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"Vintage" Höfner electric guitar

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by MaskedRider, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. MaskedRider

    MaskedRider Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 31, 2005
    Midwest
    I got this used Hofner 4578at a local store on Saturday.It needs a bit of work on the electronics. It plays well and sounds good but I can only use the neck pickup, the bridge pickup is weak and maybe needs a rewind. The Treble Boost and Fuzz work but only intermittently.Maybe it is the battery,otherwise it will need some rewiring too_Other than that the only other issues are the trussrod cover and the tremelo bar spring are missing.There is an old wooden dowel in place of the spring so it looks like someone disabled the the tremolo many years ago.

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  2. 62 Jazzmaster

    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

    What an interesting guitar, congratulations!
    It might just need some minor re-wiring to restore it to its original functioning.
    Please keep us updated on your progress with it.
     

  3. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire

    Oh my. That is a beauty. What do the switch and chicken-head knob in front of the treble boost do?
     

  4. valiant

    valiant Tele-Holic

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    Jan 16, 2009
    Burslem
    Hofner guitars along with Burns guitars were ubiquitous and popular in the early days of rock and roll in England while american guitars were very rare and expensive....in short
    Hofner guitars have a following and there are a few specialists in the UK who might have
    hard to find parts....check out the excellent "Hofner Hounds" website.
     

  5. tintag27

    tintag27 Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 18, 2010
    Macclesfield, UK
    Valiant is right about Hofner's UK popularity in the 50's and 60's. I had a Congress that I put a pickup on for my first electric guitar. They were very well built and had beautiful necks.
    The Verithin was our 335 substitute, and the Colorama was our Strat!
     

  6. valiant

    valiant Tele-Holic

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    Jan 16, 2009
    Burslem
    Hofner also made and make high end jazz arch tops and continue to make fine guitars in Germany but also now have their own far east budget line....however while they have of course done a high end made in Germany reissue of the violin bass and the Club 40 and 50 they have not unfortunately done a high end made in Germany period correct Verithin......the nearly always red Verythin with a Bigsby was very much the number one semi-acoustic in England back in the day and just why Hofner do not offer a high end made in Germany period correct reissue of this majestic beast is kinda daft like Gibson not bothering to make a 335.
    All Hail the Hofner Verithin.
     

  7. MaskedRider

    MaskedRider Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 31, 2005
    Midwest
    Thanks for the posts! My friend Ted Vig fixed the electronics!It was just a some stray globs of solder. Pickups are both good and the Fuzz and Treble boost work perfectly and sound really cool. I ordered a new old stock tremolo spring from Musikkeller in Germany. Now I just need a Truss rod cover and it will be complete.

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  8. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    A girlfriend's father had a Hofner Jazz box. They were German and he'd had it for a while. I remember it being hard to play, but I was a kid who used Super Slinkies, so I might think differently if I were to play it today.

    Congrats on your new (old) guitar!
     

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