The page where other people's Hofners are featured.
VISITORS' HOFNER COLLECTIONS
Two Hofner 4578 semi-acoustics flanking a Hofner 500/8 Bass
Over the past ten years or so of my website
being on-line, I have been sent many pictures of Hofners from all over
the world. A large number of these are included in the specific-type galleries. Several visitors
have however, sent me images of
all or part of their entire collections. Rather than include these very
impressive displays with the individual guitar images in the original
galleries, I have decided to set up this separate gallery. Believe me,
these collections deserve their own page!
OWN HOFNER COLLECTIONS
- THE GEORG STROBEL HOFNER
A large and important collection of Hofner archtoped,
classical, student classical, and acoustic flattop guitars. George has
generously provided many photos of his classical and "Western" guitars in
particular to this website over many years, hence allowing me to cover as wide
a range as possible in the picture galleries. I am very much indebted to him
for all his support.
ROBINSONS' "HIS" & "HER'S"
It would appear that John Robinson's family like
to have matching solid guitars. Take a look at these two pairs of
matching Hofner axes!
The backbone of Antonio Ongarello's collection are three
beautiful Hofner A2 model guitars dating from around 1980; two A2L full-bodied
archtops and an A2HL thinline. Also in the collection are two late 1960's
Hofner basses; a 500/1 Violin Bass and a 500/2 Club Bass.
HOFNERS IN THE RED ROOM
John Robinson in North Yorkshire, England has a varied collection, but with a
tendency towards red-finished guitars!
Four guitars in the collection of Norbert Boekhout from
The Netherlands. Two lovely acoustic flattops and a two Violin Basses.
- MR NATE
LAMY'S HOFNER CHANCELLOR ARCHTOP COLLECTION
Five beautiful examples
of Hofner's current top-of-the-range archtop from the collection of that
highly knowledgeable archtop enthusiast, Mr Lamy from Canada. They includes
the Chancellor prototype which was fitted with 24 frets.
- DIETER SEROWY'S
collection of two Golden Hofners, four Hofner 470/4700 models, and the
unique Golden/4700 Prototype guitar
which is featured elsewhere on this
- THE PYRAMID STRINGS COLLECTION
Pyramid Company have had a close association with the H�fner Company for
many years. This started with the supply of all types of strings to H�fner back in the pre-World War days in
again from the late 1940's when both companies had re-located to Bavaria and
finally to Bubenreuth.
The Pyramid Company have recently purchased
many of Christian Benker's collection of H�fner guitars and basses, and
these now take pride of place in the Pyramid historical collection of Bubenreuth
musical artefacts. This must now be the definitive collection of H�fner
guitars in the World.
- THE HOFNER
The present-day Hofner
Company are very aware and proud of their heritage. Over recent years they
have put together quite a collection of vintage
and not-so-vintage guitars at Hagenau, which is used both as a general
design inspiration and also in order to check the authenticity of their
re-issue models. The linked photo shows just a selection of that collection.
- THE FULL
SUITE - THREE GOLDEN HOFNERS
Golden Hofners are rare (and very
beautiful) guitars. A single one is the centre-piece of any collection. Mike
in the UK has three, and they are examples of the three types of Golden made
- the acoustic, the electric full-bodied, and the thinline electric models!
- THOMAS P. LOPEZ' HOFNER VIOLIN BASS COLLECTION
lovely Hofner 500/1 Basses spanning a period of 25 years. Owned by Thomas P.
Lopez in Arizona, USA.
Geoff Walton's personal collection of very-thin
bodied Hofner guitars........and a 1971 Verithin Bass!
Great photos of a wide selection of post-2000 Hofner
Verythins from Nate Lamy in Canada.
- THE GUY
AUDOUX HOFNER ARCHTOP COLLECTION
The Hofner Club Collection is three
items below........this is now Guy's archtop collection! There are some
seriously early 1950's Hofner archtops featured in this very impressive
photograph. Guy has supported this website over the past years with
many contributions to the Visitor Galleries. I am very grateful to him.
FORSAITH'S HOFNER COLLECTION
An interesting collection of Hofner's
small-body guitars/basses that Graham has put together in Sydney,
ARMSTRONG'S GARDEN COLLECTION
It is amazing what can be found in a
Scottish garden! Kaiser Matt's four early Coloramas for instance.
- GUY AUDOUX
HOFNER CLUB COLLECTION
Three beautiful mint-condition Clubs owned by
Guy Audoux in France.
ESPINOSA'S HOFNER BASS COLLECTION
Two 500/1 and two 500/5 basses, one of which is the 1959 "Sutcliffe" version. John is from Sydney, Australia.
- HOFNER PAUL'S COLLECTION
seriously impressive quality collection - one of the best (maybe the best?)
in the UK. Paul has been involved in Hofner collecting for most of his life
and has recently pruned his Hofners down to just his favourites. It doesn't
get much better than this !!
TAYLOR'S HOFNER PRESIDENT & CONGRESS COLLECTION
Two early Congress guitars and pair of late 1950's Presidents, one of
which is an early thinline.
HALL'S HOFNER PRESIDENT COLLECTION
Eight Presidents from the 1950's and 1960. Probably the most of that model that I have seen in any collection.
LOB'S HOFNER COLLECTION
Stefan has an extensive collection of German guitars in
general. The photos show the Hofner guitars included in that
A very comprehensive collection consisting mainly of Hofner vintage solid
guitars and basses.
CHRISTIAN BENKER COLLECTION
Christian Benker worked for the Hofner Company from 1963
his retirement in 1998. From 1982 until his retirement, he was the
Company President. His personal collection of Hofner instruments covers
all periods of Hofner's post-war history.
SNELL'S HOFNER BASS COLLECTION
John, from California, USA, still has the 1967 500/1
purchased new whilst at High School! It has now been joined by some
more rather tasty examples from 1963, 1964, and 1965, plus two nice
- DAVE HESLOP'S
HOFNER BASS COLLECTION
An impressive collection of five 500/1's from the most
desirable period - from 1957 through to 1966.
- FRAN FESTA'S
HOFNER BASS COLLECTION
Fran in Pennsylvania, USA owns five beautiful 500/1 basses, both
"vintage" (including a 1963 Selmer Violin Bass) and re-issue versions.
STOCKLEY'S HOFNER COLLECTION
As well as being Hofner's Sales Director, Graham Stockley also collects
Hofner guitars, old and new. The linked photo page shows some of his
own personal Hofners, including a 1963 500/1 Bass and a beautiful old
Hofner 125 Club guitar fitted with the early Fuma pickups.
- THE LATE MIKE KENNEDY'S HOFNER
Regulars to this website will be saddened to hear that Mike Kennedy
passed away on the 18th November 2006. He was a great musician and a
De BONDT'S HAWAIIAN / LAP-STEEL GUITAR COLLECTION
For the electric Hawaiian guitar enthusiasts. René has put
together an impressive collection of Hofner and Framus lap-steel
guitars, plus a real beauty that he has made himself.
McKINNON'S HOFNER COLLECTION
Four Committees, and a Hofner 496 Western cutaway flattop make up the
backbone of Ramsay's impressive collection of Hofners from the 1950's
and 60's, up there in Scotland.
- JIM McGREGOR'S
A Golden Hofner AND a Hofner Deluxe AND five Committees........all on
one photograph !! Jim in Scotland is a very lucky guy!!!!!
- PETER KANE'S HOFNER
Peter is another Hofner collector who lives in Scotland.
- IAN THOMSON'S
A well balanced collection of Hofners in lovely condition. There is
even a Congress with Hank Marvin's signature on the body top! Ian is
yet another collector living in Scotland.
- FRANK ALLEN'S
Frank is a member of one of the UK's most famous bands - The Searchers
- and he has acquired some lovely Hofners over the years, which I am
delighted to show on this website. Many thanks Frank !!
- AL WOOD'S
A very nice collection of 1950's and early '60s Hofners, including some
of the Selmer distributed guitars and a beautiful old 465 model. Al
lives in New Mexico, USA.
- THE NICK WASS
HOFNER SOLIDS COLLECTION
A collection of Selmer UK distributed solids from the "boom days" of
1963 to 1965.
BADAWAY'S HOFNER SHORTY COLLECTION
Al has put together a very impressive collection of all three types of
1980's Shorty travel guitar. He has also made available his experience
of these little but powerful guitars for the production of a Shorty
Fact File elsewhere on this website.
GOLDAU'S HOFNER COLLECTION
A nicely balanced collections of 1950's and 60's archtops and solids,
all in beautiful, original condition. Detlev lives in Germany.
COLACINO'S HOFNER BASS COLLECTION
Four interesting left-handed Hofners make up this collection, one of
which was played by Lenie when he was in the cast of the Broadway
production of "Beatlemania".
- THE H.
J. KAMPHUIS HOFNER SOLIDS COLLECTION
H.J. in The Netherlands has put together a very nice collection of
European market solids which span the 1960's period.
- JASON WILLIAMS'
Four lovely examples of Selmer distributed guitars - two basses, a Club
60 and a Congress. Jason was one of the original visitors to this
website and lives out in Australia.
- JOHN HALL'S HOFNER
A Verithin, 4575, Club 50, Senator Thinline, and a President together
with a Hofner 191 Doubleneck make up John's nicely balanced collection.
- BOB BULLOCK'S HOFNER
Five immaculate archtops, all with Compensator tailpieces, plus a
Verithin, Colorama, and three Committees, all in mint condition.
- NICK SMITH'S HOFNER
Nick, in Kent England, has put together a nice collection of Selmer
distributed archtops, including an 1954 President and a 1956 Committee.
- RICK BIRON'S HOFNER
The heart of Rick's collection are three Hofner 459(ii) "violin"
guitars. Also a nice pair of 12-strings and a Model 4572 semi. Rick's
home is in Florida USA.
- GREG FEO'S HOFNER BASS
A very large collection of 500/1's, 500/2's, and 500/5's with the odd
President Bass thrown in for good measure. These are the guitars that
were featured in "Vintage Guitar Magazine" - September 2003 edition.
Greg lives in California, USA.
On 28th September 2005, Greg and his wife Carrie lost their home to a
bush fire that swept through that area of California. During the fire,
most of Greg's guitar and amplifier collection were lost. This website
offers Greg and Carrie all our heartfelt sympathy. Thank God nobody was
- JEFF SHERMAN'S HOFNER
Four Hofner archtops which encompass 40 years of Hofner jazz guitar
history. From the 1950's Hofner Senator, a 1960's Committee, a
beautiful Attila Zoller model from the 1980's, through to the Jazzica
of the present day. Jeff lives in Kentucky, USA.
- PAUL REYNOLDS' HOFNER
Four beautiful blonde Committees, plus a blonde President! One of the
Committees has unusual factory-fitted electrics, and may well be a
prototype. Paul lives in Hertfordshire, England.
- DAVID ROGERS' SENATOR
Three gorgeous pre-1960 Senators, two of these being electrics fitted
with the round control panel. David's home is in Norfolk, England.
- SOREN KOCH'S HOFNER
These are the Hofners that were featured in the UK's "Guitar Magazine"
- November 2002 edition. Soren lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- MICHAEL GUTHRIE'S
HOFNER "CLUB" COLLECTION
A very nice collection of Club 40/50/60's, plus a pair of Hofner
basses. A backline of pre-1963 JMI Vox amps adds the finishing touch to
- JO RAFFEL'S HOFNER
A very impressive collection of a broad range of Hofner bass models. Jo
lives in Germany.
- JOE BAIARDI'S
HOFNER BASS COLLECTION
Superb right and left handed basses from 1963 and 1966. Joe comes from
A 1956 Committee and a beautiful c1966 Hofner 4700 form the centre
pieces of Mike's collection out there in Australia. Also featured is a
Club 60, a 461, a 465, and two heavily modified Hofner Super Solids
which Mike uses as "working" guitars.
- BILL RITCHIE'S HOFNER BASSES
Three re-issues of the 500/1 and an original 1966 model in this
collection. Bill comes from Illinois, USA.
- DANIEL LEE'S COLLECTION
Beautiful examples of the Committee, President, Senator, Club 50, and
457 guitars, all previously owned by Daniel Lee in Australia, but now
for sale at Great
Guitars, Australia I understand. Daniel's
photography is pretty impressive too!
WASSGREN'S BEATLE HOFNERS
Larry from the USA has put together a collection of those Hofner models
associated with the early days of the Beatles. Correct models, dates,
finishes,.........Fab! Yeah, Yeah!
Ramsay McKinnon's collection of Committees spans just about the whole
development period of this fine guitar.
- TWIN 1964 HOFNER
These two beauties have been owned since new by brothers Roger and
Lindsay Wilkin in the UK. Maybe not a "collection" in the true sense of
the word, but pretty unique in my opinion!
- THE PITTSBURGH
Carl of Pittsburgh Guitars, Pittsburgh,USA has provided this photograph
of his personal Hofner collection, but they are not for sale!! There
are a lot of guitars in this picture, and hence a long downloading
period (362Kb), but it is well worth the wait. Take a look at those old
125 and 126 "Club" Model guitars!
- 1954, 1958, & 1962 HOFNER SENATORS
A trio of Senators owned by Peter van de Ven in the Netherlands. Just
about the whole history of the Senator in one collection!