New Book Explores The History of Hofner Guitars

Posted by Michael Mueller on February 25, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Hofner Guitar HistoryThere's something to be said of German engineering: BMW and Mercedes, the Madgeburg water bridge, Novocaine ... and thanks to German musical instrument manufacturer Höfner, you can add guitars to that list. In The Höfner Guitar: A History (Hal Leonard), authors Gordon Giltrap and Neville Marten explore the company's golden era, from the late '50s through the early '70s, including interviews with current and former Höfner artists such as Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Albert Lee, and others.

The Höfner Guitar was first published in 1993, by International Music Publications Limited. This 2009 2nd edition includes the artist interviews, the insightful interview with former Höfner managing director Christian Benker, and the fascinating "Memorabilia" chapter featuring reproductions from vintage Selmer catalogs (Höfner's UK distributor) that are all found in the 1st printing, but also adds a brand new introduction written by Giltrap (a photo essay of his amazing personal collection of Höfners is also present) and a new introduction written by Paul Day, in which he offers a decade-by-decade chronicle of Höfner models built from 1965 through 2009.

As a Höfner owner (2009 VeryThin CT), I found the book engaging and compelling, while the photos, or "guitar porn" as we guitar geeks like to call it, are simply fabulous. These fine instruments really are too-often underrated and under-appreciated. If you're in the market for an archtop or a semi-hollow, be sure to check out a Höfner.

To buy The Höfner Guitar: A History, click here. To see and hear a Höfner archtop in action, check out our guitar video lessons with master jazz instructor Sid Jacobs. Here, also, is a killer video of blues-fusion guitarist Chuck D'Aloia playing a Höfner VeryThin CT. This model retails for just $799, with a street price around $500-$550. In short, it's a steal!

For more on Höfner guitars, please visit their official web site.


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