c1978 HOFNER T2S SEMI-ACOUSTIC GUITAR

- CONVERSION TO LEFT HANDED

 

COURTESY OF JENS KNOOP OF LEFTHAND GEAR, ESSEN, GERMANY:

 

       

The T2S after conversion from being a right-handed guitar to a left-handed.

 

 

 

 

 

........and with a new "Brit-look" paint job!

 

The plugging of the drill holes at the original locations for the right-handed control pots and switches.

JENS EXPLAINS..........

I owned this guitar from around 1979/'80. I used it a lot back then, and it got its first traces of heavy use.

I believe that this could well be a pre-production model - its label says 'T2S' - but there is no headstock binding or access panel in the body back, which I believe is unusual for a T2S. It is equipped with 2 tone and 1 master-volume controls and the passive wiring includes humbucker / split / out of phase modes. I cannot identify the pickup make as they are not stamped or labeled.

I converted it immediately to left-handed -making a rather crap job of it! Please excuse me, though it was my only chance of getting a "330-a-like" left-handed guitar in those days. It did however scream through a Plexi until the mid-90's, when I finally got around to repairing the open routing for the neck pickups leads and simply flipped the pickguard. I then forgot all about it

In Summer 2016 my friend Thomas Allan, whilst handing over his old Epiphone Dot for me to carry out an impossible repair on, explained that he needed a 335-type guitar. I opened the T2S case an hour later ... "Oh it looks as beaten up as it was when I stored it back in the 1990's, BUT it did produce that big dry tone as soon as I plugged it in! Although I still needed to carry out more work on it, I gave the guitar to Thomas in order to support a great artist, and knowing that he would make it scream again! (You can get more information about Thomas Allan's music at https://www.facebook.com/thomasallanmusic/ )

 The old output jack side hole is filled with a 5-Pence. The new one needs some work to get into a proper shape, which will be a hard fight against the maple. Every screw on the guitar is still original though!

The broken British flag design made with masking tape seems to be a nice solution and yeah, I like it.

 




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