The following registers were compiled
between 2006 and 2019. The intention was to ask Hofner owners to fill in a
registration form which provided me with detailed information about their
guitar, in order that I could use that information in order to fully
understand the development progression of certain important Hofner models.
The models chosen for this treatment were mainly the Selmer-distributed
models, which were comparatively easy to date because of Selmer's insistence
on regimental serial number systems for Hofner-supplied guitars. The only
non-Selmer models also registered were the 500/1 bass guitar, the
125,126,127, & 128 Club-style guitars, and the 160,161,162,163, & 164
budget-level solid guitar range. I felt at the time that, for various
reasons, I had confidence that I would be able to accurately date those
non-Selmer models despite them not generally having serial numbers.
The above exercise has resulted in two separate documents for each model:
As well as using this information during the building-up of the website,
it also proved to be invaluable when compiling a book - "The Complete Hofner
Violin Bass Story" (Centerstream Publishing 2013). I hope that by
making the collated information available on the website, it has been of
use to other students of The Hofner Company's products, and that it will continue to be
so for many years.
Unfortunately, it has now become time to close down this registration process. Supervising it all has not been seamless by any means, with "registrations" being made frequently by "internet bots", and the misuse of registration forms by visitors wishing to make contact in order to make non-related queries. Even without such problems, the need to maintain a reasonable service during holidays had meant sitting at a laptop for many hours using an intermittent internet link in various parts of the world. The main reason however for curtailing the service is my worsening eye-sight, together with the need for me to spend a lot less time in front of a computer screen.
So, please accept my apologies if you have left the registering of your Hofner too late. If any of the owners already registered wish to contact me for any reason, i.e. if they have sold their guitar and do not wish to remain on the register, they have changed their location, or if any information is required for instance in the case of a stolen guitar, then please use the link below to get in touch.
To request an alteration to a register entry, CLICK HERE.
|HOFNER GUITAR MODEL||THE REGISTER ON THE WEBSITE FOR THAT MODEL||SCHEDULE OF DETAILS FOR EACH
|500/1 BASS (All versions up to Year 2000)||THE 500/1 BASS REGISTER||Individual Bass Details - General|
|Individual Bass Details - Japan|
|500/1 VIOLIN BASS (Selmer Serial No)||THE 500/1 (SELMER) BASS REGISTER||Individual Bass Details - Selmer|
|COMMITTEE - Standard 3" Deep Body||THE COMMITTEE
|Individual Guitars Details|
|COMMITTEE THINLINE - 2" Deep Body||THE
|Individual Guitar Details|
|COMMITTEE BASS||THE COMMITTEE BASS REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|GOLDEN HOFNER - Standard 3" Deep Body||THE GOLDEN HOFNER &HOFNER DELUXE REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|GOLDEN HOFNER THINLINE - 2" Deep Body|
|HOFNER (COMMITTEE) DELUXE||Individual Guitars Details|
|AMBASSADOR||THE AMBASSADOR REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|VERITHIN||THE VERITHIN REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|VERITHIN BASS||THE VERITHIN BASS REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|PRESIDENT - Standard 3" Deep Body||THE PRESIDENT REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|PRESIDENT THINLINE - 2" Deep Body||THE PRESIDENT THINLINE REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|"CLUB" 125, 126, 127, 128, & 1260 - European & US Markets||THE CLUB MODEL REGISTER (EUROPEAN & US)||Individual Guitar Details|
|CLUB 40, 50, 60, & 70 (UK Selmer with Serial No)||THE CLUB MODEL REGISTER (SELMER)||Individual Guitar Details|
|SENATOR - Standard 3" Deep Body||THE SENATOR REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|SENATOR THINLINE - 2" Deep Body||THE SENATOR THINLINE REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|CONGRESS (PLUS EARLY SQUARE DANCE, & FOUR SQUARE VERSIONS )||THE CONGRESS REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|ARCHTOP BASSES - 500/3, 500/5, 500/10 SENATOR BASS, PRESIDENT BASS||THE ARCHTOP BASSES REGISTER|
|COLORAMA SOLID (Selmer Serial Nos.)||THE COLORAMA REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|
|HOFNER 160, 161, 162, 163, 164 SOLIDS||THE 160,161,162,163,164 REGISTER||Individual Guitars Details|