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bridgepinSr.
May 25th, 2013, 03:58 PM
Thank you for the kind words gentleman. It has been a long journey, but a very rewarding one at that. The HG-950 still seems to be the needle in the hay stack when it comes to these guitars. I only know of two, the proto-type that was given to Peter Lang by Hohner for the promotion of these guitars and the one that I own. This is after 33 years of trying to find these guys. Please don't think that the HG-940 or G-940 is much easier to find. I only know of four. Larry yours being one, two are of people who have posted that they own one and are looking for any information on them ( no pics though ) and the one I have. I do have a bit of great news, I just bought a HG-340 which has the Maple body with the tortoise shell binding. I will post pics and info later, the wife is in my ear saying lets go it's time for lunch.

bridgepinSr.
May 26th, 2013, 01:12 PM
[QUOTE=bash;5051226]I think you may be right on the 950, Orvillian! There are mysteries surrounding the 900 Series. One that few know is that there is a little-known member of the 900 family (and it isn't a dread) :0


Hi Bash
I'd love to see any info you have on a non Dread HG or G 900 Arbor series guitar and if you got a picture that would great too.

bridgepinSr.
May 26th, 2013, 02:22 PM
Hi Everyone
Here are some photos of the HG-340 I picked up the other day. I did some work on it, cleaned her up put a new bone saddle in and a set up, I am very pleased with the out come. I was always tempted to buy a Taylor 600 series guitar, well..... not anymore. :grin:

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/DSCN09031_zps74a3a7ca.jpg?t=1369504192http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/DSCN09051_zpsbfbc88d2.jpghttp://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/DSCN09041_zps51b464a2.jpghttp://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/DSCN09061_zps74756d03.jpg?t=1369505565http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/DSCN09071_zpsb4bc73ce.jpg?t=1369505724http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy100/bridgepin/DSCN09021_zps659366af.jpg

bridgepinSr.
May 29th, 2013, 08:19 PM
It has become quite evident to me the time has come for me to pull up anchor and set sail.

bash
May 29th, 2013, 11:16 PM
Sorry, Bridgepin, didn't get a chance to respond earlier to your newest acquisition but it's a beauty. I had a pre-Ibanez Pennco back in the day that was a gorgeous flame maple 12-string that I wish I never got rid of.

bash
May 29th, 2013, 11:35 PM
"You Hohner, you brought her..."

http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s213/stormbucket/IMG_1188_web.jpg (http://s153.photobucket.com/user/stormbucket/media/IMG_1188_web.jpg.html)

The family: G612, HG905, G911, HG910, HG940

trev333
May 29th, 2013, 11:41 PM
a mate bought around a combo amp.. a Hohner Marlin 30wSS with spring reverb.... 12" speaker..

other than one scratchy V pot.... it didn't sound too bad for what it was....:)

any idea how old it is?...

bash
June 1st, 2013, 08:25 PM
Hmm, I thought for sure that OM would blow a few minds. :D

jimtone
June 6th, 2013, 01:23 AM
The first Limited Edition Hohner HG I ever saw was in 1976 when friend got an HG-320 newish from someone locally, and I was so taken by the feel and sound of that guitar! It was Hohners first attempt to enter the acoustic guitar market in the mid 70s, and they were hand made by top craftsmen in Japan with choice materials. All solid spruce tops and solid rosewood sides and backs. I never saw an HG-310 LE until about 2003 when a luthier friend showed it to me while he was doing a neck reset, and it did also have Solid spruce top and Solid rosewood sides and back. The LE models from mid 70s were marketed as being all solid choice woods, and I've seen the neck pocket with the neck removed to verify that the Limited Edition HG-310 is a solid wood sides and top, and I'm not believeing that backs could be laminated since the sides weren't. I now own both the LE HG-320 and LE HG-310 guitars.

slacker
June 7th, 2013, 06:58 PM
Aloha from Maui
Its a tough life but we'll get to that later haha....

I was browsing local c-list ads last week and noticed an interesting ad for a Hohner acoustic that had been owned for 35 years...

I've been wanting an old, no electronics, cured (the laquer & wood) cutaway acoustic guitar for a good long time. But usually, they are pretty pricey. The ad wanted only $350... I figured 'what the hell might as well at least go strum it and if it sucks, it IS a Hohner - not a Gibson or Martin! And you never know anyways...'

I hadn't done any research on the guitar model prior to checking it out. I wanted to judge it on a completely clean slate. I noticed immediately upon being handed the guitar its' bright tiger striped/flamed back and sides. And the back binding wasnt a simple piece either... it was very ornate.
Cool shaped soundhole... if that even means anything haha. It passed the visual very quickly. It was very evident it was not a cheaply built guitar.

So I tuned it, gave it a lite strum, settled into the stool and ripped into it. "This thing is a Hohner? WTF". Perfect neck. Perfect cutway (selmer style). The sound.... Everything was hitting for me. Except for the 'name' thing... Hohner.

So I offered dude $300 and walked out totally happy. I scored.... I bought it for the sound and feel not the name on the headstock but when i close my eyes I swear its a $1000 guitar hahahaha. I got just what I wanted - to be happy beyond expectation. I've never seen another one like it. Uniqueness is alright, too.

I get home and THEN I start researching the guitar. Apparently Bucky Barrett did an ad for the line of Hohner acoustics, and he's photo'd holding/playing the same model I have. A little more digging brought me to this thread chock full of great Hohner info and pics. More scores!!!


Here's whats in the soundhole:
Model: HG-360M
Made In Japan
(stamped) 3701003
(stamped) 6 77


The 'M' in 360M must stand for maple considering the back and sides.
I am assuming the serial number is the '3701003' stamp, and the date is the '6 77' stamp.

The top seems to be a solid piece of spruce. Would be surprised if it wasnt...
The fretboard has some cool fret markers you can't miss. And it's rosewood. or ebony. I don't know for sure...
The neck... I'm not so sure what it is, either. It could be rosewood but maybe its mahogany? Tt feels great whatever it is! I'll have to take a close up of the neck....

I've sent an inquiry to Hohner but I'm not holding my breath for much data beyond "oh yeah, thats old. Enjoy".

Here's a few pictures to give you all a visual.
Since reading is only so fun, right hahahaha

I still can't believe how badass this guitar is.... it plays itself.
I can't wait to record with it.

bash
June 7th, 2013, 11:20 PM
Love the headstock!

slacker
June 8th, 2013, 04:12 PM
yeah the headstock, while a rather 'simple' design, is some eye candy.

if i can find another one of these guitars, i am so buying it....

osxandy
June 19th, 2013, 11:15 AM
Hello fellow owners, here's mine, an 80's Tele, a 90's Tele and a 87 Strat all Hohner Profesionals, all play lovely and look great [I think] cheers...

http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum3.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum4.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum5.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum6.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum7.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum8.jpg

Orvillian
June 20th, 2013, 12:31 PM
As much as I have tried, I just never could warm up to the shape of a Tele. Not a knock on yours by any means, it is just me. That strat is amazing on the other hand.

oldteleguy
June 20th, 2013, 03:30 PM
I have a Hohner model SG860R.It is made in Japan,and was given to me at least 30 years
ago. Does anyone have an idea of its' current value?

LGOberean
June 21st, 2013, 05:08 AM
I'm going to chime in here, with the basic assumption that you are referring to a Hohner guitar model known as the Hohner SG Lion.

I tried searching for a "Hohner SG860R," but nothing turned up. When I searched for "Hohner SG" and "Hohner SG Lion" I got a good bit of info. So if you are talking about a "shredder" style guitar with a pointy headstock, 3 EMG (HSS) pups, mini switches and a trem bridge, the designation on the headstock and its listing in catalogs was "Hohner SG Lion."

So that's what I'm assuming as I post this info. If it doesn't apply to you, hopefully this posted info will be of benefit to someone else.

Let's start with a couple of pics about what I'm talking about...

http://www.offsetguitars.com/personal/zhivago/misc/hohner/hohner2.jpg
http://www.offsetguitars.com/personal/zhivago/misc/hohner/hohner1.jpg

A document on the Internet known as the "Hohner Historical Guitar Models" lists this guitar (pg. 46 [54]). The years of manufacture were from 1988-1994. Here is the full description from that source...

body: solid Philip. mahogany with solid flamed maple top; 24 nickel silver frets; glued in Philip. mahogany neck with ebonol fingerboard; colours: amber, cherry-red-sunburst, black; 3 Select designed by EMG; 2 single coil size, 1 humbucker size; vol/tone; 3 mini-switches on/off; push/pull for Vintage-Blend-Sound; black hardware; graphite nut; deluxe machine heads; USA-Wings strings

Under the heading of "Former retail price," this document gave two figures: "DM1190 (1990)" and "DM1400 (1990)." So now this gets tricky, on several levels.

First, why two prices? There were differences in colors, but I don't know what other differences account for such a price discrepancy.

Second, what about that "DM" currency? Well, what the initials stand for is the easy part: "Deutsche Mark." That was the currency of Germany at the time stated, 1990. (That currency was replaced in 2002 by the euro.) But what was the DM worth in 1990, in terms of the US $? It took some digging, but I found a resource that gave the comparative worth of the DM to the dollar in 1990, and by my calculations, it was 63˘. Another source gave the worth of the DM as 68˘ at the time of the change to the euro, so I think my calculations are basically correct.

So, in 1990, 1190 DM equated to roughly $750, and 1400 DM to $882. That gives us a good idea of its worth 23 years ago, but of course oldteleguy's question is "Does anyone have an idea of its' current value?"

I have digital and hardcopy versions of Fjestad's Blue Book of Electric Guitars. Unfortunately, the SG Lion is not listed. I did find one model (ST Lynx) manufactured in the same time frame (1990-1994) whose Manufacturer's Suggested Retail price was $740, close to the $750 price tag referenced above. Fjestad's Blue Book grading for this guitar in mint (98%) condition was $475, $375 for Excellent + (95%), $350 for Excellent (90%), $275 for Very Good + (80%), $250 for Very Good (70%), and $200 for Good (60%).

A search of eBay's "Sold listings" for a Hohner SG Lion yielded 2 sales that were BOA ("Best Offer Accepted"), so we don't know exactly what those two sales went for. Of those that sold in auction or Buy It Now at a specified price, one sold for $195 and one for $650.

You can draw your own conclusions from this data. For me, I would say the eBay auction that went for $195 is about right, given the condition of the instrument (not all original parts, fret wear, etc.). The $650 sale seems high, given original price of the SG Lion, and given the Blue Book depreciation values of the comparable ST Lynx.

Of course, in the final analysis, a guitar is worth what one is willing to pay for it. Beyond tangible factors such as condition, sentiment can play a part in buying a guitar for more than its Blue Book value. Hope this helps.

LGOberean
June 29th, 2013, 08:13 PM
Since I posted about the SG Lion, I was fortunate enough to come across a cheaply priced copy of Vintage Guitar Magazine's Price Guide 2010. The values this resource gives for guitars are for "excellent-condition, all original instruments," and they give a range of price values.

In the case of the SG Lion, the range is $200-$225, again for one that is all original and in excellent condition. Obviously, the definitions and evaluations differ between this resource and Fjestad's.

Just thought I'd add to the body of information on this Hohner model.

Bluesfan7
July 7th, 2013, 12:23 AM
Hi all, I'm new to thr geoup thought I'd give an intro. My name is Todd, I'm 47 and have a guitar addiction problem. My two favorites are my Hohner HJ3 and my Hohner HJ5. Very nice instruments. I'm am currently looking for the HJ4 in Translucent Blue. Has anyone seen one of these? I've seen two for sale that are black. Did Hohner ever actually get the HJ4 in trans blue released? Not alot of info out there on this model run. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Todd.

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Kochens
July 7th, 2013, 04:36 PM
Hello fellow owners, here's mine, an 80's Tele, a 90's Tele and a 87 Strat all Hohner Profesionals, all play lovely and look great [I think] cheers...

http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum3.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum4.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum5.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum6.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum7.jpg
http://www.osx.co.uk/cloud/forum8.jpg

Those Hohner Tele`s are Awesome. I asume they are The Prinze?

LGOberean
July 7th, 2013, 05:57 PM
Hi all, I'm new to thr geoup thought I'd give an intro. My name is Todd, I'm 47 and have a guitar addiction problem. My two favorites are my Hohner HJ3 and my Hohner HJ5. Very nice instruments. I'm am currently looking for the HJ4 in Translucent Blue. Has anyone seen one of these? I've seen two for sale that are black. Did Hohner ever actually get the HJ4 in trans blue released? Not alot of info out there on this model run. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Todd.

Todd, it appears that Hohner did release the HJ4 Trans Blue model. From what I've found (at liveauctioneers, guitar-museum, eBay, etc.), some have been up for auction and/or sold, so they do exist. Here's a pic or two...

http://www.guitar-museum.com/uploads/guitar/169/120372376096-1.jpg http://www.usedprice.com/ItemImages/img54746_real.jpg

As you said, there isn't a lot of info out there for this model. I've often said that I want this thread to be a repository of information, so here are the specs I've found on the guitar. It has: a semi-hollow mahogany body, single cutaway, with a mahogany arched top, and of course the transparent blue finish; set mahogany neck, 24.75" scale; gold hardware; rosewood fretboard, 22 jumbo frets, pearloid block position inlays; cream-colored ivoroid binding on headstock, neck, body and f-holes; gold covered Tesla VR-60 humbucking pickups, 2 volume, 2 tone control knobs; and a tune-o-matic style bridge.

As for finding one for sale, I'm not sure. Here is a link to one possible source.

http://www.tradetang.com/for-sale/Free-shipping-HOHNER-HJ4-THIN-LINE-SEMI-HOLLOW-BODY-JAZZ-GUITAR-BLUE/117978-1850165.html

I say "possible source" because the information is conflicting and/or confusing, specifically the statement "The item is out of sale. or please contact the supplier!" :confused: Tradetang.com is an "Online China Wholesale Marketplace," so English is definitely not the mother tongue of whoever wrote that ad copy. If it's still available, the price range in USD is $393.30 ~ $411.92. Other auction prices I found were $285 and $330 w/ HSC.

Hope this helps.

Bluesfan7
July 12th, 2013, 10:16 PM
Hi larry, thanks for the info. I just got ahold of a Hohner Fretted Instruments catalog from 2007 and was going through it.It has the HJ5 on the cover. I think the thing that gives me the most questions is that all the pics and descriptions of the HJ4 I've found show and describe it in the translucent blue, also in this catalog. I don't see mention of the guitar in black. Having said that, the only two I've found for sale have been black. One was covered in stickers, and people bid it up a bit. So maybe the black is prior to 2007? The search continues. I'll try to post some pics of my HJ3 and HJ5 this next week. Work schedule is rather crazy at the moment. Later. Todd.

LGOberean
July 18th, 2013, 05:46 AM
I saw that one covered with stickers. Personally, I'd never do such a thing; it didn't appeal to me. But hey, whatever. Differences in aesthetics is all we're talking about, and it don't make me no nevermind if someone wants to use a guitar body to showcase bumperstickers.

Along that line, the color doesn't mean a lot to me, partly because I sometimes have trouble distinguishing darker shades of blue.

We'll look forward to those pics, Todd.

BigSwittersfan
July 21st, 2013, 01:02 PM
Bought this from evilBay last night...couldn't pass it up. Any sort of interesting stories or history behind these Japanese Hohner's would be greatly appreciated!


http://www.ebay.com/itm/290948192945?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

LGOberean
July 22nd, 2013, 03:07 AM
Bought this from evilBay last night...couldn't pass it up. Any sort of interesting stories or history behind these Japanese Hohner's would be greatly appreciated!


http://www.ebay.com/itm/290948192945?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

Let's post some pictures, borrowed from the auction page. They'll hold us until you post your own in this thread, which I hope you will do.

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMDY2/z/wI8AAOxyzrFR6Gp~/$T2eC16VHJGIFFopzeT3QBR6Gp+iLUw~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/aAYAAOxySqpR6GqG/$T2eC16JHJGYE9nooiL)qBR6GqGqmBw~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/CScAAOxyOM9R6GqN/$T2eC16VHJGQFFhggHsFtBR6GqMut)w~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/4o8AAOxyxnJR6GqR/$(KGrHqEOKo4FG6EkMdV9BR6GqRZtlg~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMDY2/z/A-UAAOxyZW5R6Gqd/$T2eC16hHJIEFHSCe1Dp+BR6GqdfwV!~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTYwMFgxMDY2/z/ip0AAOxyemBR6GqX/$T2eC16dHJH4FHcI2KE9,BR6Gq(m4h!~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/4tsAAOxyxnJR6Gql/$(KGrHqJHJ!4FHI5tC!eHBR6GqlYpvQ~~60_57.JPG
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-ThinLine-Tele-Very-nice-With-Gig-rated-semi-Hard-bag-Japan-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/gMIAAOxy3FVR6Gqq/$T2eC16dHJHYFFkYIuoE(BR6GqqoRIQ~~60_57.JPG

It's interesting that the seller referred to it as a "Hohner ThinLine Tele" when it appears to be a solid body with no f-hole cutout on the lower bout. Looks to me like a Hohner copy of a Telecaster Custom in Butterscotch Blonde.

BigSwittersfan
July 22nd, 2013, 06:36 AM
I put 'em in the gallery here, tagged 'Hohner'.

LGOberean
July 28th, 2013, 01:29 AM
So after a week I'm assuming (correctly, I hope) that you now have this Hohner in your possession. Any comments about it? Is it a solidbody or Thinline? Care to give a review?

BigSwittersfan
July 28th, 2013, 08:54 AM
Don't have it yet. FedEx was here Friday and I was home but didn't hear him and the shipper marked it 'signature required (the turkey never knocked on the door - just left a hang tag) so I'll get it Monday.

It's obviously not a "Thinline" which the seller listed it as. Knew when I bid it was a Tele Deluxe copy. Folks get their descriptions wrong all the time.

In the meantime did a fair amount of research and came up with very little. Found a site where a guy did a great job matching up which Japanese factories made which 'name brand' guitars back in the 70's and 80's, but out of the dozens and dozens he showed, Hohner wasn't one of them!

LGOberean
July 29th, 2013, 01:38 PM
You're right about people getting their descriptions wrong. I see that all the time on eBay, but it seems especially prevalent on CL. Oh, well...

Today's the day, huh? I know you must be excited. Shoot, I'm excited for ya! :grin: :wink:

BigSwittersfan
July 29th, 2013, 06:40 PM
Grrrr....there is a BIG indentation next to the input jack the size of a fifty cent piece. It was obviously dropped hard at some point. I'm really not picky about dings and whatnot on a 30+ year old guitar but this cracked all the finish off ...and it's still flaking off around the dent.

There was no photo of the damage in the listing and no mention of it in the description.

I've asked for my money back. Maybe with some fairly serious bucks off the purchase price I'll keep it. We'll see.

NOT HAPPY!!!

Bluesfan7
August 2nd, 2013, 12:13 AM
Hope these came out ok.

Bluesfan7
August 2nd, 2013, 12:15 AM
The quest continues for the HJ4!

LGOberean
August 2nd, 2013, 12:28 AM
Here's pics of my HJ3 & HJ5
Hope these came out ok.
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/attachments/guitar-owners-clubs/191900d1375416730-hohner-owners-img_1181-jpg
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/attachments/guitar-owners-clubs/191901d1375416730-hohner-owners-img_1182-jpg


They came out so okay! Beautiful guitars! :mrgreen: Really! Both of them, but the HJ5 really appeals to me. The first guitar I started on was a Harmony Archtone H1213, so I'm sentimental about the look of a guitar with an arched top, f-holes in sunburst finish.

The quest continues for the HJ4!

You know, that seems to be something a lot of us Hohner collectors say. Finding the precise model Hohner you're looking for is something of a rare occurrence. Good luck to you in your quest, Todd.

Orvillian
August 2nd, 2013, 02:49 PM
Quite nice. Love the hollow bodies.

Bluesfan7
August 3rd, 2013, 01:10 AM
When i got the HJ3 i thought wow this is really a very nice guitar. Then I ran across the HJ5 and got it and realized that these guitars, although not reguarded as top of the line by many, were above where my playing ability would realistically reach. That because of my lack of consistent practice time, and quite possibly the level of personal talent that some people seem to have more of than I do. But for me these are just incredible instruments. Just love em! The other guitar I have that is pretty cool is a Fender cutaway dobro style guitar that I found hanging in a pawn shop, plastic still on the telecaster pickup, for only $50. Looked to be brand new. I was looking for the HJ4 at the time and almost didn't notice it. Picked it up and was literally in shock of the price, thought it was a mistake, asked the clerk, he said $50, I said sold. Still can't believe that one and its right here next to the Hohners. My wife was laughing at me as we walked out to the car with it. She said you should see the look of disbelief on your face. Don't think I'll see a deal like that ever again. But the HJ4 is still my #1 search at this time.

slacker
August 3rd, 2013, 09:00 PM
Aloha fellow Hohner-ites
Its been almost 2 months since I brought home the 360-M.
I have to tell you, my opinion on it....
has not changed one stinking bit.
One of the nicest acoustics Ive ever played.
While browsing for a potential second one I stumbled upon a previously ended auction on eBay for a HG360-R - rosewood back and sides. Same neck same markers same tuners... auction ended at 699!!!

heres the link w pics:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPER-RARE-Hohner-HG-360R-1970s-SOLID-WOOD-Must-See-ONE-DAY-ONLY-/151073477993?pt=Guitar&hash=item232cae5569&nma=true&si=MOCWNGWvzVjhRtau1BBVl%252F5SLww%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

someone scored a great guitar for 699 in m opinion... wish it was here.

There's a good possibility that I will be playing in public in the next few months, and I have been thinking about options for playing out. I have a couple of acoustic/electrics (epiphone ej200 & an ovation ae 147), but they both kinda suck when compared to the HG360M hahahaha.
So I purchased a LR Baggs M1A soundhole pickup!
I know that the $175 for the pickup (and shipping to HI) is more than half of what I paid for the guitar it's going in, but I felt like I paid half price for the guitar and could justify the "overindulging" hahahaha. I mean, c'mon... the Dave Gilmour video clip (lr baggs site) sold me hahaha. But seriously, because tone matters. I'll post an update with some pics when the pickup gets here.

Aloha

LGOberean
August 5th, 2013, 01:20 PM
Cool, slacker! :cool: An old Japanese vintage Hohner acoustic equipped with an M1!

Both of my Hohners are acoustic, not acoustic/electric. I've been thinking for some time that I'd like to equip one (if not both) with a pickup system of some kind, and the L. R. Baggs M1 has been one consideration. So you got the M1A, the active version? Are you going into a DI box? If so, which one? I sure would like to read your review of this Hohner/Baggs combination. Better yet, I'd like to hear a clip or a vid of this setup.

Oh, and it makes perfect sense to me that a good old Hohner merits an M1. To me, it's about tones, not bones.

slacker
August 5th, 2013, 08:15 PM
Cool, slacker! :cool: An old Japanese vintage Hohner acoustic equipped with an M1!

Both of my Hohners are acoustic, not acoustic/electric. I've been thinking for some time that I'd like to equip one (if not both) with a pickup system of some kind, and the L. R. Baggs M1 has been one consideration. So you got the M1A, the active version? Are you going into a DI box? If so, which one? I sure would like to read your review of this Hohner/Baggs combination. Better yet, I'd like to hear a clip or a vid of this setup.

Oh, and it makes perfect sense to me that a good old Hohner merits an M1. To me, it's about tones, not bones.

Aloha Larry!

TONES NOT BONES is right on!!!!

The M1A, the active version is the one I got. I had intended initially to just get the standard/original M1 (passive... AND doesn't need to be permanently installed - you can easily remove it from one guitar and remount it on another if yhou weren't already aware), but then realized that I would need to boost the signal with some sort of pre-amp or something else before it reaches the venue's gear. The preamp handles that, and gives me a little control over my sound ("Hi Volume knob!). To be honest I probably should go into a DI box too to have ultimate tonal control... just not at this time.
Being the tone nut that I am I will probably start checking out different DI boxes locally once the 360-M's been outfitted. We'll see what works and what shines. (but I know it won't be the player hahahaha)

Once everything is installed and restrung I'd be happy to throw up a sound/video clip.

zen-box
August 8th, 2013, 09:46 AM
Hi,

I bought this new in 1987, new from my local Hohner dealer in surbiton, surrey, uk and still own it. The only thing i've changed are the knobs, but the OG ones are hidden in it's case !! Sadly, It's lived a life, and has a few dings and scratches, but still plays properly. I had it set up by a buddy who works as a tech. about a decade ago, and it's not needed any adjustment ever since.

I've always loved it, it has a unique tone, with two tappable humbuckers and a floating trem .. I'll post a couple of pictures if anyone's interested ?

:mrgreen:

LGOberean
August 14th, 2013, 01:36 AM
Well, I'm a southpaw too, but play right-handed. Still, I'll bite if no one else will. Let's see those Ferrari pics! :grin:

jbrewery
August 14th, 2013, 10:48 AM
Just picked up an HG 940 and was looking for some history on it. Dated May,1981. In a previous thread, someone said that the "G" models were started in 1980 and the HG were earlier. Mine says 1981 but is an HG. What 's going on? Whats the difference? Were these made in Japan or Korea? How much did it cost new back in the day? What's it worth now? Sorry for so many questions but I like knowing the history of my guitars.
JB

LGOberean
August 15th, 2013, 12:38 PM
You scored an HG 940! I'm trying to make myself congratulate you, but first I just have to confess that I'm officially jealous! :mrgreen: Okay...now...congratulations! :wink:

I have some information to share, but I'm on my way out the door to lunch with my wife and friends, and then to an afternoon gig and then an evening commitment as well. I hope to post again before this evening, but if not, I'll get on here late tonight and pass on what I know (shouldn't take long :oops:).

LGOberean
August 16th, 2013, 10:17 AM
I thought I'd post info on the Arbor Series of Hohner acoustics. Then I'll get more specific, and talk about the HG-940 (or G-940).

I have a copy of a two page print ad from 1980. Here's a pic...

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Hohner-Arbor-Series-Acoustic-Guitars-2-page-1980-Magazine-Print-Ad-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/$(KGrHqQOKokE5lkI3ROdBOjdrnDck!~~60_35.JPG

On the first page of the spread, along with pics of guitars, is the heading...

HOHNER INTRODUCES THE FULL-BODIED SOUND OF AGED ALL-WOOD GUITARS.

Then the heading on the second page reads

From aging of the wood to the last handcrafted detail, each guitar in our Arbor Series takes 5 years to make.


Then here is the ad copy...

Like a fine wine, producing a truly fine guitar requires nature's choicest materials, the mellowing of time, and years of experience in the art.

Hohner has handcrafted such guitars in the all-wood Arbor Series dreadnoughts. Their tones are full-bodied like vintage wines, yet these instruments cost hundreds of dollars less than others of comparable quality.

Woods from around the world. The woods in each instrument are the finest obtainable. Tops are solid close-grained spruce from Canada and Alaska. Necks are solid Honduras mahogany, best in the world. The rosewood for fingerboards comes from Brazil, the choicest grown. Bodies are select mahogany, rosewood and makassa. And all woods are subjected to long aging. Between successive air-dryings, dry-heat kiln treatments, and electronic humidity-controlled drying for optimum aging, the process takes 5 full years! As a result, the woods are amazingly free of instabilities that can affect long-term performance or natural mellowing.

Even bindings are wood. Instead of the celluloid used on most guitars, bindings are natural maple. This greatly improves tone and acoustic qualities. Of course, using wood is more difficult and takes more time, but it's worth it. Because natural wood bindings expand and shrink with the body of the guitar, tolerances are extremely close. So close, in fact, we have to use computerized precision machinery to cut the exact width and depth.

Finishing is equally painstaking. Tops are carefully hand-sanded. Lacquer is applied with a special heat process that penetrates the wood evenly without sealing the wood -- so it can breathe for correct aging and resonance.

Improved "X" bracing. Bracing on the Arbor Series is another integral part of its "tuned" system. Hohner uses "X" bracing, usually found on only the most expensive guitars, and modifies it with bracings offset to the center of the "X." The spruce braces are slimmer than most, and all edges are hand-scalloped so the tops resonate better. Rosewood instead of spruce is used at the base of the "X" under the bridge to transmit more "vibes."

No detail overlooked. Wherever you look on the Arbor Series, you'll see the same thoughtful eye for detail. Necks are dovetailed into the body, not doweled as on other guitars. Routing for inlays is deeper to avoid the cracking customary with other instruments. All trim is handset wood inlay -- there are no decals. And fingerboards are solid hand-sanded rosewood with polished nickel silver frets.

The Arbor Series by Hohner is one of a full line of acoustic and electric guitars made by Hohner. When you see them and hear their rich, full-bodied sounds, you'll agree that 5 years isn't too long to wait for a superior guitar. You can prove it at your music dealer's now.
M. Hohner Inc., Andrews Road, Hicksville, New York 11802.

LGOberean
August 17th, 2013, 03:25 AM
Just picked up an HG 940 and was looking for some history on it. Dated May,1981. In a previous thread, someone said that the "G" models were started in 1980 and the HG were earlier. Mine says 1981 but is an HG. What 's going on? Whats the difference? Were these made in Japan or Korea? How much did it cost new back in the day? What's it worth now? Sorry for so many questions but I like knowing the history of my guitars.
JB

JB, can you tell us just how your HG-940 is dated "May, 1981"? My G-940 has no definitive dating that I can find. I bought it new in the spring of 1983. Of course, I don't know how long the store had it before I bought it.

Or better yet, can you show us how your HG-940 is dated? In other words, how about posting some pics of your new acquisition, including some shots of inside the soundhole?

roffe
August 18th, 2013, 01:47 PM
http://forum.gitarnorge.no/uploads/monthly_12_2010/post-5847-0-85348100-1293363769.jpg

Here's my G3T, I've installed GFS pickups which was a nice upgrade from the EMG Selects.

jbrewery
August 19th, 2013, 08:53 AM
Thanks for the info Larry. I will send pics of HG 940 tonight if I can figure out how. I've never posted or chatted online before. My kids might have to help me. Sucks getting old.
BTW -I think the date is stamped on the neck block.
jb

Orvillian
August 20th, 2013, 01:39 PM
I am looking forward to seeing this 940.

LGOberean
August 21st, 2013, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the info Larry. I will send pics of HG 940 tonight if I can figure out how. I've never posted or chatted online before. My kids might have to help me. Sucks getting old.
BTW -I think the date is stamped on the neck block.
jb

I don't find anything stamped on the neck block of my G-940. Here are a couple of new pics I've just uploaded to my TDPRI Telephoto account.

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/medium/My_Hohner_G-940_in_the_soundhole_-_1.jpg
http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/medium/My_Hohner_G-940_in_the_soundhole_-_2.jpg

I'm lousy at taking pictures, sorry. :oops:

In the first pic I managed to cut off the stamp on the center strip that says "Hand Crafted Hohner International." I just got the model # and "Made in Japan."

The second pic is obviously a pic of one of the cross braces with some kind of number stamped on it. The stamp is upside down from the perspective of looking at it through the soundhole, and the D string kind of gets in the way, but the stamped # reads "S13."

And that's it. Well, on the backside of the headstock there is a little foil stamp that reads "Made in Japan," and underneath that stamped on the wood in ink is "Hohner." But there is no other visible information on mine, as far as a serial number or a date is concerned.

How does this compare to yours, JB? Or David, for that matter?

magicmarc
August 21st, 2013, 03:18 PM
Hi all, I'm new to thr geoup thought I'd give an intro. My name is Todd, I'm 47 and have a guitar addiction problem. My two favorites are my Hohner HJ3 and my Hohner HJ5. Very nice instruments. I'm am currently looking for the HJ4 in Translucent Blue. Has anyone seen one of these? I've seen two for sale that are black. Did Hohner ever actually get the HJ4 in trans blue released? Not alot of info out there on this model run. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Todd.

/
Hi Todd,
My name is Marc and I am new to this site and your interest in the HJ-4 caught my eye.I have a beautiful HJ-4 I'm selling if u r interested.It comes with a new Guardian hard shell case.It is in excellent like new condition.I could see how you thought they came in black,as mine is very dark but as far as I know the blue tint was the only color issued in the HJ-4.I could follow up with pics if u like.Thanks--M

jbrewery
August 22nd, 2013, 06:20 PM
Here are my pics...hopefully. There was a new top put on in 2004 ( there is a sticker inside with the Luthier's name.. No markings "Made in......".

Bluesfan7
August 23rd, 2013, 04:20 PM
Thanks Marc looking forward to seeing HJ4.

jimtone
August 25th, 2013, 04:57 PM
I own 2 Hohner Limited Edition HG model guitars from the mid 1970s. I have an HG-310 which is the Hank Williams ad and the HG-320 and both are Limited Edition "hand made for Hohner" in Japan and both have solid bear glaw spruce tops with solid rosewood sides and backs. I saw an HG-310 haveing a neck reset a few years before finding my 2 guitars and when looking at the neck joint with the neck removed I could see the sides were solid rosewood and the binding was separating near the neck joint on the back side which showed the back on the bottom piece was also solid rosewood(back is 2 pieces on the HG-310 and 3 pieces on the HG-320). I read a sales brochure from 77' for the Limited Edition Hohners that said the bodies were solid and not laminated, but I'm thinking this may have changed as they moved past the 1978 models since I've seen newer HG-320s without the theater ticket shaped "hand made for Hohner" plaq next to the paper lable in the soundhole that didn't say Limited Edition. I've also noticed other Hg-310 guitars with the headstock shaped like the later Arbor models where mine both have the headstock shaped like a Martin with no beveled end. These older HG models are really very loud and have the great tone of a pre 70s Martin.

Orvillian
August 26th, 2013, 11:50 AM
Here are my pics...hopefully. There was a new top put on in 2004 ( there is a sticker inside with the Luthier's name.. No markings "Made in......".

That is the first time I have seen a date stamped on one of these HG 900 series models.

LGOberean
August 26th, 2013, 06:14 PM
Here are my pics...
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/attachments/guitar-owners-clubs/194774d1377209600-hohner-owners-photo-4-jpg
http://www.tdpri.com/forum/attachments/guitar-owners-clubs/194776d1377209600-hohner-owners-photo-5-jpg


That is the first time I have seen a date stamped on one of these HG 900 series models.

Me too, that's a first for me as well. I should clarify that I'm talking about pictures of serial #'s/inside the soundhole of other HG 900 series guitars. The only 900/Arbor series guitar I've ever had eyes and hands on directly is my own.

BTW, speaking of interesting soundhole information, has anyone seem something like what I have in mine, i.e., that upside down stamp on one of the cross braces, "S13"? I reported this along with a pic in a post on the previous page (see below for that pic again), but I've never known just quite what to make of it.

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/medium/My_Hohner_G-940_in_the_soundhole_-_2.jpg

Bluesfan7
August 26th, 2013, 11:23 PM
Hey guys, got contacted through the list about a week ago from an individual with an HJ4 for sale. After correspondances and a few phone calls and a bunch of pics, it is on its way here to be with the HJ3 and HJ5. Got the fed ex tracking today and its on the way. I'll post pics of all three together shortly, its due in approx. Thursday. This is so awesome, but it leaves the question......now that I have it, What will I be looking for next? The search is over. I currently have nothing on the front or back burners. Kind of strange to have arrived at this point after all the searches and dead ends. What will catch my eye? Well, whatever it is, it should be interesting at the very least. I'll post again soon. Later. Todd.

Bluesfan7
August 26th, 2013, 11:31 PM
I think I may have unsubscribed from the list inadvertantly during my HJ4 frenzy. Do I need to go through the subscription process again? or, can i be reinstated via this post? Thanks again for your time. Todd.

Bluesfan7
August 29th, 2013, 04:40 PM
Well it is here and in very nice condition. Plastic is still on the pick guard and it is a deep blue, but the stripes show beautifully when the light hits it right. This is what I've been looking for. I'm posting all three, the HJ 3,4, and 5. also threw in a few pics of the Fender reso cutaway that was a $50 pawn shop find during the HJ4 search. I really love these Honers!

Bluesfan7
August 29th, 2013, 04:43 PM
It was too cool and low priced to leave it at the pawn shop. It has a telecaster pickup in it as well so maybe some relevence to the list?

Bluesfan7
August 29th, 2013, 04:45 PM
My wife just said "Happy birthday baby" so yes it is! So how hard is it to find an HG 940 as in the previous post?

LGOberean
September 3rd, 2013, 02:53 AM
Unfortunately, HG-940s are not easy to find. I bought mine new in 1983. I've wanted to find another one or even an HG-950 for some time now. So far, no luck. Good luck to you in your search.

Orvillian
September 5th, 2013, 02:14 PM
Me too, that's a first for me as well. I should clarify that I'm talking about pictures of serial #'s/inside the soundhole of other HG 900 series guitars. The only 900/Arbor series guitar I've ever had eyes and hands on directly is my own.

BTW, speaking of interesting soundhole information, has anyone seem something like what I have in mine, i.e., that upside down stamp on one of the cross braces, "S13"? I reported this along with a pic in a post on the previous page (see below for that pic again), but I've never known just quite what to make of it.

I will have to get into mine with the dental mirror and see what else I might find.

LGOberean
December 2nd, 2013, 05:04 PM
Well, it's been a while! :shock: I have a new post to make that is somewhat related to Hohner guitars, specifically my Hohner G-940.

Some of you may have noticed I have a new avatar. Here it is in a larger size...

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/medium/PawPaw_Playing_Guitar_by_Elizebeth.jpg

This is a drawing of me playing my beloved Hohner G-940. And the artist is my 15 year old granddaughter Elizebeth (family spelling). After our Thanksgiving celebration, I was playing guitar, sitting in the rocking chair my wife and I bought when we found out she was pregnant with our firstborn and first daughter, Elizebeth's mother. I've posted a pic of Elizebeth before, when she was 10 years old with my mahogany Logan Tele slung over her shoulders...

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/medium/Elizebeth_with_my_Logan_Tele.jpg

Elizebeth didn't get the details of the Hohner right; she was I guess more focused on capturing her PawPaw. I had my hair tied back, was wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt, with the typical blue jeans and roper boots. I had Beth take a pic of me posed the way I was that afternoon, but I'm not only lousy at taking pics, I'm also easily befuddled at trying to save them to my hard drive from my wife's email! :oops: I'll get that one up later, with my wife's help. So in addition to the artistic rendering, another pic of my G-940 is on the way! :grin:

Orvillian
December 3rd, 2013, 02:13 PM
Nice drawing.

LGOberean
December 6th, 2013, 12:35 AM
Thanks. I'm very proud of her. I look forward to seeing where this goes for her.

This kind of artistic talent amazes me. I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler, :oops: so to watch her just dash this off in 20-30 minutes while I'm noodling around on my Hohner in the living room...well, again, amazing! :grin:

boyan11
December 7th, 2013, 02:24 PM
My Hohner Reso. I upgraded the cone to a national and ToneRited it which really helped (Tonerite was after this video)

smI7JophD68

LGOberean
December 24th, 2013, 02:55 PM
Sorry I'm a little late in responding, but that was sweeeeet!!! Okay, pretty bluesy, so maybe bittersweet! :roll:

Are you going to do another vid that showcases the effects of the Tonerite playing-in? I've never known anyone to use one. So in your opinion that device really works?

boyan11
December 24th, 2013, 07:10 PM
Sorry I'm a little late in responding, but that was sweeeeet!!! Okay, pretty bluesy, so maybe bittersweet! :roll:

Are you going to do another vid that showcases the effects of the Tonerite playing-in? I've never known anyone to use one. So in your opinion that device really works?

Hey Larry, thank you!

I think making a video showing the ToneRite would be a difficult task for me and I've seen some pretty well made ones and they still don't convince me, especially after using the device. I'd say just try it and see if it works for you.

The ToneRite… it definitely worked great on some of my guitars: It definitely helped the reso a whole lot, as it did help my Ovation baritone acoustic. Those were big time improvements and easy to catch.
There was a small improvement in my dreadnaught and I didn't really hear a difference in the electric ones (strat, tele). I kept a log of what guitar, when the process was started/ended, results…

Also, the effect is somewhat temporary - if you don't play that particular instrument it will go back to sleep. The dreadnaught fell asleep soon after, the reso is still ok, the baritone I play 4 times a year so I don't even know (don't judge hehe)

I'd say try it for yourself if you are interested. There's a lot of contradicting opinions on the subject and I think to each their own. It worked for me.

Thanks again,

Boyan

LGOberean
December 25th, 2013, 11:58 AM
Hmmm...interesting. I've never heard anyone talk about their played in guitars going back to sleep before.

I have a dreadnaught (my beloved Japanese 30 year old vintage Hohner G-940) that stays sweet. Not ToneRite treated, just played a bunch over the decades. (For 17 years, she was my only guitar, and was played daily.) I haven't noticed a reversal of played-in effects. But then again, she still gets a lot of play at home.

Oh, and BTW, while I'm posting here, I'd like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! :grin:

boyan11
December 26th, 2013, 03:10 PM
Hmmm...interesting. I've never heard anyone talk about their played in guitars going back to sleep before.

I have a dreadnaught (my beloved Japanese 30 year old vintage Hohner G-940) that stays sweet. Not ToneRite treated, just played a bunch over the decades. (For 17 years, she was my only guitar, and was played daily.) I haven't noticed a reversal of played-in effects. But then again, she still gets a lot of play at home.

You are right! Mine are new guitars and I have many and even though I gig daily, not all of them get the attention they deserve. I won't ToneRite my acoustic workhorse because even if it's only 4 years old it already has mileage on it and it doesn't need to be played in.

If you don't play a guitar it will go to sleep, I have no doubt about that, but other people might have different observations. It probably varies by instrument too.

Hogdaddee
December 29th, 2013, 12:57 AM
Hohner 12 string acoustic made in Japan, stamped G12B; 6 digit neck serial # has "N" stamped above it; separate 5 digit body serial #.

http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_027_1388267478.jpg
http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_026_1388267538.jpg
http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_022_1388267557.jpg
http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_020_1388267647.jpg

Any info on this model would be appreciated!

zen-box
January 12th, 2014, 01:58 PM
It's to my eternal shame.

However, here's a couple of pictures of what I've been doing rather than going to my workshop and actually working ..

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00023_zps4f144c1f.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00023_zps4f144c1f.jpg.html)

It's an 87xxxxxx Hohner professional(ish),
I got it painted and thrown rather badly back together with crap action and dodgy wiring. The colour flips from a dark rootbeer 'flake, through purple, an' blues, depending on the lighting .. It came with an emg select in the neck, and a lovely dimarzio in the bridge (which is destined for the encore lp junior i'm currently working on).

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00012_zpsa1f6e2eb.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00012_zpsa1f6e2eb.jpg.html)

I cleaned it up, fixed it up with a home brewed pick guard made from 3mm acrylic and engineered on with double-sided sticky tape .. TOG sparkly high output humbuckers, wired it with a reverse engineered epiphone pro wiring harness to give two volumes with push/pull pots for series/parallel, a single tone, and an all black 3-way, the tuners are now wilkinsons.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00007_zps192e391c.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00007_zps192e391c.jpg.html)

Am massively happy with it now, it scratched an itch you could say .. and i'm loving the fat single-coil'esque tones it produces in parallel. Was originally goint to just coil-tap it, but hey, you know how it is when you get to the seymour duncan wiring micro site, and find all those different choices ??

:mrgreen:

Anyhoo, just thought i'd show you all, I really will pull the other 'un out of it's case and snap off a few pics. Sorry !

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00040_zpsd8796812.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00040_zpsd8796812.jpg.html)

Have also just finished my hohner-necked partscaster. Will only bore you with the details if requested ..

LGOberean
January 13th, 2014, 07:02 PM
Hohner 12 string acoustic made in Japan, stamped G12B; 6 digit neck serial # has "N" stamped above it; separate 5 digit body serial #.

http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_027_1388267478.jpg
http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_026_1388267538.jpg
http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_022_1388267557.jpg
http://axvault.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Guitars_020_1388267647.jpg

Any info on this model would be appreciated!

Here I am, late as usual in responding. :oops:

I don't know much of anything about the specific model, but I hope to learn more. Maybe David has some info? If not, I'll do some digging and see if I come up with anything. In the meantime, how about your review of your own Hohner 12?

LGOberean
January 13th, 2014, 07:15 PM
It's to my eternal shame.

However, here's a couple of pictures of what I've been doing rather than going to my workshop and actually working ..

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00023_zps4f144c1f.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00023_zps4f144c1f.jpg.html)

It's an 87xxxxxx Hohner professional(ish),
I got it painted and thrown rather badly back together with crap action and dodgy wiring. The colour flips from a dark rootbeer 'flake, through purple, an' blues, depending on the lighting .. It came with an emg select in the neck, and a lovely dimarzio in the bridge (which is destined for the encore lp junior i'm currently working on).

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00012_zpsa1f6e2eb.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00012_zpsa1f6e2eb.jpg.html)

I cleaned it up, fixed it up with a home brewed pick guard made from 3mm acrylic and engineered on with double-sided sticky tape .. TOG sparkly high output humbuckers, wired it with a reverse engineered epiphone pro wiring harness to give two volumes with push/pull pots for series/parallel, a single tone, and an all black 3-way, the tuners are now wilkinsons.

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00007_zps192e391c.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00007_zps192e391c.jpg.html)

Am massively happy with it now, it scratched an itch you could say .. and i'm loving the fat single-coil'esque tones it produces in parallel. Was originally goint to just coil-tap it, but hey, you know how it is when you get to the seymour duncan wiring micro site, and find all those different choices ??

:mrgreen:

Anyhoo, just thought i'd show you all, I really will pull the other 'un out of it's case and snap off a few pics. Sorry !

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c148/sid-eco/DSC00040_zpsd8796812.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/sid-eco/media/DSC00040_zpsd8796812.jpg.html)

Have also just finished my hohner-necked partscaster. Will only bore you with the details if requested ..

Well, that's interesting. An iridescent paint job? :wink: :lol: In the pics showing the headstock, the color of the headstock seems more of a blue hue, while the body looks more purple. I'm guessing that's a lighting/angle thing. And the pickguard is on with double sided sticky tape? :shock: Never heard of that before. Why not screws?

So what about your other project there? The neck is the only Hohner part? What guitar did it come from? What about wiring and pups?

zen-box
January 13th, 2014, 08:48 PM
Yeah, the strat's paint changes hue depending upon the available light and it's intensity; I started out loving it's purpleyness, then decided it was way too much colour all in one place, hence the pickguard really - I thought it'd tone the whole thing down a bit .. taping it is s'posed to make it look cleaner, more sano, and tie in with it's blackness !!

It sounds fabby though, parallel seems to be the way my ears are heading (this week).

The Tele's wearing a lovely, slippery st59 neck (the best 'leccy hohner pro neck imho), has fender tuners and a brass nut; It's a very old Aria thru-strung body, a bit battered, but that helps me not baby it too much .. squier classic vibe nickel control plate and bridge, tonerider hot classics, custom shop 4 way following fenders wiring plan, 250k cts pots and a sprague orange drop cap. I even changed out the strap buttons, so only the body remains now from the original guitar. The knobs are hand made on a small and windy island in the north of scotland.

I set it on the high side as i do like to hit it hard sometimes :mrgreen: it plays beautifully though, staggeringly better than before, and no longer gives me pain when I play it. I really hated the aria neck, and the pickups/electrics were mediocre to say the least. It's much more expressive and responsive now, and i'm particularly loving the extra output of 'position 4', which sounds just like the westone clipper six i owned as a kid (which I de-assembled to store, and was then stolen from the storage facility :sad:)

Am just about to start on a righty encore les paul double-cut copy next, and still at the planning/collecting stage for an esquired breadwinner/deacon rip-off !!

seems I'm afflicted.

LGOberean
January 14th, 2014, 03:43 AM
You say you're afflicted, I say you would have made a fine tinker in a bygone era in Stowmarket. I don't mean a tinker in a gypsy context, or as derogatory, but in the sense of one repairing or improving by making changes and adjustments. IOW, modding, as we say here.

LGOberean
January 15th, 2014, 04:52 AM
Hogdaddee, searching for info on your Hohner G12B is a reminder of how little is out there on Hohner models. So far, I haven't found very much.

In a document I've mentioned before, the Hohner - Historical Guitar Models, there are no G-series acoustic models listed. But we know there are models stamped G, and that in some cases they correspond to guitars with the same specs bearing the model # stamp HG. My G-940 from the Arbor series case in point. I'm guessing the same may apply to your 12 string.

On page 11 of the aforementioned document there is a listing for an HG-12 and an HG-12D. In the category column it is simply identified as an "acoustic." In this document, this general category listing applies to acoustics and acoustic/electrics (or "electro-acoustic," as they are called).

Unfortunately, the description column is blank, so there are no specs, not even specifying that it's a 12 string. But in addition to the model name and category information, there is a "Year from-to" column, and for the HG-12 and the HG-12D, it is said to be made from 1978-1985. And you already know it was made in Japan. I found a couple of old listings of an HG-12D for sale, identifying it as a 12 string.

So I'm guessing that your G-12B corresponds to an HG-12(D), and that the "B" appended to yours might indicate the color Black. Can't identify the specific date, but at least this gives you a date range. Hope somebody else out there has more info for you.

Hogdaddee
January 18th, 2014, 05:34 AM
Larry, thanks for the info. I've seen quite a few pics and listings of the Hohner HG (G) series six strings, a few of the 12 strings but none of either in black.

quietlygrateful
January 24th, 2014, 04:17 PM
Can anyone help identify this Guitar please?

I bought this off ebay about 5 years ago,
216797

216798

216799

216800

LGOberean
January 25th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Once again, I have to lament the scarcity of definitive information on Hohner model numbers. That said, I have found a few bits of information.

It looks like your LP copy is a Hohner HG-430LP. The logo and inlay on the headstock of yours matches the HG-430LP series. But I haven't found another example in this series with 3 humbuckers. Is that middle pickup an aftermarket addition, perchance? Here is a page from a period (1977) catalog.

http://arkay.de/temp/cat_1977hohner_electrics_page03.jpg

This catalog description states that a Wine Red color is also available, which I assume is the color of yours.

In some discussion forums, a range of dates from the mid to late '70s to mid '80s is given. In the Hohner - Historical Guitar Models document that I often refer to, it gives the date of production as just the year of 1977, which is the year of the catalog page shown above. Here is the description from the Hohner - Historical Guitar Models document.

Mahogany body, neck and headpiece, fully bound. Bolt on neck. Rosewood fingerboard, perloid markers. Tune-o-matic style bridge. Stop tail piece. Gold plated hardware. Scale 24 3/4". Deluxe humbuckers with adjustable posts. Individual volume and tone controls for each pick up. Ebony black, tobacco sunburst, cherry sunburst, natural grain maple; made in Japan? by Hohner UK

Hope this helps.

quietlygrateful
January 27th, 2014, 12:16 PM
Hi Larry, sorry for delay in replying and thanks for the info
I have seen 2 other Hohner guitars with 3 pickups and there identical to mine colour and everything so I don't think the middle pickup is an aftermarket affair but as you say trying to get information on it is pretty scarce

When I purchased it some 5 years ago the guy told me that it used to belong to someone who was in the Karl Denver trio a band from the 60s (don't know how true).
It plays great albeit a tad heavy. ill try and put some better pictures on for you to have a look.
Thanks again Larry

Kindest Regards

steve

quietlygrateful
January 27th, 2014, 12:23 PM
217210

217211

217212

217213

quietlygrateful
January 27th, 2014, 12:25 PM
217214

quietlygrateful
January 27th, 2014, 12:30 PM
Hi Larry
just an observation, the HG-430 LP in the catalogue does not appear to have the binding around the Headstock like mine, the plot thickens

Kindest regards
steve

LGOberean
January 27th, 2014, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the additional pics.

Don't have the time I'd like now to respond. My wife and I just got back home after eating out, and she wants to watch a show in a few minutes. However, here's something I was working on before we went out.

The guitar in the Karl Denver Trio was not the Hohner HG-430 of the 1970s. Throughout the '60s (and beyond), Kevin Neil of the Karl Denver Trio played lead guitar on a 1950s vintage Guild Stratford X-350, a hollow-bodied electric equipped with 3 P-90 pickups and a Hofner style control plate.

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/4/3/0/2/8/4/webimg/650930353_tp.jpg

http://www.mainstreetvintageco.com/catalog/item/4827275/5419719_files/1_GUILDx375_8_002.jpg

1962 Guild advertisement
http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/graphics/guild1962.jpg

quietlygrateful
January 28th, 2014, 01:02 PM
Hi Larry, hope you enjoyed you evening out.
I have done some research on Karl Denver Trio and your right, cant find a hohner anywhere.
The guy I bought the guitar from 5 years ago was from Blackley in Manchester UK and funnily enough Kevin Neil was from Blackley also, so there may be some truth in that he may of actually owned the guitar, however still cant find any info on it or there being a Hohner LP copy with three Humbuckers.i'll keep looking
thank you for your time.
kindest regards

steve

LGOberean
February 4th, 2014, 12:22 PM
Yeah, again, the scarcity of definitive information about Hohner models is frustrating. Still, your posts of pics and such, combined with the catalog page and dates seems to bring us generally closer to the story behind this LP copy. If it were black I'd say it was Hohner's copy of the Black Beauty.

LGOberean
February 6th, 2014, 12:42 PM
I've been thinking lately about a resonator. Well, I've actually been curious about one for a while now, but...well, you know how it is.

I don't remember any discussion of them in this thread, but I've got it in my head from somewhere that Hohner makes or made resonators. Can anyone confirm this? If so, does anybody have one?

slacker
February 20th, 2014, 09:10 PM
Aloha everyone

Hey LGOberean I have some video but I have to figure out how to load it - its from a performance we did at the Fairmont Kea Lani end of December!!!!!
I stay crusin on Hawaiian time hahahaha

but the real order for this post is simple... the HG730... the Hohner copy of the Guild F50 jumbo.... Any Thoughts or Opinions and Do's and Don'ts??? theres a couple for sale on eeebay and both are within an acceptable price range. BUT ID BE BUYING BASED ON THE FACT MY HG360M IS A CANNON AND PLAYS LIKE A DREAM....any input is much appreciated

And I'l work on getting that video up....

LGOberean
February 21st, 2014, 09:59 AM
Looking forward to that video...

Haven't played an HG-730, but I found some pics and bare bones specs. Like you said, a clone of a Guild F-50, spruce top, rosewood back & sides, 3 piece back, bound rosewood fretboard w/ abalone inlays. eBay and other sources say it's MiJ, which is consistent with the dates of the production run (1978-1985), as per the oft-referred to Historical Guitar Models document, the same dates for the whole HG-700 line. Here are the pics ...

http://a2.images.reverb.com/image/upload/v1386184174/ueis2yc1y3u6p2fo52jf.jpg http://a4.images.reverb.com/image/upload/v1386184177/puraohbfebaqqxd25htm.jpg
http://a3.images.reverb.com/image/upload/v1386184158/phwpm9zf3yjaaatuqwzg.jpg http://a2.images.reverb.com/image/upload/v1386184161/hvsi7xdabdhygk9w8uqr.jpg
http://a4.images.reverb.com/image/upload/v1386184168/dd9y5c1c8dmaingctc9i.jpg

And here is a video review of the HG-700. This model is probably a few steps down from the HG-730, but hopefully it's a fair representation of that series.

zuxtIyG42EI

slacker
February 21st, 2014, 04:04 PM
thanks LGO
my thoughts exactly!
I am going to pull the trigger...
I'll post pics shortly
i saw the video you posted the other day. dude paid only $100 for that one.... DEAL!

hopefully the one I am buying plays as nice (or nicer, if possible) than my HG360M.
I think they will look nice paired up together. but the sound... thats the important thing....

slacker
February 21st, 2014, 04:44 PM
Trigger Pulled!!!

Here's the pics of the HG730 I am in the process of acquiring...





$699 Guitar + $99 HSC + $50 Shipping = $850

s/n 712045

i really like the look the custom blue rose paint job adds. Its not for everyone, the "every rose has its thorn" look, but I will take it! and the fret markers are very classy. C'mon tone!!!!!!!!!!

I was looking at the Blueberry guitars (specifically the Orchid Jumbo) but thats talking $3k... granted they are all hand carved and they use angel tears to lubricate the tuning gears and whatnot...

I am anticipating this little $850 investment is going to feel like $2k and sound like $3k.

So what... am I crazy? Or just nuts?

LGOberean
February 25th, 2014, 04:03 AM
That paint job isn't for me, but that 3 piece rosewood back is beautiful! And yeah, the position markers! :grin:

Hope she is a cannon and plays like butter for ya! :mrgreen:

slacker
February 25th, 2014, 07:15 PM
dude, NO ONE like the pain job apparently
hahaha
I'm cool with it, obviously, my wife likes it, but then, thats it.
The head of the music department, my bandmates, other people in the music program... they all hate it. I kinda like that though. I don't know why I have to fight against the grain so much with a smile but what the hell.

The shop is swearing up and down the tonality is beautiful. I figure, worst case scenario in the event the sound sucks, I'll have to spend a extra few dollars and have the top refinished. (I wonder what Steve Grimes will charge to even speak to me about potential repair work) I'll have my balance paid off by the end of the week and then it'll be shipped to me here on Maui.

I'll post pics upon arrival....

Aloha

LGOberean
March 1st, 2014, 02:37 PM
Over in the "Resonators" thread, I've been checking out the Hohner HR-200CE model.

http://elderly.com/images/new_instruments/50N/HR200CE_front.jpg

http://totalmusicsource.com/images/images_extra/hr200ce7.jpg

In that thread, fellow TDPRIer boyan11 posted about his Hohner HR-200CE. He even posted a YT vid of a song where he used his Hohner reso for a solo.

Anyone else out there have one of these?

BB
March 1st, 2014, 04:42 PM
Here is my beauty....a 1978 Hohner HG360R. This was a gift from a great brother on the forum here. First off, I am blown away by his generosity, kindness and giving heart. However, after knowing him for a while, this type of offering does not surprise me one bit.....he has an amazing heart to give. Anyway, I love this guitar! Not only does it play beautifully, the tone is truly splendid.

slacker
March 1st, 2014, 04:55 PM
BB.... That 360R is rad!
You got hooked the F up. Wow. Nice friend.
If you ever want to part with that thing.... hahahaha. DONT!!!!

The neck on my 360M plays unlike any other neck I have had my hands around.
What do you reckon the neck & fingerboard to be made of?
Are you going to be adding any pickup to it, or keep it as is?

I was hoping to find one of those when I stumbled on the 730 I bought... congrats

BB
March 3rd, 2014, 02:41 PM
Thank you slacker! I dig your 360M!! I would love to play these two side by side and compare the tone between maple back and sides and rosewood back and sides.

One thing I do know is the Arbors and HG's of this ilk are wonderful guitars. You mentioned how good the neck feels and I agree 100%....just a great feeling neck. Top notch woods put together by top notch luthiers equals a top notch guitar.

Mine has an amazing amount of volume, but even more than that is how detailed and complex the tone is. Also, for a dread sized guitar, this baby responds to finger picking like a 0. Just a crazy, crazy good, quality guitar.

LGOberean
March 3rd, 2014, 07:22 PM
I'm wondering about this. I've been looking at budget resonators in general, and the Hohner HR-200CE specifically. Well, it seem SX guitars has a reso model that is the same as the Hohner, except for the headstock.

http://elderly.com/images/new_instruments/50N/HR200CE_front.jpg
http://www.rondomusic.net/photos/acoustic/reso3cefrbk4.jpg

It looks to me like this reso is just manufactured by whatever factory in China or somewhere, and the name on the headstock depends upon the customer.

LGOberean
March 6th, 2014, 11:09 AM
Late last month I did a recording session in a local studio. My wife's Christmas present to me was a day of studio time. I promptly came down with bronchitis, and so wasn't able to redeem the gift until Feb. 25th. Most of the songs recorded were using my beloved old Hohner G-940. I've posted pics of her numerous times, but here she is again just so you don't have to go scrolling through back pages...

http://www.tdpri.com/telephoto/data/500/My_Hohner_G940.jpg

The studio owner/engineer is the son of a good friend of mine. Of course he used mics to record my guitar, I don't know which ones, but I think they were Neumanns.

I haven't heard much of the final product yet, there is something wrong with the disc drive on my computer. When I get a chance, I'll listen to it on my wife's computer, and eventually I'll get her help in uploading a sound file or something (I'm pretty much useless when it comes to technology). That is, I'll upload something here if the final result isn't too embarrassing. :oops:

Orvillian
March 6th, 2014, 01:39 PM
If anyone is looking for a 930, I found this one on line today in the Kentucky area.

http://lexington.en.craigslist.org/msg/4356250261.html

Also an interesting 360m.

http://lexington.en.craigslist.org/msg/4355931318.html

slacker
March 6th, 2014, 02:05 PM
Larry - sounds like your wife is a good woman! I have to show your post to my wife so she can get the idea hahahaha. Looking forward to the sound clips.
I keep forgetting to have my wife help me with mine!

Orvillian - Nice finds there.
I noticed in the ad text for the 360M that the seller mentioned there were only 150 made. Does anyone know how to confirm that that was the number produced?

LGOberean
March 6th, 2014, 07:33 PM
Something's up with that HG-930.

I checked the link Orvillian provided for that CL listing of the 930 in Lexington. Then I wanted to refresh my memory about tonewoods on that model, so I Googled "Hohner Arbor series HG-930." The first thing that came up was this link...

https://reverb.com/item/76816-hohner-arbor-hg-930-yairi-70-s-japan

This guitar, previously owned by seller and Reverb.com member eric's Boutique of Windsor, WI, sold 2/22/2014 on Reverb.com, presumably for eric's asking price of $599 + $39 Shipping. Notice the pics. Here's one of the back, from the Reverb.com listing, and here's one of the back from that CL listing...

https://reverb-res.cloudinary.com/image/upload/v1393028188/hg3mhiubsdb7ajipn3qj.jpg
http://images.craigslist.org/00S0S_6LUDD52CCW2_600x450.jpg

Here are pics of the view of the guitar from the end pin looking forward, again, first from the Reverb page, then CL listing...

https://reverb-res.cloudinary.com/image/upload/v1393028213/jobo8fnwmhrwd1h70qby.jpg
http://images.craigslist.org/00f0f_fGwevGGedy_600x450.jpg

Same guitar, no question. The instrument is obviously sitting on the same footstool in both sets of pics.

Now I'm not trying to say that the CL listing is by someone trying to pull a fast one. I don't know that. Perhaps the Lexington/Jeffersonville person just borrowed the pics from Reverb.com. Maybe he's the very guy that bought the guitar from eric's Boutique, and now he's trying to sell it himself. Maybe his wife threatened him with mandated couch time or worse if he didn't get rid of the guitar she didn't want him to buy in the first place. Maybe it just wasn't to his liking, and so he's selling it (that I find difficult to believe, personally). Maybe he's even more technologically challenged than I am, and couldn't work out how to take his own pics and post them to CL, so he just borrowed eric's. I don't know.

But I do know that I would think twice about that guitar, and ask a bunch of questions. Caveat emptor.

Orvillian
March 7th, 2014, 09:15 AM
I appears both of those guitars I posted are listed with that same outfit, or were. I did the same search in regards to the 360m on build quantities and it took me to the same place. I personally have never been screwed over by Ebay or Craigslist but I agree that caution should be used. I bought my 930 via a gentleman over Craigslist having only communicated via email. I always know there is a chance I could get the shaft but so far, so good. These two listings would make me pause upon further review pending how communications went with the seller.

LGOberean
March 10th, 2014, 11:20 AM
Larry - sounds like your wife is a good woman! I have to show your post to my wife so she can get the idea hahahaha. Looking forward to the sound clips.
I keep forgetting to have my wife help me with mine!

Orvillian - Nice finds there.
I noticed in the ad text for the 360M that the seller mentioned there were only 150 made. Does anyone know how to confirm that that was the number produced?

Yeah, my wife is a keeper. If for no other reason, she deserves a medal or plaque or something for living with me for all these years. I've been happily married to her for 41 years come April 21st. (You'll have to ask her how many of those years were happy ones for her! :oops:)

As for the 360M, I've also seen the claim by owners/sellers that only 150 were made, but I can't verify that.

LGOberean
March 12th, 2014, 10:34 PM
Speaking of the HG-360 Limited Edition, I've often seen the full page ad in various music magazines of Bucky Barrett's endorsement.

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTYwMFgxMjA1/z/wPgAAOxy6~BR2x04/$(KGrHqN,!q8FG8jo2GgRBR2)04oMIQ~~60_57.JPG

Recently I came across it again, and noticed the part where the ad copy informs us that Barrett used his HG-360 on the rhythm track of "The King Is Gone." So I looked it up, and had a listen, and now post for your education, edification and enjoyment an example of a Hohner HG-360 LE in use in a studio session.

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slacker
March 13th, 2014, 02:17 AM
LARRY!!!
Nice post brotha!!!!
That's a way better sound clip than me posting up my version of "Puamana".
I'm off the hook? hahahaha

After reading the ad (again), maybe Bucky got a good deal on his HG360 because... he was a Hohner clinician at the time! Can't put that in the ad though hahaha

When I first got my 360 and was looking/trolling for info I kept seeing that ad... and not sure how I found it but I ended up emailing him (Bucky Barrett) directly to see what info you could provide on the guitar. AND HE RESPONDED. Very nice guy.

He explained that he was a Hohner clinician, and that he would go to New York and help with the designing. And that Hohner made some great guitars then... That bit from him is what gave me the gumption I needed to pull the trigger to get my 730 without ever feeling it or hearing it or even smelling it - don't you ever smell your guitars hahaha

Anyways, Bucky told me he loved his 360. But it, along with 22 other guitars and 12 amps were stolen. WHAT A BUMMER. He also said he still has a non cutaway acoustic he has used in the studio for years and years... I should ask him what model that is....
He'll probably look at my email, say "WTF! this dude again?!?", and delete it. Oh well i hope not lol

Now that guitar that takles up the page in the ad - thats the HG320 Martin Lawsuit model?

LGOberean
March 13th, 2014, 11:46 AM
Great story! Nice to hear more background on the guitars of the day and the pros using them. And it would be interesting to know what model he still has and uses.

Oh, and I relate to the smell thing! The more senses used the better, I say! :lol:

And I believe you're right, that is a HG-320 "lawsuit" model.

http://i.ebayimg.com/12/!CECsowwBmk~$(KGrHqYOKnEEz2p9dSHKBNQkC-6t1w~~_3.JPG
http://galleryplus.ebayimg.com/ws/web/150477477988_1_0_1/1000x1000.jpg

http://www.guitar-museum.com/guitar-32430-Hohner-HG-320

http://www.guitar-museum.com/uploads/guitar/152/32430-1.jpg
http://www.guitar-museum.com/uploads/guitar/152/32430-2.jpg
http://www.guitar-museum.com/uploads/guitar/152/32430-3.jpg
http://www.guitar-museum.com/uploads/guitar/152/32430-4.jpg

slacker
March 21st, 2014, 04:00 PM
Wow
So I heard back from Bucky. Super nice guy...

Whats the acoustic he has and still uses?
a 930!!!! He said he got it in 1976...

He also has a 805, which is a jazz box.
And also a 860, which is like a George Benson semi hollow (with a great flame maple top).

I forgot to ask him if it was okay to post his pictures.... I'll get permission and then load them up.

edit: but how about I post a few pics of my Hohner team?
Alright! hahaha

Hope everyone is having a good one
Aloha

Orvillian
March 21st, 2014, 04:04 PM
Wow
So I heard back from Bucky. Super nice guy...

Whats the acoustic he has and still uses?
a 930!!!! He said he got it in 1976...

He also has a 805, which is a jazz box.
And also a 860, which is like a George Benson semi hollow (with a great flame maple top).

I forgot to ask him if it was okay to post his pictures.... I'll get permission and then load them up.

Hope everyone is having a good one
Aloha

I am wondering if he is right on the year. It was my impression that none of the 900 series were made until '80

slacker
March 21st, 2014, 04:20 PM
I hear what you're saying Orvillian...
Based on the information we have to review.

What I'll do is when I ask Bucky about permission to post his pics I'll also link the document to him and get his opinion. What the hell dude already thinks Im nuts :)

But here's what I am thinking... you might have to look at it sideways, but lets stir the pot a little hahahaha

The Historical Guitar Models document...
...the document says production on the (limited edition) 360M was 1978-1985
My 360M is stamped 6 '77!!!
WHAT???

So..... I don't know how right that thing is.

Another dude I ran into (on the random! He sent me some nice pics too I'll have to ask if I can share them, too) mentioned his 360 was stamped 76.... he is the one that brought to my attention the date discrepancies.

I am curious what BB's is stamped *cough cough*

Thoughts? Opinions?

Orvillian
March 21st, 2014, 04:38 PM
You know what Slacker, I am thinking I am off on the '80 statement. I think '78 was the first year that the 900 series was introduced. It is cool that he is willing to shoot the breeze with you about it. Keep us posted.

slacker
March 21st, 2014, 04:47 PM
For sure!
Maybe I'll direct him here.... he is pretty savvy with the email action.

Just something to think about... he was a Hohner clinician, and was helping them in the designs, so maybe he has a prototype/preproduction guitar? Would kinda make sense.

Or, you know, he IS a long time pro musician... his memory could be a little... foggy from the good times, right hahahaha.

Aloha

BB
March 23rd, 2014, 11:15 AM
[QUOTE=slacker;5674593] I am curious what BB's is stamped *cough cough*

1978 for my HG 360-R.

LGOberean
April 19th, 2014, 07:53 PM
Today my wife and I went to a flea market and some antique shops in a nearby town. In one of the shops I saw a cheap guitar case and so I asked the proprietor about it. She said, "The guitar brand is something that starts with an 'H'."

"Would it be 'Hohner', by chance?" She said, "Yeah, I think that's it." With permission granted to open up the case, I did so, and sure enough, a Japanese vintage Hohner HG-14 classical! :grin: Solid cedar top, laminate mahogany back & sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard.

For a guitar that is 30 years old or more, it has the expected wear and tear, as in nicks and dings. On the top of the guitar there are a couple of scratches on the lower bout, one of which goes to the wood, but you don't really see them unless closer than 10 feet away.

Whoever owned this used a pick on it. So on the treble side of the soundhole there are scratch marks. (There was a 0.88 gauge nylon pick in the case, presumably that was the culprit.) But again, you have to be really up close to see the scratches.

Tuning keys were fine, and the guitar tuned up easily, and played well. I'm used to more projection from an acoustic guitar (I haven't owned a classical in 31 years).

As I began to test it out, other customers were coming into the shop. The mom & pop proprietors pulled up a chair for me and let me play as they attended to their other customers. People began to compliment my playing (you can fool some of the people some of the time :wink:), and thanked me for playing things that hadn't heard in a while.

The sticker price was $150, I counter-offered $100, and they came back with $125. I pulled the trigger! :grin: I knew basically what I had, especially since it was Japanese vintage, and I didn't want to walk away. Since I've gotten home, I see online where others have paid less for theirs, but I'm happy with my purchase.

Besides, the couple asked me to come back on a subsequent Saturday and play in their shop. They noticed the draw that live music was for their shop, so I should get a $200 gig out of this. A few hours of play on a Saturday, and I'll have earned more than I paid for this guitar. Sweet! :wink: :grin:

No pics yet, I'll get around to it when I can.

Orvillian
April 21st, 2014, 03:11 PM
You find the good deals.