Before you contact us have you tried to find out some information elsewhere? In particular have you been to the Vintage Hofner website, run independently, from the UK. You should visit this website for a wealth of information about vintage Höfners.
We will try to assist with identification and dating of an old Höfner guitar. But please be aware of the following:
Most old Höfners do not have serial numbers. The exceptions are those guitars sold be Selmer in the UK which will (probably) have a number stamped into the back of the headstock and guitars sold by Van Wouw in the Netherlands.
If you wish us to attempt to identify and date your guitar then you must do the following:
We do not have parts for vintage guitars. Parts for guitars made many years ago are not stocked and are not available.
Many of the parts made were from local manufacturers many of whom have long since ceased trading. Höfner, like all manufacturers, has changed suppliers over the years and we have also changed designs and fittings to suit new models. In the same way that Mercedes would not be able to now supply parts for a car made in the 1950s neither can Höfner supply parts for a guitar made then.
Also, please note, we do not supply parts direct from the workshops. If you contact us asking to buy parts we will not supply them.
Some of the parts we use today can be used for vintage guitar and bass restorations.:
If the part is not on this list then we do not have it.
There are a number of independent companies that supply some parts that are suitable for vintage Höfner guitars. We supply some of these parts whilst they manufacture some themselves.
Thomann (worldwide) - www.thomann.de
Project Guitar Parts (UK) - www.projectguitarparts.co.uk also carries out pickup rewinding.
Musikkeller (Germany) - http://www.musikkeller.com/
Sound Affects Music (UK) - http://www.soundaffectsmusic.com/
North Coast Music (USA) - http://www.voxshowroom.com/northcoast/hofner/hofner_parts/
Parts is Parts (USA) - http://www.guitar-parts.com/catalog/hofner-parts-0
Great Guitars (Australia) - http://www.greatguitars.com.au/Hofner_Parts.html
We do not carry out repairs or restorations to vintage Höfner instruments.
We always recommend that you employ the services of a qualified and recommended luthier.
We cannot advise you how to restore or repair your old Höfner.
We publish some wiring schematics on this website for vintage Höfners. These are all we have now. If your guitar is not on the list then we do not have the schematic.
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