Höfner 450 Archtop guitar – Germany – 1953

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Acoustic Hollow Body Archtop guitar



Budget full-size (16″ lower bout) archtop, with minimum binding/purfling to body. Manufactured between around 1953 and the 1980’s, over which time Hofner produced many variations on the theme. Majority finished in brown tobacco sunburst, but also some in wine red sunburst. Some versions in the late 50’s/early 60’s were characterized by the celluloid rhomboid shape on the headstock. Early ones just had a plain varnished headstock without fascia. Most had no binding to the soundholes and body back, but this did eventually changed in later models, with binding appearing on the back of the body at the end of the 1960’s.

Last updated on 12 October 2020
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