HOFNER GUITAR PROJECT - PART 10: 

RETAIL PRICES IN 1961

 

Part 10 Example of Retail Prices: UK 1961

Although the upper range Hofners are now fetching serious money, it is worth noting that in their day, they were not particularly cheap guitars. I have detailed below, an extract from a Music Dealers catalogue to illustrate the cost of obtaining a Hofner in the early sixties. To put things into perspective, 15 per week was an average wage at that time, so even the humble Congress would have been quite a consideration.

Look particularly at the cost of a Golden Hofner at around 80 to 100. Today these guitars can demand several thousand pounds. Such is life.

 

MODEL

Golden Hofner Electric 100
Committee Electric (Blonde) 70
Committee Electric (Brunette) 68
Verithin 59
Verithin (With Bigsby) 72
President Electric (Blonde) 46
President Electric (Brunette) 44
Senator Electric (Blonde) 28
Senator Electric (Brunette) 27
Club 60 (Blonde) 44
Club 60 (Brunette) 42
Club 50 (Blonde) 35
Club 50 (Brunette) 34
Club 40 (Blonde) 29
Club 40 (Brunette) 28
Golden Hofner Acoustic 80
Committee Acoustic (Blonde) 50
Committee Acoustic (Brunette) 48
President Acoustic (Blonde) 29
President Acoustic (Brunette) 27
Senator Acoustic (Blonde) 19
Senator Acoustic (Brunette) 18
Congress 15

 

 


 

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Ramsay McKinnon 2006.