a copy of the add. that ran in the guitar mags.

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/FzLD8MAYwmmlqJU.jpg?t=1280346453

bridgepinSr.
July 28th, 2010, 09:06 PM
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!!

Hi Kenny
How are my friend, Kenny I'm going to shoot you an Email about this I am posting some pic's of the inside of my Hohners tell me if you center strip look to be the same as one of these Thanks

David

bridgepinSr.
July 28th, 2010, 09:41 PM
Hi Larry
I'm posting a few pic's of the center strips of my Hohners I believe that you said that yours like my G-912

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/HohnerHGguitars011.jpg?t=1280365762

G-930

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/HohnerHGguitars010.jpg?t=1280365822

HG-920

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/HohnerHGguitars007.jpg?t=1280365877

Larry if your G-940 has the same center strip as my G-912 and you bought yours in 1983 new, well that is Good stuff cuz to me that means production stayed in Japan vs being moved to Korea

LGOberean
July 29th, 2010, 10:53 AM
Welcome to this thread, David (bridgepin). Your contributions to it are much appreciated; good info, great pics.

Yes, the center strip in my G-940 reads like your G-912, with the exception of the model #. I still want to take new pictures, but as I said before it'll be better if I wait for my wife's help in taking pics.

And yes, I did buy her new in the spring of 1983. So it would seem that throughout the run of this series of guitars, production stayed in Japan.

Don't have the time I'd like right now to chat, but I'll be back later.

LGOberean
August 1st, 2010, 11:36 PM
David, can you tell us how you acquired your vintage Hohner collection? I got that you picked up your first, the HG-920, 30 years ago. How about the others? Are they more recent acquisitions, or did you collect them over years time?

And where did you find them? I would like to find some of these old beauties myself. I've tried eBay, Craig's List, Music Go Round and Daddys.com, but I haven't had any luck as of yet finding any from the Arbor series.

And while I'm asking, would you please describe the differences between the models? From the pic of your Hohner family, it's hard to see any differences, but I'm sure there must be. For example, I know my G-940 has an ebony fretboard. Are the 930s and/or 920s equipped with Rosewood boards instead? Just what particular features differentiate the models?

guit30
August 3rd, 2010, 04:00 AM
Beautiful guitars
Jim

bridgepinSr.
August 3rd, 2010, 08:53 PM
Larry, There very hard to come by, I have been hunting these guitars for many years, I have used E-bay, Craigs list, and Google, I have been very lucky in the last 2 years I found the HG-950 last year on E-bay and in Feb. of this year I found the HG-940 on Craigs list, there has been some that have popped up on E-bay in the last 3 years 1, G-912 1, HG-912 in the UK 1, HG-910, 1,G-910 which is Kennys and 1, HG-920, but that has not been the norm so maybe they are going to be more I hope so.

Larry here is how the series run HG and G 905,905L (lefty) 910,912,920,930,940,950, I will give you the details tomorrow on the wood's I have to handle some other things tonight

jaygerr
August 4th, 2010, 02:25 PM
I suppose I can throw my Hohner G3T up here. :smile:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn181/jaygerr/pict0048.jpg

LGOberean
August 4th, 2010, 04:58 PM
I started this thread last October, and when I did, although I was indeed aware of some of the electric models Hohner has/have made, I was thinking more of acoustic Hohners. So I started the thread in the "Acoustic Heaven" sub-forum.

Well, we've had several references and a couple of pics of Hohner electrics, which is fine. But it makes me think there should be a Hohner Guitars Club thread in the "Guitar Owners Clubs" sub-forum for all models of Hohner guitars, acoustics, electrics, resonators and basses. The concept would be that this thread in the Acoustic Heaven area would continue to focus on acoustics, while the new thread would be for discussion of all Hohner guitars, and particularly bragging rights for owners of said Hohner guitars.

So what do you think of this idea? Would you support the idea of creating such a new thread, and bring your discussion, reviews and pics to a new thread? At least at first there would probably be a bit of redundancy between the two threads, but hopefully that would balance out once the new thread gets going.

Or do you think that the idea is too redundant, that there is not enough interest in Hohners to sustain two threads? If so, I am fine with continuing as is, and comments, questions, discussion and pics (gotta have pics) about electrics, basses, resonators are welcome here.

jaygerr
August 4th, 2010, 05:07 PM
Sounds like a plan. I didn't even realize that this was in Acoustic Heaven. Sorry about that.

cbtd
August 4th, 2010, 05:25 PM
I have an old L59. I replaced the electronics on it and added a Seymour Duncan Holy Grail to it. The guitar plays and sounds great and is built well. I keep playing LesPauls in my price range and I haven't really found one that plays as good (outside my price range is another story that takes place at Chicago Music Exchange).

LGOberean
August 4th, 2010, 06:01 PM
Sounds like a plan. I didn't even realize that this was in Acoustic Heaven. Sorry about that.

No apology necessary. Like I said, if the notion of another Hohner thread for owners in the Owners Clubs area doesn't resonate with everyone, I'll be happy to have any and all posts and pics here. "Hohner love in TDPRI land" can pretty much cover all models, can't it? :grin:

So what say the rest of you?

lupowitz
August 4th, 2010, 07:00 PM
I suppose I can throw my Hohner G3T up here. :smile:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn181/jaygerr/pict0048.jpg

Yes indeed, you surely can!
Is it stock?
Do you use it solely as a travel guitar, or it gets mileage beside that?

jaygerr
August 6th, 2010, 12:37 PM
Yes indeed, you surely can!
Is it stock?
Do you use it solely as a travel guitar, or it gets mileage beside that?

I pretty much keep around as a convenient portable guitar. I was keeping it in my bedroom or living room just as something to pick up quickly and play around with. The neck is really nice and comfortable. I have used it to record with, in the past. It does have a nice rock sound to it. I mainly play country, now, so it doesn't get used as much as it used to. :sad: It's now my only non-Tele electric. The pickups are not stock. They were replaced by the original owner. The neck pup is a Seymour Duncan. I want to say a Little 59(?) The bridge, I'm not so sure of. Maybe someone can help me out with that one.

lupowitz
August 6th, 2010, 05:56 PM
I pretty much keep around as a convenient portable guitar. I was keeping it in my bedroom or living room just as something to pick up quickly and play around with. The neck is really nice and comfortable. I have used it to record with, in the past. It does have a nice rock sound to it. I mainly play country, now, so it doesn't get used as much as it used to. :sad: It's now my only non-Tele electric. The pickups are not stock. They were replaced by the original owner. The neck pup is a Seymour Duncan. I want to say a Little 59(?) The bridge, I'm not so sure of. Maybe someone can help me out with that one.

It surely looks like one. I mean the pickup.
I, on the contrary, am a devoted Steiny player, telecasters only come as second. Mine is still stock, but getting ready to install a Chopper and a Tone Zone, and will get rid of the middle one. But need to maintain the R-trem first.

bridgepinSr.
August 8th, 2010, 10:17 AM
David, can you tell us how you acquired your vintage Hohner collection? I got that you picked up your first, the HG-920, 30 years ago. How about the others? Are they more recent acquisitions, or did you collect them over years time?

And where did you find them? I would like to find some of these old beauties myself. I've tried eBay, Craig's List, Music Go Round and Daddys.com, but I haven't had any luck as of yet finding any from the Arbor series.

And while I'm asking, would you please describe the differences between the models? From the pic of your Hohner family, it's hard to see any differences, but I'm sure there must be. For example, I know my G-940 has an ebony fretboard. Are the 930s and/or 920s equipped with Rosewood boards instead? Just what particular features differentiate the models?


Hi Larry

Here's the break down of the different models, all the guitars have solid close grained Spruce tops from Alaska or Canada, solid Honduras Mahogany necks, Maple bindings, each model has a different pattern, Maple position markers from the 905 to the 912 they use a dot shape and from the 920 up they used a diamond shape, Bone saddles and nuts, German Nickel Silver frets, Ebony bridge pins

Starting with the

950, Solid Rosewood B/S, Ebony finger board , Ebony bridge, Gold plated tuners

940, Solid Mahogany B/S, Ebony finger board, Rosewood bridge, Gold plated tuners

930, Makassa B/S Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge Gold plated tuners

920, Rosewood B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

912, (12 string) Obancole B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

910, Obancole B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

905, Mahogany B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

Larry, sorry it took so long for me to post this

LGOberean
August 8th, 2010, 02:40 PM
Hi Larry

Here's the break down of the different models, all the guitars have solid close grained Spruce tops from Alaska or Canada, solid Honduras Mahogany necks, Maple bindings, each model has a different pattern, Maple position markers from the 905 to the 912 they use a dot shape and from the 920 up they used a diamond shape, Bone saddles and nuts, German Nickel Silver frets, Ebony bridge pins

Starting with the

950, Solid Rosewood B/S, Ebony finger board , Ebony bridge, Gold plated tuners

940, Solid Mahogany B/S, Ebony finger board, Rosewood bridge, Gold plated tuners

930, Makassa B/S Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge Gold plated tuners

920, Rosewood B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

912, (12 string) Obancole B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

910, Obancole B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

905, Mahogany B/S, Rosewood finger board, Rosewood bridge, Chrome plated tuners

Larry, sorry it took so long for me to post this

No worries, David, it was worth the wait. Good info, thanks.

I am glad we are doing this, establishing a thread that can be an online resource for others about these grand old guitars.

LGOberean
August 8th, 2010, 03:06 PM
Some guy on YouTube w/ the username of "houseofcharm" has at least a couple of these old Arbor series guitars, an HG-905 and an HG-940. In his videos, a player named Eric Heffler plays and demonstrates his fingerstyle prowess and these Hohners. Here are a few of the videos that houseofcharm has on his "channel."

Eric Heffler going half the "Road Song" on a Hohner HG905
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Eric Heffler playing "Lover Come Back to Me" on a Hohner HG905, cracks and all.
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Eric Heffler plays Cannonball Rag on a Hohner HG-940 (w/ a split top :cry:).
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bridgepinSr.
August 8th, 2010, 03:42 PM
I have seen these videos, Eric is a good player, in all three videos he is playing a HG-905 if you look the position markers are a dot shape and there is no diamond shaped inlay on the bridge. Years back I tried to E-mail Eric about his guitar and see how he like it and talk about them ...... But I got no response ... that was long before I found these guitar forums :grin:

hapster
August 10th, 2010, 11:02 PM
I have a HG 940 but I cannot find a stamped K nor can I find a Made in Japan. But I do know I love playing this thing- it speaks really nice- too bad I don't do it justice. I got it from my mom after her husband died (it was his and his good guitar was an old Gibson) that went to his son. I have no idea how long he had the Hohner but I am lucky to have it. It has two very small splits on the back, other wise it is in perfect shape. I will post pics in the near future

bridgepinSr.
August 11th, 2010, 06:29 PM
I have a HG 940 but I cannot find a stamped K nor can I find a Made in Japan. But I do know I love playing this thing- it speaks really nice- too bad I don't do it justice. I got it from my mom after her husband died (it was his and his good guitar was an old Gibson) that went to his son. I have no idea how long he had the Hohner but I am lucky to have it. It has two very small splits on the back, other wise it is in perfect shape. I will post pics in the near future

Hi Hapster

I look forward to seeing your pictures, hapster you should find the (K) on the neck block, I would get the 2 splits fixed ASAP by a good luthier you have to watch the humidity levels in your home those are solid back and sides guitars, I like to keep my guitars between 45% to 55% here's a good link about reading your guitar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43sbE9n7zv4

I'm glad to see another Fellow Hohner HG-G- 900 Arbor series guitar fan :smile:

David

LGOberean
August 16th, 2010, 12:06 PM
Question for David or anyone else in the know:

Do any of the models in the Arbor series have laminate back & sides? Specifically the HG 930, which according to one description I've seen has "laminated Jacaranda back and sides." I thought that the models in the Arbor series were all solid wood.

bridgepinSr.
August 16th, 2010, 09:10 PM
Hi Larry

I have two sets of documents on the HG-920 and HG-930 which both came straight from Hohner (HSS) Fax to me in 1998 (1st) the second in 2000 the first says that they are solid select back and sides, the second says that they are select B/S.... Now looking inside the HG-920 the high lights in the wood seem to match with the outside both back and sides, now with the G-930 the back looks to match up with wood grain and high lights but the side are definitely laminated also the HG-920 doesn't have the strips of green fabric and wood bracing on the sides like the HG-940 and the HG-950 so did they not sand the 920 down as much as the 940 and 950 so not to use the strips? I don't know. but to me it looks to be solid B/S. The wood used for the back and side on the 930 is Makassa. As for all of the Arbor series guitars being all solid B/S no the only ones that were solid B/S all the way through the run from 78 to 85 are the 940,950 models, the all wood guitars refer to that there is no plastic used, all position markers and bindings are wood the only thing that is plastic is the pick guard hope this helps Larry

David

LGOberean
August 17th, 2010, 01:31 AM
Actually, yes, it does help, David. Thanks.

Rockin Gramps
September 22nd, 2010, 08:03 PM
Just wanting to continue this thread since there's little to no information about the Hohner Arbor Wood Series acoustic guitars on the internet. I was fortunate to come across a G-912 up for auction on the Goodwill online auction site a couple weeks back. I was the lucky winner of this fine guitar with a great old hard case, vintage hippie strap, couple old picks, etc.,. I won both/all for $216.22 a great bargain I thought. With shipping from Tacoma to Colorado Springs the total was $257 and change. I thought I stole this guitar for that. It needed a little love and care in the cleaning department, the frets needed to be polished, and of course a new set of strings was needed. Once all was in order and tuned up I played all the opening 12 string set / songs from Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Live Rust" and then a rendition of Meatloaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Lights...ah the sweet sound of this fine instrument just makes one want to play on an on an on. Needless to say I'm very pleased and proud to now be part of the Hohner guitar family. RG

By the way Larry, I love your quote from Bob Bennett, that's a great song of his, the whole club setting/feel. I have/love all his work. I've searched high an low hoping to find a Bob Bennett songbook to no avail. I've got some comuplation Christian songbooks that have a few of his songs. He'd sent me an mp3 disc a couple years back that he sends out only to friend/family he calls it the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly it's like 128 of his songs released / unreleased versions a real treat to own.

guit30
September 23rd, 2010, 06:47 PM
I am interested in a Hohner Parlor on MF for 249, called Hohner essential, solid spruce top. One detailed review
JIm

LGOberean
September 23rd, 2010, 07:21 PM
Just wanting to continue this thread since there's little to no information about the Hohner Arbor Wood Series acoustic guitars on the internet. I was fortunate to come across a G-912 up for auction on the Goodwill online auction site a couple weeks back. I was the lucky winner of this fine guitar with a great old hard case, vintage hippie strap, couple old picks, etc.,. I won both/all for $216.22 a great bargain I thought. With shipping from Tacoma to Colorado Springs the total was $257 and change. I thought I stole this guitar for that. It needed a little love and care in the cleaning department, the frets needed to be polished, and of course a new set of strings was needed. Once all was in order and tuned up I played all the opening 12 string set / songs from Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Live Rust" and then a rendition of Meatloaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Lights...ah the sweet sound of this fine instrument just makes one want to play on an on an on. Needless to say I'm very pleased and proud to now be part of the Hohner guitar family. RG

By the way Larry, I love your quote from Bob Bennett, that's a great song of his, the whole club setting/feel. I have/love all his work. I've searched high an low hoping to find a Bob Bennett songbook to no avail. I've got some comuplation Christian songbooks that have a few of his songs. He'd sent me an mp3 disc a couple years back that he sends out only to friend/family he calls it the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly it's like 128 of his songs released / unreleased versions a real treat to own.

Thanks RG (Michael, is it?) for that post. And congratulations on that score of a G-912. I sure would like to see it. If you can, please post some pics.

BTW, the Rockin Gramps moniker: I assume that means you are a grandfather. How many grandkids? My wife and I have 12, 6 boys & 6 girls, ages 14 down to 3. Mine call me PawPaw.

Yeah, that Bob Bennett quote just kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it? As fun as playing and performing can be, if there's nothing else in life, it can feel empty at the end of the day. I also love the lines following those I quote in my signature:

Seeking a cheap imitation
Valentino tries vainly to score
But it's 45 on and 15 off
There's just got to be something more

I really enjoy everything about his music: the writing, his voice, his guitar work.

Ron C
September 24th, 2010, 08:06 AM
Great thread...those old Hohner acoustics look and sound great. Does anyone know if they produced any short scale (24.75" or 24.9") models?

LGOberean
September 26th, 2010, 03:33 PM
Hohner has produced and does produce student guitars and half sized classicals. I would assume that those models have shorter scale necks. As for models in Hohner's new Essential series, they all have a 25.5 scale. As for other models, then or now, the website doesn't list that detail in the specs on their late model guitars, but it looks like they consistently have a 25.5 scale.

TeleDrifter
September 26th, 2010, 04:34 PM
I bought a great one at Goodwill that only needed a new nut & Saddle. Love it. A buddy of mine in Tucson has a really sweet Hohner but for some reason had to have a Takimine. His Hohner is so much sweeter sounding. I tried to tell him to trust his ears...

Anchoret
September 26th, 2010, 11:28 PM
Have one of these:

http://drjemini.com/JohnPhotos/weeterbass.jpg

I think it's just a slag Samick (remember them?) contract build for Hohner from the early '90s and it needs some bridge shaving to compensate for expected top warpage (seemingly stable now after nearly twenty years), but there's a lot of meat there for just that purpose, so that's jake.

I got it used purely because of the look for a hip alt.country act it looked like I was going to be gigging with, but that fell through and I've never used it or given it the bench time it needs to get back in the pink. The cat seems to like it more than I did. The whole ABG concept is essentially just a sight gag, as far as I can see.

The biggest hassle was that it was LONG and there was just no finding a bag that would fit it.

A few months ago, I found some closeout Luna AGB bags on Amazon dirt cheap, like $12.11 or something, so I chased around on the web until I found the dimensions of the Luna ABGs for which these were made and they were almost identical to the Hohner's. I ordered the bag and it fits about perfectly and is a very nice bag! For twelve bucks and change, I can live with "Luna" embroidered on it.

TheInvisibleMan
September 27th, 2010, 12:06 AM
My first bass was a Hohner acoustic bass.
Love that bass so much.

SIDENOTE:
Are all cats obsessed with guitars?
My cat is ALWAYS sniffing my bass'/guitars, and she keeps sitting on the Tele i'm building atm?
COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC I know and i'm sorry, but the above post kinda got me curious.

Anchoret
September 27th, 2010, 12:17 AM
SIDENOTE:
Are all cats obsessed with guitars?
My cat is ALWAYS sniffing my bass'/guitars, and she keeps sitting on the Tele i'm building atm?
COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC I know and i'm sorry, but the above post kinda got me curious.
She was in heat at the time and was sniffing everything.

Stuco
September 27th, 2010, 12:48 AM
I really like the styling of those older sold wood hohners you guys have posted. Cool headstock decal, beautiful wood, cool binding, inlays etc. I'd like to get my hands on one someday.

Rockin Gramps
September 27th, 2010, 02:25 PM
Thanks RG (Michael, is it?) for that post. And congratulations on that score of a G-912. I sure would like to see it. If you can, please post some pics.

BTW, the Rockin Gramps moniker: I assume that means you are a grandfather. How many grandkids? My wife and I have 12, 6 boys & 6 girls, ages 14 down to 3. Mine call me PawPaw.

Yeah, that Bob Bennett quote just kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it? As fun as playing and performing can be, if there's nothing else in life, it can feel empty at the end of the day. I also love the lines following those I quote in my signature:

Seeking a cheap imitation
Valentino tries vainly to score
But it's 45 on and 15 off
There's just got to be something more

I really enjoy everything about his music: the writing, his voice, his guitar work.

Yea it's Michael. I use my alias Rockin Gramps on mysapce, facebook, ebay. etc., I know a few years ago when I met Alice Cooper he got a kick out of it when I had him sign a few things.

As for grandkids, we have 4, 2 boys, 2 girls with a 5th (boy) on the way...life is good!

So I took a few pictures of the G-912 guitar today and now just gotta figure out how to attach them here. ah, looks simple enough....here goes.

The tone and volume of this guitar is exceptional, I played a couple different high dollar guitars in the several shops here in town, they didn't come close. I'm am a proud owner of this beauty!

Rockin Gramps
September 27th, 2010, 02:29 PM
I really like the styling of those older sold wood hohners you guys have posted. Cool headstock decal, beautiful wood, cool binding, inlays etc. I'd like to get my hands on one someday.

The headstock Hohner logo is actually inlaid wood (cedar I think) and not a decal, another fine touch to these great instruments.

bridgepinSr.
September 27th, 2010, 10:09 PM
The headstock Hohner logo is actually inlaid wood (cedar I think) and not a decal, another fine touch to these great instruments.


Rockin Gramps congratulations on your G-912 they are great sounding 12 strings ( I have one myself ) R.G. the wood that was used for your position markers, bindings and the head stock logo is Maple. The same holds true on all of the HG and G (900) Arbor series guitars

PIMA in Pima
October 3rd, 2010, 02:04 PM
Honestly, LGOberean, you should be ashamed of yourself. Stirring up all this Hohner HG talk. You're going to drive up prices, for cryin' out loud. Gonna wreck my long-time fantasies of stumbling onto Hohner HG closet finds.
I bought my HG910 new. I was naive. The salesman said it sounded as good as a Martin D28, but was only $300. It looked nice, so I took it home. Took me a few more years of ear development to fully realize that the salesman was right on. It has followed me through decades of personal change. Pry it from my cold dead hands. Pics or it didn't happen, so I'll try attachments!

bridgepinSr.
October 3rd, 2010, 09:49 PM
Honestly, LGOberean, you should be ashamed of yourself. Stirring up all this Hohner HG talk. You're going to drive up prices, for cryin' out loud. Gonna wreck my long-time fantasies of stumbling onto Hohner HG closet finds.
I bought my HG910 new. I was naive. The salesman said it sounded as good as a Martin D28, but was only $300. It looked nice, so I took it home. Took me a few more years of ear development to fully realize that the salesman was right on. It has followed me through decades of personal change. Pry it from my cold dead hands. Pics or it didn't happen, so I'll try attachments!

Hi PIMI

Nice guitar, I'm an big fan of the Hohner Arbor series, PIMI I am trying to do a test to see if the # on the center stip of the guitar represents a build date I wondering I you would help me if you know the year you bought your guitar and look at the # on the center strip I believe the the 1st number represents the year it was built 2 is the month 3,4,5 is the number in the run so if you look at my HG-920 on the 1st page you will see that the #is 93525 which I believe to built in 1979 in the month of March and is 525 in the production run I hope that you will help there very little info on these guitars and they are great in my book..... thanks for your time PIMI.. Oh I bought my HG-920 used in April of 1980 thanks again :smile:

PIMA in Pima
October 6th, 2010, 02:10 AM
Wow, having a tough time remembering when I bought the guitar. No documentation. The number is 05147. The neck number is 621155 with K under it. I know I bought it shortly after the store received it. It was a year or more after I got a new Hamer Special in cherry flame, and I've seen that listed as a 1981 or later color. Could the Hohner have been somewhere in the line of distribution for two years before I got it new?

LGOberean
October 6th, 2010, 03:04 PM
Hey, guys, does anyone here have some firsthand knowledge of newer Hohner models, specifically the Hohner DR550CE?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002002_kl_DR550CE.jpg

The specs look good: solid cedar top; solid rosewood back & sides; mahogany neck; ebony fretboard (and ebony bridge); Fishman electronics (Sonocore pickup & Classic 4T preamp system w/ internal mic & built-in tuner). The location of the preamp controls is kind of iffy, but otherwise this looks good.

The most important thing to me about this current model is that the neck plays like my old G-940. The neck on my old faithful just feels great in my hand, and plays like butter. So if the build quality is close to the beautiful Arbor series guitars and the playability is there, then the DR550CE would be a great deal.

So I ask again: anyone have any experience with the newer Hohner models, particularly the DR550CE?

studedude56
October 15th, 2010, 11:54 PM
Hey guys,

New to the forum today but longtime Hohner owner. I bought my HG-930 in 1988 used from a family of musicians in Yoncalla Oregon that gigged everywhere named the Booher family. I had a choice between an old Martin and the Hohner. The Hohner was $200, while the Martin was $500 and I was a college student. Need I say more? I almost sold my Hohner a few times through the years and am ecstatic to still have it. It is in fabulous condition. The guy at the Guitar Center in Tacoma played it and said it was solid wood throughout s/b and top of course. Said it sounded as good as any D28 he had played. So glad I kept it. Can't find the Japan/Korea marks you fellas talk about. The sound of this guitar is so rich and warm. I love it. How come these amazing instruments are so underappreciated/disrespected? I haven't been able to learn a thing about these instruments (arbor wood series) until now. Wow! Glad you guys came along! Blessings! Matt

kpb7669
October 16th, 2010, 11:57 AM
Hey Matt, Congrats on your 930! These are awsome guitars indeed!! I've researched these guitars a ton. They were all Japanese made. The thing that was throwing people off is a K stamped under the serial number. This K stands for Kuramea, Japan not Korea. The K serials are Terada made others were Fujigen. I don't know if all Terada have the K or not. This K shows up on Martin Sigma, Martin Goya, Terada, Washburns and more!
Check out Bridgepins breakdown on the Arbor Series. They list only the 940 and 950 as all solid wood. The grain would match exactly inside in out for solid. I've found the Japanese used very good laminates that fool most because thay can look very close. This isn't to say yours is not some solid one that slipped through the cracks, just to say even GC employees aren't always experts.
With that said, I've read articles saying the lawsuits were more to do about the Japanese making guitars with laminate back and sides that sounded as good and sometimes better than the big name American companies at the time. This doubled there stock of tonewood. So rather than fight them the American companys joined them. The same thing happened with cars! Without competition quality can suffer. I say this because I here all this solid vs laminate talk. I go with craftmanship over solid wood all day long. I've had laminate top Japanese guitars that sound great and solid tops that were just dreadful!!
BYW! I sold an all solid American acoustic (which was great!) but didn't compete with my laminate back and side 910. I'm sure best though are the smaller shop guitars such as Collings or Santa cruz.
Thanks Kenny

kpb7669
October 16th, 2010, 12:04 PM
Hey Matt, Congrats on your 930! These are awsome guitars indeed!! I've researched these guitars a ton. They were all Japanese made. The thing that was throwing people off is a K stamped under the serial number. This K stands for Kuramea, Japan not Korea. The K serials are Terada made others were Fujigen. I don't know if all Terada have the K or not. This K shows up on Martin Sigma, Martin Goya, Terada, Washburns and more!
Check out Bridgepins breakdown on the Arbor Series. They list only the 940 and 950 as all solid wood. The grain would match exactly inside in out for solid. I've found the Japanese used very good laminates that fool most because thay can look very close. This isn't to say yours is not some solid one that slipped through the cracks, just to say even GC employees aren't always experts.
With that said, I've read articles saying the lawsuits were more to do about the Japanese making guitars with laminate back and sides that sounded as good and sometimes better than the big name American companies at the time. This doubled there stock of tonewood. So rather than fight them the American companys joined them. The same thing happened with cars! Without competition quality can suffer. I say this because I here all this solid vs laminate talk. I go with craftmanship over solid wood all day long. I've had laminate top Japanese guitars that sound great and solid tops that were just dreadful!!
BYW! I sold an all solid American acoustic (which was great!) but didn't compete with my laminate back and side 910. I'm sure best though are the smaller shop guitars such as Collings or Santa cruz.
Thanks Kenny

bridgepinSr.
October 16th, 2010, 10:39 PM
Wow, having a tough time remembering when I bought the guitar. No documentation. The number is 05147. The neck number is 621155 with K under it. I know I bought it shortly after the store received it. It was a year or more after I got a new Hamer Special in cherry flame, and I've seen that listed as a 1981 or later color. Could the Hohner have been somewhere in the line of distribution for two years before I got it new?

Hi PIMA
I can't say for sure, I have read that they didn't sell well and that they sat in warehouses :?: I do know that they were hard to find even when they were in production, I picked up my HG-920 used in April of 1980 and I tried to find more of the Hohner HG 900 Arbor series guitars with no luck, at the time I lived in CA. and I would travel from southern Ca to northern Ca to vist my wifes family and I would hit every guitar shop I could along the way but never ran into another one, thanks to the internet I have been able to find them :grin: but it has many taken years of hunting

bridgepinSr.
October 16th, 2010, 10:41 PM
Hey, guys, does anyone here have some firsthand knowledge of newer Hohner models, specifically the Hohner DR550CE?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002002_kl_DR550CE.jpg

The specs look good: solid cedar top; solid rosewood back & sides; mahogany neck; ebony fretboard (and ebony bridge); Fishman electronics (Sonocore pickup & Classic 4T preamp system w/ internal mic & built-in tuner). The location of the preamp controls is kind of iffy, but otherwise this looks good.

The most important thing to me about this current model is that the neck plays like my old G-940. The neck on my old faithful just feels great in my hand, and plays like butter. So if the build quality is close to the beautiful Arbor series guitars and the playability is there, then the DR550CE would be a great deal.

So I ask again: anyone have any experience with the newer Hohner models, particularly the DR550CE?

Sorry Larry I know Nada

longbow
October 17th, 2010, 08:04 AM
I own a I think it is called a DL550 or 500 or something along that line. It is lacewood with a super thin high polish finish. I also owned a few yrs ago a L59 Pro LP copy in mahogany. BEST LP I have owned to date. Wished I never traded it for a MIM Strat, but live and learn.

The dreadnaught I own currently is a really nice acoustic with super low action. Lowest of any acoustic guitar I have ever owned including my wife's old G37 from 74. I think it is a G37. It has no fret buzz but it is not a bright sounding guitar, has a nice deep voice, and the mid's are nice too. Bright it is not. Extremely well made, with excellent glue lines and scalloping too.

This guitar was one of several that were used in advertising brochure's for Hohner. So that is kind of cool to have one of these. Bone nut and bone saddle and a nice bridge. Just a very well made guitar. thanks

LGOberean
October 17th, 2010, 11:26 PM
Longbow, that was a very helpful post. Thanks for that. Of Hohner's current models, the 500s are the top models currently produced. Although I'm looking at the DR (D=Dreadnaught, R=Rosewood?) series, I would assume that the build quality and action of Hohner's DR 500s are at least a match for their Lacewood dreadnaughts.

I've been looking for another G- (or HG-) 940, or even a 950, but I've had no luck. So I was hoping that the necks on current Hohner models would play like my old G-940. Your description of your Lacewood as having "super low action" and "no fret buzz" could easily be said of my Hohner as well. And as I said before, the neck on mine just feels great in my hand, and plays like butter.

Is your Lacewood the acoustic/electric with the cutaway (Hohner DL500CE)? If you can, some pics would be great.

bridgepinSr.
November 20th, 2010, 12:17 PM
Well I guess this is just a friendly little bump to see if anyone has any luck on finding any of the HG or G series Hohner's. I myself have really tapered back ( just no time ) I haven't even played any of my guitars for over a month, I am now in the process of moving from the East coast to the West coast. My wife wants to be closer to her family, man I can't believe how much stuff I have collected over the years. Well I have to get back to sorting though all this Stuff and packing so just a little hi to all


David

LGOberean
November 22nd, 2010, 01:53 AM
Hi, David. To date, I've had no luck finding any of the HG or G series Hohners. But I'll keep looking.

Hmmm...you haven't played in over a month, and your moving and bemoaning the accumulation of "stuff." Any chance you're gonna thin the herd before you move across the nation? :mrgreen: :twisted:

Just kidding...sort of. :wink:

bridgepinSr.
November 24th, 2010, 11:49 AM
Hi Larry

LOL no not yet, I have thought about though, but I'm not ready to make that step. I'm going to ease back on my work load and take time to smell the rose's as they say and get back to playing more. At least that is the game plan. If I come across a Hohner Arbor HG or G I will send you a PM, I have put my GAS in check for now :smile:

SatelliteOrders
November 24th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Never played a Hohner Tele myself, but one of my faves does.

"Purple Rain, Purple Rain...."

Gareth John
November 24th, 2010, 06:15 PM
I picked up a Hohner Gruhn design. It's either a small jumbo or an OM, not sure when it comes to sizes. It's without a doubt the best acoustic guitar I have ever played. It only cost me £20. I got it from a secondhand shop, it was covered in gunk and dust but cleaned up nicely, and sounds perfect. Best intonation on an acoustic I've ever heard, extremely good sound. From what little there is on the net I think it's from the early 90's when Hohner wanted to go upmarket. It has a solid top and from what I gather solid back and sides. It's a truly great instrument. I bought it as a knock around but now it never leaves the house.

LGOberean
November 25th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Hmmm...£20. So that's like $30 and change in my currency, I think. If that has solid top and back & sides, that's quite a score. Do you have any pics of this one?

JosephB
November 25th, 2010, 12:51 PM
75 posts and no mention of Prince's Hohner love?

this is a beut!

http://www.virginmedia.com/images/prince-gal-alma2007.jpg

http://www.photopix.ch/guitar/images/stories/84hohner.jpg

LGOberean
November 25th, 2010, 02:00 PM
I'm not a fan, so I never even think of him playing that Tele-styled Hohner.

Plus, when I started this thread, I was thinking of acoustics primarily. That's why I started this thread in the Acoustic Heaven section. I thought of starting a "Hohner owner" club thread in the Owners' Club section for Hohners acoustic and electric, but never got around to doing it. So, Hohner electrics are welcome here. I just don't usually think of them.

Oh, and to each his own, of course, but I wouldn't call that guitar a "beaut". It's not bad, but I don't personally care for that bridge. And didn't subsequent (current?) models have some weird looking headstock?

Gareth John
November 25th, 2010, 02:56 PM
I haven't got any pics of it at all, but I'll try to get some taken over the weekend. £20 sounds daft I know but when I saw the guitar I actually tried to talk them down as I suspected it was unplayable the amout of dust and gunk on the thing. I had to use soap and water and was suprised once I got it cleaned and strung up. There is a little bit on the net about these Hohner Gruhn design guitars and one or two pics of similar guitars.

pfflam
December 23rd, 2010, 04:50 AM
I have an HG-26 (it might read 28)
My wife bought it at a garage sale for $25

This is made in Korea, but it seems high quality - it has a split back with three pieces wood: what looks like Mahogany or Cherry, on either side of flamed Maple in a V -small end at neck big at bottom, with some fancy purfling.
The top seems to be solid Spruce.

But the real story is the SOUND!
I have played this guitar against many GREAT guitars and it clearly outshone them, in one case a 1952 Martin - I mean this Hohner sounds huge!
and a deep resonant tone with full range.

I can't help but think it is a high-end Korean model- but its probably just a really good sounding cheapy - I sure can not find any info on it when I search

pickersomeday
December 24th, 2010, 11:34 AM
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.
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/My_Guitars_-_some_of_them_-_and_me.jpg

An older pic, of me playing the Hohner for my grandson Corbin (he turned 8 on Wednesday).
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/Corbin_PaPaw2.jpg

My Hohner in action.
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/My_Hohner_G940.jpg

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).

I'm new to this site, so I'm not real sure I am sending this message correctly, If so just wanted to let you guys know I'm a fan of Hohner Acoustic Guitars, I have a G-905 and I have been playing it for years the sound just keeps getting better, I actually play in a band here in Dallas and the Hohner is by far my favorite guitar to play, I have added a pickup and it really sounds good through my amp or the PA but I"m curious to know what this guitar would appraise for or something close, I'm not selling it just would like to know, or where I can find that kind of info. My father owned a Music Store in Sherman Texas back in the early 80's and he came across this guitar then, ......The guitar looks almost identical to your G940 as soon as I figure out what I'm doing on here I'll post some pictures......Anyway nice to know I'm not the only person out there that's playing and Hohner Acoustic Guitar and proud of it, they have been given some really bad hype on other sites.

pickersomeday
December 24th, 2010, 12:11 PM
It's really nice to see someone else playing/enjoying the G-905, I have one and there is very little information online about this guitar, I didn't know about the position markers being dots the changing to diamonds on later models, that's some interesting information, does anyone here know anything about the value of these guitars?

jimtone
January 9th, 2011, 02:27 AM
This is my first post here, and I just bought an HG320 Hohner after years of searching for one. I was really hoping to find an HG310, but this was my second hope. A friend had an HG310 back in the late 70's but sold it in 82', and I've been wanting one since Ebay arrived on the net. I'd like to find out everything there is about this HG320 since I don't know how to date them? It sounds like some of you guys really know about these hand made for Hohner models, and I'd like to find out all I can. Thanks for any help you can give. Jimi

QZephyr
January 18th, 2011, 10:24 PM
Hey, guys, does anyone here have some firsthand knowledge of newer Hohner models, specifically the Hohner DR550CE?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002002_kl_DR550CE.jpg

The specs look good: solid cedar top; solid rosewood back & sides; mahogany neck; ebony fretboard (and ebony bridge); Fishman electronics (Sonocore pickup & Classic 4T preamp system w/ internal mic & built-in tuner). The location of the preamp controls is kind of iffy, but otherwise this looks good.

The most important thing to me about this current model is that the neck plays like my old G-940. The neck on my old faithful just feels great in my hand, and plays like butter. So if the build quality is close to the beautiful Arbor series guitars and the playability is there, then the DR550CE would be a great deal.

So I ask again: anyone have any experience with the newer Hohner models, particularly the DR550CE?

Hey Larry, I'm in the process of having a new DR550CE shipped to me. I should receive it 1/20. This is the current top of the line acoustic from Hohner. Retail is around $900. If I told you what I paid, you'll fall of your chair. This will be my third Hohner from this dealer. I have The Eclipse 800 which is Hohners version of Ovation's roundback but made with an interlaced wood back and 6 different soundholes mimicking eclipses. I also have an MR800 electric which was one of their top offerings. Both are excellent craftmanship. Let me know if you may value my opinion on this when it arrives and I can get you one new and cheap from a dealer.

LGOberean
January 19th, 2011, 04:51 PM
This is my first post here, and I just bought an HG320 Hohner after years of searching for one. I was really hoping to find an HG310, but this was my second hope. A friend had an HG310 back in the late 70's but sold it in 82', and I've been wanting one since Ebay arrived on the net. I'd like to find out everything there is about this HG320 since I don't know how to date them? It sounds like some of you guys really know about these hand made for Hohner models, and I'd like to find out all I can. Thanks for any help you can give. Jimi

Hi, Jimi. (BTW, sorry I didn't reply to your PM. :oops: Long story.) Anyway, I'm not the most knowledgeable here about various Hohner models, or the factories from whence they came. I know my G-940, but I've not played any other Hohners.

Offhand, I would say that TDPRI member bridgepinSr (David) is the most knowledgeable. He personally owns as many (if not more) Hohner models than anyone I've seen, and he's done a lot of tracking of the history of the Arbor series guitars.

Thanks for posting here. Glad to have you aboard. As you find more info on your (or any other) model, please post it here as well. I'd like this to be a helpful repository of Hohner information.

LGOberean
January 19th, 2011, 04:59 PM
Hey Larry, I'm in the process of having a new DR550CE shipped to me. I should receive it 1/20. This is the current top of the line acoustic from Hohner. Retail is around $900. If I told you what I paid, you'll fall of your chair. This will be my third Hohner from this dealer. I have The Eclipse 800 which is Hohners version of Ovation's roundback but made with an interlaced wood back and 6 different soundholes mimicking eclipses. I also have an MR800 electric which was one of their top offerings. Both are excellent craftmanship. Let me know if you may value my opinion on this when it arrives and I can get you one new and cheap from a dealer.

Thanks for posting, QZephyr. I'm really excited to be in touch with someone who has (or soon will have) a DR550CE. I'd like to get your assessment, when it comes in and after you've had some time with it. Looking forward to a review, and maybe we can talk later about where you're getting your good deals.

QZephyr
January 19th, 2011, 06:17 PM
Thanks for posting, QZephyr. I'm really excited to be in touch with someone who has (or soon will have) a DR550CE. I'd like to get your assessment, when it comes in and after you've had some time with it. Looking forward to a review, and maybe we can talk later about where you're getting your good deals.

When I saw your post was a couple months old I though you may have made a decision. I'm excited about getting this one. I'm receiving 3 guitars for myself and 2 friends. We saved nearly $2000 off retail. Of course nobody should ever pay retail. The reason I'm impressed with the new Hohners is because they're not using their name to get more money, that's what the harmonicas are for. The craftsmanship and quality woods and parts are top notch. It's hard to believe these could come from China because we see so much of their crap at Walmart we forget they can make anything the way you ask. Hohner has asked and they delivered. My friend is getting a new Hohner Ovangkol EA65CEQ A/E for $150 (last one). Mine is $365 with hard case (not a Hohner case) worth around $1000. I should be able to get that for you. Tomorrow I'll post my initial reaction and we'll go from there.

Matt

QZephyr
January 20th, 2011, 11:11 PM
When I saw your post was a couple months old I though you may have made a decision. I'm excited about getting this one. I'm receiving 3 guitars for myself and 2 friends. We saved nearly $2000 off retail. Of course nobody should ever pay retail. The reason I'm impressed with the new Hohners is because they're not using their name to get more money, that's what the harmonicas are for. The craftsmanship and quality woods and parts are top notch. It's hard to believe these could come from China because we see so much of their crap at Walmart we forget they can make anything the way you ask. Hohner has asked and they delivered. My friend is getting a new Hohner Ovangkol EA65CEQ A/E for $150 (last one). Mine is $365 with hard case (not a Hohner case) worth around $1000. I should be able to get that for you. Tomorrow I'll post my initial reaction and we'll go from there.

Matt

The guitar is very nice, well built, nice finish (satin). It was shipped in a cold climate so I didn't mess with it today. I brought it to my basement first for a few hours. It came from a 14 degree day, so I want to slowly bring it to room temp. I'm also not a very good player but a friend of mine is going to assess it currently for us as I have a sprung left index finger. I did however strum it slightly, just because, and it sounded very good. I bought a case that I would say is new but blemmed (who cares)but very durable. At this staged, I'm impressed. Oh and the Chinese didn't deliver, the Indonesians did. If there is something peticular you want to know, I'll watch for you to post. Also I would be on here Friday evening. Matt

LGOberean
January 21st, 2011, 03:39 AM
Thanks, Matt, for your posts here. No I haven't made a decision yet, beyond the decision to get information about this late model Hohner. The reason I'm moving slowly on this is we had a house fire May 6th of last year, and for 8 months have been living in our garage apartment while rebuilding the house. The insurance company has been making us jump through hoops to get money, so we've done a lot out of pocket with the hope of eventually getting reimbursed. So as a result, in those last 8 months the only musical gear I've bought is guitar strings and picks.

But it sounds like you have a deal that may just be too good to pass up. A Hohner DR550CE, solid woods guitar with a hardshell case (even if blemmed) for $365?!? WOW!!! That's so cheap it sounds like one of those "to good to be true" deals. Man, the timing isn't great for me to buy another guitar right now, but I may just have to talk to the wife about this one.

Matt, is there any chance you can get some pics up with your next post? I sure would like to see something other than the stock photo of this guitar...and of the hardshell case. Thanks for the report on the build quality and the appearance. I look forward to your next report giving your friend's assessment.

QZephyr
January 21st, 2011, 10:18 PM
Thanks, Matt, for your posts here. No I haven't made a decision yet, beyond the decision to get information about this late model Hohner. The reason I'm moving slowly on this is we had a house fire May 6th of last year, and for 8 months have been living in our garage apartment while rebuilding the house. The insurance company has been making us jump through hoops to get money, so we've done a lot out of pocket with the hope of eventually getting reimbursed. So as a result, in those last 8 months the only musical gear I've bought is guitar strings and picks.

But it sounds like you have a deal that may just be too good to pass up. A Hohner DR550CE, solid woods guitar with a hardshell case (even if blemmed) for $365?!? WOW!!! That's so cheap it sounds like one of those "to good to be true" deals. Man, the timing isn't great for me to buy another guitar right now, but I may just have to talk to the wife about this one.

Matt, is there any chance you can get some pics up with your next post? I sure would like to see something other than the stock photo of this guitar...and of the hardshell case. Thanks for the report on the build quality and the appearance. I look forward to your next report giving your friend's assessment.

I can't find the link to add albums so I can upload pics. I read the FAQ and got the info but there's no link to create the album. I sent an email to ask what I'm doing wrong. By the way I delived my friends guitars lastnight and today and they're excellent.
Matt

QZephyr
January 22nd, 2011, 11:48 PM
Thanks, Matt, for your posts here. No I haven't made a decision yet, beyond the decision to get information about this late model Hohner. The reason I'm moving slowly on this is we had a house fire May 6th of last year, and for 8 months have been living in our garage apartment while rebuilding the house. The insurance company has been making us jump through hoops to get money, so we've done a lot out of pocket with the hope of eventually getting reimbursed. So as a result, in those last 8 months the only musical gear I've bought is guitar strings and picks.

But it sounds like you have a deal that may just be too good to pass up. A Hohner DR550CE, solid woods guitar with a hardshell case (even if blemmed) for $365?!? WOW!!! That's so cheap it sounds like one of those "to good to be true" deals. Man, the timing isn't great for me to buy another guitar right now, but I may just have to talk to the wife about this one.

Matt, is there any chance you can get some pics up with your next post? I sure would like to see something other than the stock photo of this guitar...and of the hardshell case. Thanks for the report on the build quality and the appearance. I look forward to your next report giving your friend's assessment.

I want your opinion. The B string pin pulls up when trying to tune. Is this repairable easily or should I ask for another guitar? Of the 6 guitars I've gotten from Tim, this is the only issue.

Lacking Talent
January 23rd, 2011, 12:59 AM
I thought of starting a "Hohner owner" club thread in the Owners' Club section for Hohners acoustic and electric, but never got around to doing it. So, Hohner electrics are welcome here.

In that case, here's mine!

http://oi53.tinypic.com/24nmr06.jpg

LGOberean
January 29th, 2011, 01:23 PM
Hey Matt, just a bump up to see if there is any update on the Hohners you and your friends bought. Have I understood correctly that you personally have had eyes and hands and ears on a total of six Hohners, one Ovangkol EA65CEQ A/E, and five DR550s?

BTW, I was doing some searches on eBay, and I think I found your source, Tim Mauery of Strings and Things Guitar Wholesale. Right now he has several eBay auctions going for Hohner models, but none for the DR550CE.

So could I get clarification on the guitars you bought: are you talking about DR550s or DR550CEs? In other words, dreadnaught shape, no cutaway and no electronics (the DR550)...

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002001_gr_DR550.jpg

...or with cutaway and with electronics (DR550CE)?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002002_kl_DR550CE.jpg

And if the latter, how do they sound plugged in? Or how about that Ovangkol, it's an A/E, right?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00000183gr.jpg

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00000630kl.jpg

How does that one sound plugged in?

QZephyr
January 29th, 2011, 07:44 PM
Yes, mine is the CE and Tim is the source. I haven't plugged in yet but unplugged it was awesome. When I ordered mine he said there was no problem getting one. I assumed he had quite a few. Definitely worth the money. You can call him (that's the key)at the number on his site. He always answers or is the one who will call you back. He's an excellent person. The ovankol is a CE and was a friends' purchase, they are sold out but it was flawless and sounded great and plugged in too. I have the Hohner ECA 800 which is Hohner's version of Ovation bowlbacks but made with interlace wood pieces.Top notch. My other Hohner is the MR 800 electric guitar. All my Hohners came from Tim. I also purchased a Washburn X200 Pro last year. My other friend got a B.C. Rich Rich Bich. If you can't get the 550 CE, I wouldn't hesitate to get at least a 500 series CE. After seeing the ovankol, I would trust it. I was tempted by the kona. I still didn't try to upload pics. When I do I'll get the others too.
Matt

QZephyr
February 1st, 2011, 09:47 PM
Hey Matt, just a bump up to see if there is any update on the Hohners you and your friends bought. Have I understood correctly that you personally have had eyes and hands and ears on a total of six Hohners, one Ovangkol EA65CEQ A/E, and five DR550s?

BTW, I was doing some searches on eBay, and I think I found your source, Tim Mauery of Strings and Things Guitar Wholesale. Right now he has several eBay auctions going for Hohner models, but none for the DR550CE.

So could I get clarification on the guitars you bought: are you talking about DR550s or DR550CEs? In other words, dreadnaught shape, no cutaway and no electronics (the DR550)...

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002001_gr_DR550.jpg

...or with cutaway and with electronics (DR550CE)?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002002_kl_DR550CE.jpg

And if the latter, how do they sound plugged in? Or how about that Ovangkol, it's an A/E, right?

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00000183gr.jpg

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00000630kl.jpg

How does that one sound plugged in?

Tim listed another DR550CE

bridgepinSr.
February 13th, 2011, 01:34 AM
I have been wanting to up date the photo of my Hohner G and HG-900 Arbor Series All aged wood guitars but I have been busy moving from the East coast to the West coast I found some time today so I thought I would post it, hope all is well with everyone


http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/musicroom003.jpg

L to R HG-920,HG-930,HG-940,HG-950,G-930,G-912

jax22
April 5th, 2011, 08:07 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about a Hohner International made in Japan HG-03 model? My dad gave it to me and i've been playing it for a year or two now.

LGOberean
April 6th, 2011, 03:36 AM
Pictures would sure be nice; I wasn't very successful finding pics of an HG-03 online, except for in a recent eBay auction (see hyperlink below). Never had an HG-03 in my hands, but here's what I've been able to discover about it.

From the VintAxe forum ("Major Japanese Guitar Manufacturers and their Brand Names" thread) I learned that the Japanese manufacturer Fujigen Gakki did contract manufacturing for Hohner in the early 70s. The thread was specifically about electric guitars, but I think FG did acoustics too.

The Orion Blue Book Online/usedprice.com gives 1978-1985 as the dates of manufacture for this guitar.

Recently, an HG03 sold on eBay [http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=190512429011&nma=true&rt=nc&si=qYs299RTuL2fXtVGiYbG%252BTX9luo%253D]. The description of the guitar was almost useless, no info about what type of woods, etc. But the pics were helpful. One showed the paper label visible inside the soundhole, which read:

Model No. HG03
Serial No. 995483
HOHNER
INTERNATIONAL
Quality
Fretted Instruments
Made in Korea

And stamped onto the label perpendicular to the rest of the text was what appears to be a date: 5/80. If that is referring to May of 1980, then it appears by at least that time, if not before, production of this line of guitars had been moved to Korea.

That's all I have so far. Maybe bridgepinSr. (David) has some insights.

Phoenix59
April 6th, 2011, 04:17 AM
I know this is in the acoustic forum, but I wanted to mention that I had a Hohner Professional Tele style electric back around 1999-2002. It was black with a b/w/b pickguard, maple fingerboard, and gold hardware, made like a standard Fender Tele.

I sold it after my wreck, thinking I'd not be able to play again. I miss that thing.

Looked just like this one that's for sale at ricardo.ch:

http://pics.ricardostatic.ch/2_637904490_Big/gitarren-und-zubehoer/hohner-professional-telecaster-te-custom-serie.jpg

LGOberean
April 6th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Welcome. That's one nice looking Hohner Tele. I don't care for the Prince version, but I've been drawn to that blackout look for several years now. Your signature line says you're GAS-ing for a Tele, so how about that one?

Your reference to the acoustic nature of this thread makes me wonder if I should ask again about starting a Hohner owners thread in the guitar owners club section of this forum. I will if I get positive input to that effect, and if so, it would help if yourself and others, who have posted your electric Hohners here, to re-submit them in the new thread.

bridgepinSr.
April 6th, 2011, 06:46 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about a Hohner International made in Japan HG-03 model? My dad gave it to me and i've been playing it for a year or two now.

Hi jax22
I'm sorry but I don't have much to give you on you guitar. All I have is a 1980 Hohner list price sheet which list a HG-03 as a Standard Dreadnought and it's list price was $155.00 I wish I had more for you

Phoenix59
April 7th, 2011, 04:12 PM
Welcome. That's one nice looking Hohner Tele. I don't care for the Prince version, but I've been drawn to that blackout look for several years now. Your signature line says you're GAS-ing for a Tele, so how about that one?

I'd love to have that one but he's asking $700 for it, plus it's in Europe.

If I'd have known mine was worth so much I'd never have sold it. :sad:

KeefRiffhard
April 7th, 2011, 04:24 PM
I just picked this one up recently. I think it's from the late 70's. I'm thinking about switching the pup. Anybody have any suggestions?

Daddy Hojo
April 8th, 2011, 11:50 PM
I have been wanting to up date the photo of my Hohner G and HG-900 Arbor Series All aged wood guitars but I have been busy moving from the East coast to the West coast I found some time today so I thought I would post it, hope all is well with everyone

L to R HG-920,HG-930,HG-940,HG-950,G-930,G-912

Those old hohners with the vertical logo can hold their own against a lot of Martins.

bridgepinSr.
April 10th, 2011, 12:16 AM
Those old hohners with the vertical logo can hold their own against a lot of Martins.

Hi Daddy Hojo

Yeah I agree 100% and I have A/B them many times. What a lot of folks don't know is that the HG-900 Arbor series guitars were built using a scalloped (X) bracing design (AKA Vintage Martin) which give's them great projection, volume and lots of boom :grin:

Daddy Hojo
April 10th, 2011, 12:55 AM
Hi Daddy Hojo

Yeah I agree 100% and I have A/B them many times. What a lot of folks don't know is that the HG-900 Arbor series guitars were built using a scalloped (X) bracing design (AKA Vintage Martin) which give's them great projection, volume and lots of boom :grin:

My sister in law has one that her dad gave her - super nice.

bridgepinSr.
April 10th, 2011, 01:27 AM
My sister in law has one that her dad gave her - super nice.

That is great the Hohner HG or G-900 Arbor series guitars are hard to come by, I have the build sheets for them if you would like any info

bridgepinSr.
April 11th, 2011, 07:39 PM
OH MAN I missed the boat darn it, I saw a listing in my local Craigs list for a HG-905 But I was just going out the door to my Mother inlaws Birthday dinner and decided to send out the E-mail when I returned from the night out, well we got home late and I didn't sent it til morning, to late, already sold. That was a big miss Q on my part, I'm really not happy with myself at the moment, but what can you do thats life I guess :cry:

LGOberean
April 12th, 2011, 12:53 PM
David, I can well imagine you're kicking yourself over the missed opportunity, but it doesn't sound like you could have done much differently. BTW, do you know how much that HG-905 went for, or what the asking price was, at least? I'd like to get a sense of how much these old Hohners sell for these days.

bridgepinSr.
April 13th, 2011, 02:20 AM
Larry, He was asking $300. and I still can't believe I missed it :cry:

LGOberean
April 13th, 2011, 03:14 AM
Ouch! :sad: Yeah, that would hurt. I haven't been able to find models from the Arbor series, but that strikes me as a good price, depending upon its condition, of course.

TeleDrifter
April 14th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Those old hohners with the vertical logo can hold their own against a lot of Martins.

Right on...I've got one & it sings.....

QZephyr
April 20th, 2011, 01:39 PM
I noticed you were on so I tried to send a PM. I didn't check out the 550 right away because I only had the 15 watt Luna to use. So I wheeled and dealed me a Hartke AC150. What a great combination. My buddy finally stopped by because I was telling him about the amp and he was intrigued.The reason being is that our choices are limited here in Sioux City. We had one of our long-standing shops close a couple years ago and now we have only 2 plus pawnshops. If I want variety I would have to go to Omaha or Sioux Falls. With the price of gas that's not an option. Only low end Hohners (pawn only) and no Hartke's are here. So I shop online and read numerous reviews first. I took a chance on the Hartke and am extremely satisfied with that. I was talking with a guy recently that didn't know I had the DR550 and he mentioned to me that if you want a good sounding guitar, get a Dr 550 CE. When I told him that I already had one, he was speechless. Jim didn't want to stop playing not to mention stop staring at this guitar.

LGOberean
April 21st, 2011, 05:10 AM
Sorry I missed you, Matt. It was an on again/off again kind of day for me. And when I push away from my computer, I tend to forget to log out, so sometimes I guess it looks like I'm on here when I'm really not.

Anyway, thanks for the update.

I'm obviously up late; I've been rehearsing a song I wrote for my wife. Tomorrow is our 38th anniversary, and I'm going to spring this new song on her as a surprise. Haven't been able to rehearse it much during the day, so stayed up late, changing strings and practicing. But I don't want to be exhausted tomorrow, so...goodnight.

bridgepinSr.
April 21st, 2011, 01:10 PM
Hi Larry
Just a quick a happy anniversary to you and your Mrs.

David

Jack Knife
April 21st, 2011, 01:17 PM
I bought an unknown body off a guy from the Reranch forum. Turned out to be a Hohner of some type. The body was a nice piece of ash. I turned it into an Esquire type build with a Rio Muy Grande in the bridge. It was a rockin' little guitar.

I was inspired by Brian May's Red Special and called it the Brian Maysquire.

http://www.visi.com/~sstolle/pics/hohner_front2.jpg

http://www.visi.com/~sstolle/pics/hohner_back.jpg

EDIT: Whoopsa! Didn't notice this was the Acoustic forum :oops:

Berek Halfhand
April 22nd, 2011, 04:40 PM
My HG-06 circa 1977. Supposed to be a copy of a Martin D35 I think.

Bought it to play at my sister's wedding. Was my main axe for many, many years. Put in a Martin under saddle transducer. After a couple of years, replaced that with the K&K Western interior system. Very pleased with that for several years. Then the top started bowing and dipping around the bridge. Took it to my luther who said that since it wasn't a solid top, it wasn't worth fixing. He said, take the strings off and hang it on the wall.

So now it is just my autograph book.

In order of signing they are: Kate Campbell, Vince Bell, Kevin Montgomery, Nanci Griffth ("Always recall Baton Rouge"), Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Phil Keaggy, Kevin Gordon, Love and Theft, Lady Antebellum.

With Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welch, and Lady Antebellum there are three Grammy winners. I would have thought Phil made four, but I checked and he has never won! I couldn't believe it.

+2 internet points if you can read what Phil wrote on the back (at my request).

-berek

LGOberean
April 23rd, 2011, 04:03 AM
... With Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welch, and Lady Antebellum there are three Grammy winners. I would have thought Phil made four, but I checked and he has never won! I couldn't believe it.

+2 internet points if you can read what Phil wrote on the back (at my request).

-berek


"P.S. Kenn [?] - Don't give up your day job!" Really? You asked Phil Keaggy to write that on your autograph guitar? :shock:

Cool idea, BTW. And that's an impressive list of autographs.

And Phil Keaggy may not have won a Grammy, but he has a bunch of Dove awards, and probably others I don't know about.

LGOberean
April 23rd, 2011, 04:15 AM
... EDIT: Whoopsa! Didn't notice this was the Acoustic forum :oops:

No problem. Several others have posted about their electrics. It is a Hohner thread, and electrics are welcome. But I keep thinking that I should perhaps start a "Hohner Owner" thread in the club section.

Berek Halfhand
April 23rd, 2011, 11:23 AM
"P.S. Kenn [?] - Don't give up your day job!" Really? You asked Phil Keaggy to write that on your autograph guitar? :shock:


To be fair, I told him how I had played my "fumbling" attempt at "Warm as Tears" in church once, and even though I don't know how much justice I did for it, I still enjoyed playing it. So we talked about playing for love rather than money (which I have never done), and it was more rewarding for me. Looking back, it was an impulsive request and probably stupid. And it is only on the back. On the front it says "Keep playing Warm as Tears".

He was a very cool guy and an amazing musician. I would have thought he would have won some sort of Grammy for technical innovation or something along the way if nothing else. He is king of the loopers.

(Yeah two "n"s in Kenn)

-bh

QZephyr
April 26th, 2011, 02:32 AM
Sorry I missed you, Matt. It was an on again/off again kind of day for me. And when I push away from my computer, I tend to forget to log out, so sometimes I guess it looks like I'm on here when I'm really not.

Anyway, thanks for the update.

I'm obviously up late; I've been rehearsing a song I wrote for my wife. Tomorrow is our 38th anniversary, and I'm going to spring this new song on her as a surprise. Haven't been able to rehearse it much during the day, so stayed up late, changing strings and practicing. But I don't want to be exhausted tomorrow, so...goodnight.

I thought I looked here sooner and didn't see your reply. I hope you had a good anniversary.

bridgepinSr.
April 30th, 2011, 05:45 PM
It is funny sometime's how things work out, as one door might closed another will open.

As I had posted earlier, I had a chance at a Hohner HG-905 but thought that I was to late and missed that opportunity, well that opportunity came back and I was able to go look at the guitar, it turns out that the guitar was in need of some repairs and we coundn't agree on a price, so I thanked him and went on my merry way, I get home and continue with my search for more HG-900s and low and behold there is a HG-905 on E-bay, so I say lets watch and see what happens here, well it turns out there was not much action on it so I through my fishing hook in the pond and what do you know, I came out with the guitar. It is in really mint shape and sounds great and the best part is I was able to get it for less than the one that was selling here locally. I like to thank my buddy Kenny for taking the time to shoot me a PM about the guitar, for I had her already in my cross hairs I told him. Well, now I just have two to go, the HG-905L and the HG-910 and I will have the whole set. I still can't believe how many years I have been chasing these guitars,,,my wife thinks I'm nuts and I really think she is right, I have been ready to through in the towel more than once on this endeavor,,,,,,,,,,,, but I will continue,,,,,maybe LOL

LGOberean
May 3rd, 2011, 02:43 AM
Wow! Congratulations, David. Will you be posting an updated family photo soon?

Due to my own search efforts, I can well imagine that your quest has been a long one. I haven't been trying as long or as diligently, but in all the while I've only seen one or two from the 900 series. Personally, I'm not looking to collect the whole set. I just want a 940 or 950.

bridgepinSr.
May 4th, 2011, 12:16 AM
Hi Larry
Yeah, I will have to up date my photo when I get a chance, you have your sites set right on the money, you will not be disapointed at all, I always have my noise to the ground trying to sniff these out, if and when I find one I will shoot you a PM. Larry my HG-940 came from your neck of the woods a Dallas Fort Worth Pawn shop, so stop in and check your local shops out, when ever I travel I will always make it a point to check a couple, you never know :smile:

cantonmotors
May 14th, 2011, 12:19 PM
I have Hohner HG-06 it says Made in Japan on the label in the sound hole. It appears to have a solid top and a 3 piece fancy looking back . It has an adjustable bridge with very low action even with the bridge cranked up all the way. cream binding front, back and up the neck. My mother bought this brand new but were not sure when. I am 32 and it has been around since I can remember. It used to have a japan sticker on the back of the head stalk but I pealed it off in my younger days of thinking anything if it aint USA it must be junk.

With all that I ask does anyone have or know where I can get info on this guitars date. I don't play it a lot because the low action usually results in an annoying fret buzz. I also have a Sigma MIJ which mother purchased new and has been with me as long as I can remember. It has the old style logo on the head. The one before they made it look like a Martin logo. Does anyone have any dates on that make as well.

Love the thread wish I could have picked up on it sooner.

LGOberean
May 16th, 2011, 12:18 AM
Kenn, you wanna chime in here about the HG-06? cantomotors, you may have already seen it, but on the previous page (#3) of this discussion thread, fellow member Berek Halfhand (Kenn) talks about his HG-06 (post #116). I could go surfing around the Net to see what I could find, but since I've never had my hands on one, it makes more sense to defer to an owner like Kenn. So I guess this is my roundabout way of bumping up this thread in hopes that Kenn will notice. :wink:

jimtone
May 18th, 2011, 01:25 AM
I have been wanting to up date the photo of my Hohner G and HG-900 Arbor Series All aged wood guitars but I have been busy moving from the East coast to the West coast I found some time today so I thought I would post it, hope all is well with everyone


http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/musicroom003.jpg

L to R HG-920,HG-930,HG-940,HG-950,G-930,G-912 I have been watching for an HG-310 for quite some time and bought an HG-320 in Feb. before finally finding one in April. A couple of weeks back on Ebay there was an HG-310 listed with no label in the sound hole and it had snow flake fret markers with a guard shaped like all of your Arbor models with the 3 peaks on its bridge end. It sold, and the seller sent a photo of the center brace showing HG-clear but 310 could have been 910 or 900 as it was sanded or scraped down. I'm wanting to know if you have any info on dates of manufacture on the HG-310 and HG-320 Limited Edition models? I keep seeing dates listed as begining in 1978 thru mid 80s, but my friend had an HG-310 in 1977 or maybe 76? The HG-310 I bought has a homemade brass bridge saddle that I'm thinking about changing or working on to lower. Do you think a brass saddle could be a good idea on an acoustic, or would it be better to change to Tucq, bone, horn, etc.?

bridgepinSr.
May 20th, 2011, 02:32 AM
Hi Jimtone

I'm sorry but I don't have alot of info on the HG-310, I see one is for sale on E-Bay right now. But I really don't know the production dates, I have a list price sheet from 1980 and it lists the HG-310 as having a Deluxe-Semi Solid Top and it's list price is $325.00 I wish I could give you more info but thats all I have. As far as a brass saddle I would think that would make you guitar sound very brite, I like to use bone myself, if the bridge plate is chewed up I will use a Mitchels Platemate which is made of brass to stop the damage http://www.mitchelsplatemate.com/3.html. Jim, I wish I had more for you

Berek Halfhand
May 24th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Kenn, you wanna chime in here about the HG-06? cantomotors, you may have already seen it, but on the previous page (#3) of this discussion thread, fellow member Berek Halfhand (Kenn) talks about his HG-06 (post #116). I could go surfing around the Net to see what I could find, but since I've never had my hands on one, it makes more sense to defer to an owner like Kenn. So I guess this is my roundabout way of bumping up this thread in hopes that Kenn will notice. :wink:

I have never found any info on the net either.

It was indeed Japanese made, but I have no way to date it other than when I bought it new.

The bridge is adjustable with the thumb screws, but sitting it up on those two posts can't be good for the sound. I was told mine had a laminate top, which is why it was unrepairable when it got a big bow in it (just behind the bridge). I always intended to replace the bridge, but never got to that. It served me well for many years.

-bh

LGOberean
August 18th, 2011, 03:40 PM
Well, I'm still looking for another Hohner from the Arbor series. Saw an HG-912 on eBay recently, but I'm not really wanting a 12 string. I kinda regret passing on that one, but I'm trying to keep my focus on what I'm really looking for, as I've said before, a 940 or 950.

I am also still considering a DR550CE. I'm not seeing these pop up on eBay and such like they did earlier this year. Hope I haven't missed the boat on finding a good deal on one.

As I said before, we had a house fire May 6, 2010, and our insurance company was lousy. They took forever on everything, only parceled out payments in installments, and made us jump through hoops to get paid. (Needless to say, they are no longer our insurance company.) We paid out of pocket through the rebuilding process, and while finally got our money from the insurance company, by that time we were needing it for others things. I guess most of y'all know how that goes.

Matt, any updates on how you're liking your DR550CE? Any chance of some pics?

bridgepinSr.
August 23rd, 2011, 11:38 PM
Hi Larry
Well, I think you made a wize choice to pass on that (one) keep the faith the right one's will come along. I can't help but say Larry you are seeing first hand how this journey can go. I am so sorry to hear you had a house fire and the troubles with the insurance company, I hope things are better now

LGOberean
September 2nd, 2011, 01:31 PM
David, yeah I am still on this quest for another Hohner guitar from the Arbor series. And I am seeing just how patient I have to be for this.

Well, in one sense my impatience just got the better of me. Yesterday I pulled the trigger on a later (albeit discontinued) model Hohner, the DR550. All solid woods: solid cedar top, solid rosewood back & sides, 1 piece mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge. Here's a pic from the Hohner website.

http://www.hohnerusa.com/upload/bildpoolcms/gal00002001_gr_DR550.jpg

I'll post pics of my own once she arrives. Should be here Tuesday or Wednesday.

I wanted to the get the DR550CE, the cutaway version with the Fishman electronics, but I can't find one now. If this model lives up to its press, I'll put a soundhole pup or maybe some kind of soundboard transducer on it. We'll see.

Of course, I'm still on a quest for an old HG-940 or HG-950.

LGOberean
September 6th, 2011, 09:28 PM
NGD!!! Or should I say, NHD (New Hohner Day)!!! :grin: My Hohner DR550 dreadnaught acoustic arrived a few hours ago. I played her for an hour or so before stopping to take my wife out to eat. Here's my initial review.

I've mentioned the specs before, but here they are again. This guitar is built of all solid woods. The top is a solid cedar top, the back & sides, solid rosewood. The neck is a 1 piece mahogany, and the fretboard is striped ebony, with a striped ebony bridge. The body and neck are bound in maple, and the top has some nice purfling. The fretboard abalone inlays are understated but attractive, as is the gold hardware.

Speaking of which, the Grover 18:1 high ratio tuners are nice; they operate smoothly and efficiently. I de-tuned to double-drop D, then to an open G, then back up again to standard. Like I said, smooth and efficient.

The workmanship is very, very good. No sloppy glue residue inside or out, sanded well, etc. The matte finish is attractive. The frets are a little sharp, but not too bad. There is one flaw on the top of the guitar, a very small and shallow ding on the treble side of the soundhole. You have to look hard to find it. It could very easily have been done in the music store, not the factory. Really no big deal. All in all, this is a really beautiful instrument.

And as for sound, this baby is a cannon. She's plenty loud, and projects very well, good for strumming. At the same time, she has a nice string to string articulation, does a nice job of handling both fingerstyle and flatpicking. The action was just a little high for my tastes (I'm spoiled to my G-940), but definitely playable. I'll probably get a tech to do a setup on this guitar to optimize playability.

The street price for these guitars was around $600 when they were in production. As I understand it, they are now discontinued, and the music store from which I purchased this guitar bought up a lot of units of this and other discontinued models. Like I said before, I wanted the DR550CE model, w/ cutaway and Fishman electronics, but they sold out before I was ready.

I paid $300. Definitely worth the money. Pics to follow.

bridgepinSr.
September 11th, 2011, 11:10 PM
Congrats Larry that sounds like a very nice guitar and the price is great, $300.00 for a all solid wood guitar is fantastic. I hope that many new songs come from the inspiration of your new guitar. Larry what do you like to string your acoustics with 12's or 13's? I've been using 12's myself for the last few years. Congrats again Larry :smile:

LGOberean
September 12th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Thanks, David. She is fun to play, and sounds great detuned (Double Dropped D, open G). I've been playing both my Hohners almost exclusively since the DR550 arrived. Haven't touched my Breedlove in 6 days.

As for strings, I use and have used 12s, for decades. I used DR brand for a while (again, 12s), because a friend of mine had a store, and that's what he carried. When he closed up his shop in 2000, I went back to using D'Addario EJ16s, which is a 12-53 gauge, and have been using them ever since. I think 12s may be all my G-940 has ever known.

coondoggygtrman
October 2nd, 2011, 09:36 PM
I have never found any info on the net either.

It was indeed Japanese made, but I have no way to date it other than when I bought it new.

The bridge is adjustable with the thumb screws, but sitting it up on those two posts can't be good for the sound. I was told mine had a laminate top, which is why it was unrepairable when it got a big bow in it (just behind the bridge). I always intended to replace the bridge, but never got to that. It served me well for many years.

-bh
Hi Kenn,
I may be able to give you a little more info on the Hohner HG-06.

In the later 1970's Hohner, (and a number of other Japanese manufacturers)was trying to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. In order to accomplish this, they began to step up the quality of their instruments, often selling them for less than the cost to make them. The HG series were actually made by the same craftsmen who were constructing the Yairi Alvarez line of guitars, in the same factory. It might be insinuated that Hohner's target audience were buyers of Martin products, although that may be a bit far fetched......after all, the venerable old manufacturer's influence is widespread...if I had a nickel for every D-18 look alike I've seen, I'd be able to buy a hundred of them!

I have owned an HG-06 for several years now, and I am really impressed with how well it plays. The sound quality is respectable, with good projection and sustain. The action is low and fast, no fret buzz..:-), and it handles both fingerpicking and flatpicking styles very well. It has the 3 piece back with the maple center, cream purfling on all edges, and rosewood fret board. The top is a faux spruce laminate. The paper tag inside the sound hole states date of birth as Dec-1978. Interestingly, mine does not have an adjustable bridge. I will post pics in a few days.

Kenn, your user I.D. suggests you are familiar with Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever! If you are, wasn't that a great series of books? Have you seen or read Game of Thrones by R.R. Martin?

Yours,
Gary

bridgepinSr.
November 19th, 2011, 04:22 PM
Well I have not been able to stop by for a long time so I just am going to give this thread a little bump :wink: Cuz I just love these old Hohners. Thanks, hope all is well with everyone

LGOberean
December 26th, 2011, 02:14 PM
Hey, David, I just replied to you in my acoustic 12-string thread. I was hoping you could post a pic of your Hohner G-912 in that thread, and then it occurred to me that I only remember group shots of your guitars. That would be okay, too, but it just got me to wondering if you have individual shots of your guitars?

LGOberean
December 26th, 2011, 02:57 PM
Hey, boys and girls, I've started a new "Hohner Owners" thread over in the Guitar Owners Clubs section.

You know I've talked about doing this for quite some time now, but never got around to it. Well, it occurred to me that posting to this thread after long periods of dormancy could invite accusations of a "zombie" thread.

So I've started one that will avoid that accusation, no matter the time interval between posts. Acoustics and electrics are welcome.

I'm hoping that participants in this thread will post to this new club thread. As far as I'm concerned, a little repetition won't hurt. If you essentially post in the new club thread what you've posted here, that would help the club thread get off to a good start.

bridgepinSr.
December 27th, 2011, 11:40 PM
Hey Larry
Not to worry I fear no Zombies, post away my friend :grin:

elkkid
May 2nd, 2014, 05:59 PM
Hey! --I just scored a HG-905! I'm STOKED!