Rodebald Hoyer "Alabama" thinline Hofner-style guitar - 1965 made in West Germany - killer condition

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Listed:7 months ago
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The Old Europe
Hamburg, Germany
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Welcome to another fine guitar from The Old Europe! Please make sure to read the entire description below carefully, and look at all the pictures.

General introduction and background:

Ultra, ultra rare Rodebald Hoyer guitar. The model appears in catalogues as "Alabama". Hoyer only made very few of them. This one is, according to the date stamp inside, from 1965. A big ship with awesome pickup sound.
Please watch the video!

Measurements, weight and other specs:

-     Scale: 640 mm

-     Nut: ~43 mm

-     Depth 6 cm - width 44 cm (17-18'')

-     Weight: 3,48 kg

-     Pickups: two airy single coils with low output, controlled by a 4 way rotary switch (off/1/2/both) a, volume poti, a tone rotary switch (subtle changes) and a Rhythm/Lead switch. The whole system was sourced from Schaller.

-     Body: sources claim that these were made of laminated maple back and sides and either a laminated or solid spruce or maple top.

-     Neck:  The neck looks like made of beech, with a rosewood fingerboard.


-     Body: Great condition with a few scratches, dings and dongs. Please refer to the pictures for an overview.

-     Neck: straight neck, despite no adjustable trussrod being available. The neck is held by a screw and sits nice and tight in its pocket. It is a medium girth neck with a 4,3 cm nut.

-     Electronics: fully functional, yet the two pickups our out of phase when combined.

-     Hardware: fully functional.

-     Originality: all original except for the tuners and the ebony bridge. Also one of the rotary switches was missing and was replaced.

Sound and Playability:

-     Playability and string action: The guitar plays easily with a string action of currently set to 1,8 mm. The frets are in good condition with only slight dents and crevasses (7/10), and don't need a refret or fretjob any time soon, as there is no buzz and fretting out.

 - Intonation: about right, the bridge can be moved about to set it. 

-     Sound: The 11 gauge Thomastik flatwoulds yield a soft, yet percussive tone when played acoustically;  Please watch the video for sound samples when played through an amp. 

Repairs, Service:

-     Complete cleaning of body, parts and fretboard

-     Frets polished and fretboard oiled

-     New 11 gauge Thomastik flatwound strings put on

-     Set up as good as possible

-     Ready to be played (just tune it up)

Auxiliary stuff:

-     No case included. Will be shipped in wrap and sturdy cardboard box.

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PACKAGING: All guitars are shipped out in a sturdy cardboard box with lots of filler material. Please note that for the protection of the environment, I am reusing used packaging material whenever I can.

SHIPPING: Please check the shipping quotes in this offer. I ship with insurance, worldwide. Usually I am able to ship the item on the same day or next day of received payment. Please allow 1-2 days from pick up for delivery in Germany, and 1-2 weeks within the EU. US, Canadian and over overseas buyers:  Shipping prices are of Fedex, which is expensive, but very reliable and delivers in ~3 days. Tracking is provided immediately when shipped out within the system. Please refrain from giving a review before you have received the guitar.

AFTER DELIVERY: After receiving the item, please inspect the package for obvious damages and make photos if there are any. After unpacking, check the item immediately for damages or other undocumented flaws. I accept a 14 days return and will pay for shipping if the item is in a different condition than described upon arrival. Please note that I will only take the item back entirely, but not grant any reduction of price and generally only accept returns if the item was unaltered after arrival.

CITES protection: all of the items I sell have been legally imported to the EU before January 1st 2017 and are registered with the authorities in Hamburg, Germany (if applicable).

DATA protection: German financial regulations demand that I keep your address on file in an invoice. The only information that I store is what this platform provides me. Please understand that I cannot delete that information from my files. You may ask what kind of info I have stored from you any time.

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