As I said, I
believe this to be an important
Hofner with quite a history.
It is another
old guitar that was "acquired" by a Hofner employee
when the old factory closed. I know this
to be so because bought it directly from his family.
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, but I remember seeing
one very similar to this in Selmer's shop window in the
It had been abandoned in
dark corner of the factory until departing employees took
with them whatever they could carry when the Bubenreuth factory
This guitar has been the
subject of a loving restoration. When you have a guitar
in your hands every day, working in fine detail, you learn
a great deal about each instrument. Now I believe this
be a prototype made to show Werner Pöhlert in 1964.
President is a joy, very jazzy, mellow and rich
sounding and the nicest playing
President I ever have played.