1980/81 HOFNER MODEL T6-S
SERIAL No: 210624
This guitar is factory-fitted with two Di Marzio humbucking
Note the nicely flamed one-piece maple neck,
and one piece maple back.
The guitar's 30mm body width is nicely shown
in this photo. The top of the body is laminated spruce.
ALAN COMMENTS ON THE T6S:
"It is the twin Di Marzio
version, factory fitted. These
pickups are amazingly powerful - quite a handful on active circuit.
Interestingly, Hofner mastered the volume boost problem that Gibson always
suffered and designed their active circuit to compensate so that you can
toggle between passive and active and the volume stays the same - very clever
and just what a player needs. On passive it has a conventional tone control
although it is very subtle, on active the acoustic filter (notch filter)
works like an EQ but with compensated top end. When the filter is rolled off
toward Bass, the top end notes still retain their volume so that the sound
doesn't become dark and muddy. Again, very clever. It overcomes that problem
of not being able to play top end melody when the tone is fully on Bass. With
this arrangement you can!
The body is true semi-acoustic.
The sustain bar is full length with an acoustic pocket either side but the
absence of f-holes means that it is hardly acoustic at all. On the other hand,
brilliant for negating feedback so, all round, quite a machine.
I suspect that Hofner were much
impressed when designing the T6S by Gibson's ES Artist model, which also did
not have f-holes and used active circuitry."
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