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  Restorations.
   
  Giving new life to some old, interesting, rare or special Hofners makes for a great retirement hobby.    I really enjoy these restorations so I like to keep a photographic record.

These pages track the progress of a just a few recent projects. 

     
     
  My approach to restoration.   

Most important, for me,  is to retain originality wherever possible.   

It is also important not to over-restore, or to be tempted to work on aspects that are perfectly OK.    I don't like to see a restored 50 year old guitar looking just like new!    I much prefer to see a restored 50 year old guitar looking as though it had been lovingly cared for and much played all its life.   So I usually try to follow four principles:

1   keep everything as original as possible,

2   don't do things that are not needed,

3   allow the guitar to influence how much restoration is appropriate.

4   make sure the finished guitar plays as well as possible.

   
   
  Some recently finished restorations:
     
     
    #005  Hofner Committee Thinline.

This was discovered in a loft in 2004 and by the look of it had been there a very long time.   It was stripped bare and very dirty.

I have spent the last five years sourcing all the correct age-related parts.   The guitar is from 1965 and so are all the parts.   Quite a labour of love.

Fortunately the guitar was in very good structural condition showing no signs of past repairs.   Consequently the restored guitar has become a very fine example of one of Hofners best.    

It looks and feels just right.   It plays superbly and sounds just as it should.

Click on the pic to see the Restoration.

       
    #067  Hofner President.

It had been in someone's loft for a very long while.     Dust,  mould and nylon strings!!

Fortunately,  underneath all the dust and mould there was a perfect, unmolested, President waiting to be played.

Now its looking just like new. 

Click on the pic to see the Restoration.

       
    #070  Hofner President Special.

This President was made by Hofner as a special, probably to prototype this lovely Cinnamon finish.

I bought it because of the colour so this restoration was all about making it look good again.   It just happens that it turns out to be a great player too!

 

Click on the pic to see the Restoration.

 

       
    #072  Hofner 458 Black Beauty.

I also uncovered this one which had been hidden away in a German loft.   

Underneath all the dust, however, was this beautiful 458 which only needed a good clean and polish,  its Bridge restored, a new pickguard and a full set-up.

So rewarding to do.

       
    #073  The Burgundy President.

I believe this to be an important Hofner.    You can read why by going to #073 in the Highlights section.

It is a President Thin E1 (something Hofner did not have in its catalogue of the period)  in a colour that was more associated with Framus than Hofner.

At first I thought it to be one of several "Specials" that Hofner regularly made for Exhibition.  

When you have a guitar in your hands every day, working on fine details, you learn a great deal about each instrument.    Now I believe this guitar to be a prototype made to show Werner Pöhlert in 1964.

Click on the pic to see the Restoration.

       
    #081  The Pöhlert Jazz Guitar.

This is an even more important Hofner.   

You can read why, and the whole background to this restoration by going to the "Highlights" section.

 

Click on the pic to see the Restoration.