Hofner 455 model (1950-51)

In 1949 Hofner continued production after the war, and this was one of the first models. The old way of construction was still used for the body, with the sides without binding. A very expensive artisan process that disappeared in 1952, there are many differences with the following instruments.

They were only built with these features for two years and the production was very small. It is extremely rare to find a guitar like this in such good condition.

The maple and mahogany laminate only has two layers, one less than in the following years, this makes it more sonorous and sensitive to vibration. The fingerboard is made of pear wood, in those years in Germany rosewood was very expensive to use in these models and it was changed to pear wood. The spacing between the strings is greater and is easier to play.

The truner machines are not original. The original varnish has been fixed with a new coat of varnish, and retains the shine of the original three-tone sunburst.

Has numerous nicks and scratches, but no cracks or major repairs. The bronze frets are original reconditioned, and allow you to play comfortably with a very low string height and without fretting or hum. It has been completely revised, is in very good condition and fully operational!

This guitar has been authenticated and dated by the official Hofner vintage website.

"When Hofner re-commenced production in Moehrendorf, Bavaria after WW2 in 1949, the 455 was one of the archtop models offered. A very similar archtop had been produced with that model designation before the onset of the war when Hofner were based at Schoenbach in Bohemia."

Listed2 years ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
  • 455 model
  • "Sunburst"
  • 1950-51
Made In
  • Germany

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