The next Colorama
model had a more "semi-solid" construction, with plywood top and
bottom of the body, sandwiching cheap solid timber. It was fitted with a different scratchplate, and the metallic finishes were dropped in favour of a beautiful dark red cellulose. Probably the best identification feature of this model is the twin gold stripes running around the body sides - presumably to disguise the joints in the "solid" body?
The 160 and 162 received a 6-a-side headstock from about 1960 onwards and were then called the 161 and 162(ii). Whilst the UK Colorama progressed onto an entirely different design at about the same time, the semi-solid 161 and 162(ii) continued for European consumption until about 1968.
The next Colorama to arrive on the UK's shores was provided with a genuine all-solid wood body. The neck was still glued into the body (a set-neck) and it still had its 6-a-side headstock angled back (just like on my own 1961 Hofner V3).
The comparative non-Selmer models are the Hofner 163 (single pickup) and Model 164 (two pickups). The finish was a beautiful translucent ruby wine colour and the headstock had a black plastic facia with a Hofner logo decal set on this. The set neck was three piece mahogany, with a reasonable quality rosewood fingerboard.
Single and twin "toaster" pickups were available, together with the standard Hofner control consul. A few later guitars of this model were fitted with the "diamond" pickup units. Hofner integral vibrato units were offered from about 1962.
These budget cost guitars gave the feeling of quality by the bucket-load, and my view is that they were the best Colorama's made.
Selmer List Price in 1961:
One Pickup Model - 23gns
Two Pickup Model - 27gns
|Colorama I||? - ?||? - 499||1154 - ?||1300 - ?||944 - ?||964 - ?|
|Colorama II||? - ?||? - 891||892 - 1700||2154 - 2902||2953 -?||3639 -?|