Höfner 455 Archtop guitar – Germany – 1949

Höfner 455 E1 Archtop guitar The Guitar database


Electric Hollow Body Archtop guitar


Brown Tobacco finish and a red shaded finish during the 1960s.

Laminated maple top, (slightly) flamed maple back and sides.


Other than the very early examples, they have binding to back and sides of the body, but earlier guitars did not have neck binding. Initially the rhomboid headstock fascia design was used, but this was changed on later guitars to the three pearloid/tortoiseshell strip design. Made both with and without cutaway. Produced between 1949 & 1970. Acoustic & Electric (one, two, or three pickups) versions available.

Last updated on 12 October 2020
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