The page where other people's Hofners are featured.
HOFNER JUGEND / WANDER / STUDENT GUITARS
Hofner advertised their budget flattop
range as "Classic Guitars for Beginners" in the 1970's, but generally they were referred
to in the catalogues as "Jugend" (Youth) or "Wander"
guitars. These were a
mixture of steel strung and nylon strung models, some having a more
classical guitar appearance than others, and most having a slightly shorter
scale than the Classical Concert guitars.
following picture-sets of Hofner guitars have been sent to me
years by their owners. This has allowed me to present a much greater
range of models and vintages than encompassed by my own
collection on the website, and maybe this will help other visitors to
the site to identify and date their own Hofner.
They should be studied in conjunction with the
much more comprehensive page on this website which describes all the many Jugend/Wander
models produced by Hofner:
MODEL 509 ACOUSTIC GUITAR
The Model 509 was at the more basic end of the range and was
fitted with steel strings. It had a solid spruce top with laminated
sides and slightly arched back, but no body binding. The small body
lower bout measurement was 13½". This lovely example is
owned by Franck Raimundo in France.
HOFNER MODEL 512
Again, a very basic guitar with painted binding to the body and
model seem to have varied in specification over the years - sometimes
it had a laminated body
top, sometimes a solid spruce top. Also, it was shown in the catalogue
at various times fitted with either nylon or steel strings. Owned by
Joachim Herl in Germany.
1980's HOFNER MODEL
5120 BG STUDENT GUITAR By the 1970's the 512 had developed into the
and 5121 models. These were nylon-strung guitars with a solid spruce
top and a decal-type soundhole rosette. The 5120 was available with both a matt
or a gloss finish but with a natural un-tinted top, whereas the 5121 had a polished gloss
finish with a light brown stained top. Only the top of the body was bound. The
"BG" version of the 5120 was introduced in 1973 and was given a
wider neck (50mm at the nut) than the usual 45mm on Hofner Jugend guitars.
This example is owned by Mathias in Germany, and has been
photographed by Georg Strobel.
513 ACOUSTIC GUITAR
A little higher up in the budget acoustics range, this little guitar
had a solid spruce top with laminated maple back and sides. It also
sported a modest soundhole decoration which was carved into the top. As
appears common with the budget "Classics", the guitar was designed to
use steel strings, although certain Hofner catalogues describe the
guitar as being nylon strung. The 513 had a lower bout measurement of
13½", but a larger bodied version with a lower bout of 14"
was also produced called the 513G model. This example is owned by
Christopher in Madrid, Spain.
517 ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Solid spruce top, flame maple back and sides, and
"herring-bone" purfling around the body top and soundhole. No binding
to the back of the body though. (!) This example is owned by Tim in
520 ACOUSTIC GUITAR
A small steel-strung guitar that was first introduced in 1952. It was
usually finished in red or brown/red sunburst and was equipped with a
trapeze tailpiece to handle the steel strings and a white pearloid
scratchplate. The Model 522 (below) was very similar, but the 520 had a
solid headstock instead of the slotted type found on the 522. It was
discontinued in 1968, leaving the 522 to soldier on until 1981.
MODEL 522 ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Introduced two years earlier than its cousin the 520 in 1950, this
steel-strung guitar is easily identified by its trapeze tailpiece, slotted
screwed-on scratchplate. All body timbers were laminated maple. During
the 1970's, there was actually a nylon-strung version called the Model
522a, with a conventional glued-on classical bridge tailpiece. Owned by Guy
Audoux in France.
HOFNER MODEL 522 ACOUSTIC
A guitar from the similar mid/late 1960's period to the one above, and
therefore fitted with a spruce body top, but with the usual slightly-flamed
maple back. Owned by Dariusz Zajaczkowski in Poland.
MODEL 523 ACOUSTIC GUITAR The predecessor to the 522a guitar mentioned
above, this model was produced from 1961 to 1970. Its main recognition
features are a red finish, the classical guitar style combined
tailpiece/bridge, and the rather nice white pearloid binding to the body
top/back edges and soundhole. This example is owned by Thomas Biilmann in
483 ACOUSTIC GUITAR A higher quality "Wander"/"Jugend"
guitar produced in the 1950's and 60's. This example is owned by Franco
Calvano in Toulouse, France.
MODEL 4830 ACOUSTIC GUITAR
This model was at the top of Hofner's "Classic Guitars for
Beginners" range in the 1970's. It had a solid spruce top and nicely
flamed maple back and sides. Binding was only applied around the top
edge of the body however. Owned by Bryan Hackett of Yorkshire, England.
There were also
short-necked "Youth Guitars" called the TS30 and TS40 for younger
players which were finished in similar outrageous colours. Many thanks
to Alfred Ruhfass in Germany for the photos and information.
"TREND STYLE" MODEL TS1 "GREEN STRIPE" In
Hofner's marketing information, the TS1 was a blue colour and called "Blue
Stripe". This example is green and has stripes, and I have also seen a "Red
Stripe". Hofner were never too good at keeping to a strict specification!
Owned by Manfred Bier in Germany.
1964/65 HOFNER 'FLAMENCO' CLASSICAL GUITAR
A classical guitar that was of lower quality than the Selmer-distributed Concert and Vienna.
The Flamenco was based on the Hofner 514 Model, which seems to have been
classified both as a Concert and Jugend guitar grade at various times by
Hofner. A near-mint
example owned by David Inkel in the UK.
HOFNER MATADOR CLASSICAL GUITAR
The Matador was introduced to the Selmer catalogue around 1967. It was
intended to be a budget-grade guitar, and sold for a lower price than
even the Flamenco model, which was strangely retained in the range. It
had a spruce top with laminated plain maple back and sides. The
equivalent to the Matador in the general Hofner range was probably the
512/5120 model. This example is owned by Dennis Kilmore in the UK.