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  In the Workshop.
   
 
   
  Giving new life to some old, interesting, rare or special Hofners makes for a great retirement hobby  ......... but it is just a hobby so some of these lovely old guitars may take me a year or more to finish! 
     
     
  Currently in my Workshop:
     
    New pickguard for #034 NYS-2
       
       
    #057  Hofner 190 Bass.

It looks worse in real life than in the pics but it has amazing tone.   I am looking for a Bass that can sound like a full size Double Bass ..... something jazzy!   This one is halfway there already and definitely worth a full restoration.   The pickups may be the secret.   They are Schaller single coils like the Melody Maker pickups Gibson used on the EB 300 and 400.   The positioning of the pickups also helps -  one at the neck,  one in the middle position. 

       
    #070  President Special.

Just Finished!

A very interesting "special" which I unearthed just outside Bubenreuth.   Almost certainly unique and in its original 80's cellulose, in "Cinnamon", a colour that Hofner have only recently introduced.    An  early experiment with a new colour perhaps!

Quite a stunner!

There will be a "Restorations" page soon showing the finished guitar.