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Hofner Committee (1963)

Price: £999.00
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This Hofner Committee from 1963 (serial number 3903) features a carved Spruce top, Birds Eye Maple back & sides and a flamed Maple neck. In addition the Committee features a decoration on the back only found on this model, Hofner's heavy tailpiece, rosewood bridge and a clear Lucite Hofner pickguard and a Rosewood fingerboard and headstock with elaborate inlays.

This example is in great condition other than a mark on the top of the guitar (see photos) that at some point has had a diamond-shaped piece of pearloid put over it to cover it up (included, fell off without much persuasion!). In addition the tuners are potentially non-original (but certainly old) and a strap button has been fitted to the heel.

Here is what say about the Comittee model...

'Top of the regular range of Hofner archtops, the Committee was designed to impress. It was introduced as a UK-only model around 1953/54. The Committee sported the over-large "frondose" headstock up to 1963, when this was replaced by a President size headstock, but still retaining the the impressive "tulip" style mother of pearl inlays in the facia. Birds eye maple veneer was almost exclusively used for the body back and sides, with carved solid spruce body tops, although these seem to have been replaced with laminated tops during the 1960's, particularly on the electric version. As with the President, a full depth body electric version was available from about 1957, with a thinline model appearing in late 1959. Twin pickups were fitted on these, with four rotary controls plus a large three-way selector switch taking over from the Hofner consul in 1963. This arrangement changed to three rotary controls plus selector switch in 1967. The Committee retained its single Venetian (rounded) body cutaway throughout its production span, which ended around about 1969.'