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  #012   Hofner 173(ii).  
       
 
    This 173 arrived in pieces, wrapped in newspaper and saturated with the small of Garlic!!      The whole guitar seemed to be covered with an oily film.     I can only imagine that it had been hanging on a kitchen wall somewhere.    It took a week to strip it, clean it and inspect it.   

 

    The restoration that followed was comprehensive but the resulting guitar turned out to make a superb Blues machine.     The 513 pickups were perfectly matched for volume so the tonal possibilities were great.

I might look for another of these one day  ....   without the Garlic!

   

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