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THE HOFNER COLORAMA - FACT FILE


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The Colorama was the budget Hofner solid guitar in Selmer's catalogue. It was made specifically for the UK market, (although it was also distributed all over the world to Commonwealth countries by Selmer). The various models ran in parallel with and were almost identical to, similar non-Selmer distributed instruments in Hofner's main catalogue, i.e. the 160, 161, 162, and 164. In common with all other Selmer distributed Hofners, the Colorama always has a serial number, which in this case is stamped on the back of the headstock.
The Colorama was very popular in the UK between about 1961 and 1964, and was responsible for launching many budding guitarists into the world of rock bands and electric guitars.

The following notes indicate the main versions of the Selmer-distributed Colorama that were produced. (Note - the European versions were produced over different periods - see the European Solids Gallery Page for information on these.) Please bear in mind however that transition models and variations from the norm do exist. That, after all, is Hofner for you!







SERIAL NUMBERS FOR THE COLORAMA

(These must be treated with caution, and used as an approximate guide only.)


196019611962196319641965
Colorama I ? - ? ? - 4991154 - ?1300 - ?944 - ?964 - ?
Colorama II? - ? ? - 891 892 - 1700 2154 - 29022953 -? 3639 -?





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