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Hofner Golden Archtop circa 1969

Sold ! This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2011-01-30)
Price : US $ 2950

Hofner Golden Archtop circa 1969 Hofner Golden Archtop circa 1969 Hofner Golden Archtop circa 1969

This is a very clean 470-SE2.

It has two built in humbucking double pole pickups similar to the original PAF, but clearer and more gain.

As the top of their line, it has all beautiful seasoned, fully carved woods. Even with the installed pickups a surprisingly good acoustic sound which is fine for practice or recording.

Remember that Hofner was an old world string instrument company with age old woods and great luthiers.

Unlike the earlier Golden Archtops that had a horrible array of buttons, this uses a conventional electrical setup, with volume controls and tone and a toggle switch for the pickups. Thus you can make quick throws to volume, essential for jazz when you change from comping to lead. Some "experts" say the Golden Grail was those earlier awkward, inferior models. This is best Hofner ever made. The brand new Hofners look great, but they are made, usually of laminated woods in China and then finalized in West Germany. However, there's a lot of tap carving in creating an instrument that is lost.

The only "defects" are numerous cracks in the clear coat finish, but the wood is perfect.

It is unusual compared to other great archtops in that the fingerboard had a 10\\\" radius.

That\\\'s more curve than comparable Gibson archtops but much less than a strat.

The golden hardware shows no signs of wear, the frets are perfect, the electronics original and I had the pots and switches cleaned up and some minor fingerboard dressing.

The pictures I have on the web
are much higher density and much better.
The pictures are on the web at

I have not been playing with a pick so this is a sloppy sound bite I completed on my IPHONE.

I'm located just outside Sacramento California and I would prefer a buyer actually plays it to their hearts content and buy with cash to shipping it. To ship it in the US
would be $100.

I can be reached at 321-591-1954 or However, my email is so burried I may miss the email.

Sold ! This guitar is sold (sold on 2011-01-30)

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