Höfner guys, what do I have?

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  1. d barham

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    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Appears to be a senator, maybe. Haven’t found any others with two p-90’s. Mid 50’s I think. Impulse buy. You tell me.
     
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    Something pretty for sure! :)
     
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    how does it sound/play?
     
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    That bridge P-90 is right up on those thumb screws, makes me think it was not stock.
     
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    Sounds awesome. Plays good. Action is a little high but not bad. I think I like it.
     
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    I suspect it is not a pinned bridge. It could be that it's the bridge that's not placed quite right. How does it intonate?
     
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    Intonates good.
     
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    Closest I could find is a Model 4500, although the pickup switch is in a different spot and the tailpiece is different, and the P-90s are probably not original.

    Cool guitar, nonetheless. Those are quality instruments, congrats.

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    I suspect that what you have was a regular acoustic (or floating pickup) Senstor that was modded with the pickups. I've had a could of these over the years and they're cool guitars, I never really liked them unplugged - so your hotrodded take could be pretty interesting from a sound point of view. A mate of mine had a Verithin modded with P90s that sounded great.

    Hofner used German made pickups that weren't particularly based on US designs, so P90s weren't on their radar back then. Possible it had staple pickups like the one in the photo but it would be unusual (but not impossible) on a non-cutaway.

    The tailpiece on yours looks correct for a late 50s/early 60s Senator.
     
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    Can you post a picture of the headstock? Your guitar looks, at first glance, like a beautiful example of a Senator, with electrics added or modded later.
     
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